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- Movie Review: Peepli [Live] - Our Apathy Exposed
We, the privileged ones being entertained by an exceptionally talented cast of theatre actors on screen are to blame, too.
- The Great Indian Drive
Driving in India is like the theory of Karma – do your best and leave the rest to your insurance company.
- Gay Trawl
It would be nice to see more gay oriented online magazines such as Gaysi take root in the vistas of the Desi Internet.
- Walking Through a Wheat Field
I hadn't seen wheat farming up close, until I walked into a golden-yellow wheat field in Rajasthan last week.
- Book Review: In an Antique Land
A peek into Rural Egypt and a Coastal town in India in the 12th Century.
- Memories of Medinapur
Medinapur means a lot to me. I grew up hearing tales about Medinapur
- Quacks & Gullible Folk
The quack said, 'You have come in time, otherwise this black hairy thing would have grown like a tennis ball in the stomach and killed
- Notes From a Wretched Old Fellow's Diary
My grandson says I can type diary accounts in the computer.
- The Magic of 'Pata Chitra'
'Pata' in Sanskrit means piece of cloth and 'Chitra' means painting or picture.
- India's Post-Independence Fight For Freedom
Maybe we started taking our precious freedom for granted and needed to be reminded that we simply cannot.Aditi Nadkarni
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- I Heart Pink Chaddis
Your security lies in your own hands because the government..er…gives a rat' arse about it.
For a big city girl, the rural experience was wonderful and relaxing
- Maharashtra Shining? A Close Look at Rural Maharashtra
I come away in deep thought and stay that way for a long while as we drive to different spots
- Saving India's Missing Girls
Caring for unwanted children, feeling their pain and doing something to save their lives beyond yelling and criticizing in media platforms is rare.
- Book Review: Sold by Patricia McCormick
Who are these "shadow" clients who support such a trade? Do I know one? Did I meet such a person yesterday or today?
- Travel Review: Tusker Trails, Bandipur
We spent our night in Bandipur in relative comfort after shooing away a pony who toddled towards us for an apple or two in the
- Justice Delayed for Dalit Girl Burnt Alive in Uttar Pradesh
Illiteracy, poverty, social oppression and lack of medical accessibility to the Dalits in the villages are the root causes of such atrocities and crimes.
- Travel Review: Camel Market at Birqash, Egypt
Egypt's Largest Camel Market - Birqash - where camels are traded for other livestock or cash and are mostly bought for farm work or consumption
- Youth Beaten To Death Over One Rupee
A new low to the value of human life
- The Lion People
Everyone knows about the Masai of Africa, but have you heard of the Lion People of Gujarat?
- Travel Report: Naldhera - Abode of God
An account of our holiday in the Shivaliks, and how I came face-to-face with a simple faith.
- Photo Essay: Tramway Trek in Parambikulam
I had to cover close to 50 kms, trekking thorough one of the best biodiversity hotspots in India.
- Increasing Communication – Declining Communion
How many of us still have old letters – papers yellowing with age and fragile ?
- Book Review: Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson is a luminous book where nostalgia, beauty and realism blend.
- Book Review: Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy
“Whitethorn Woods” is a novel which is really a fable wrapped up as a story.
- Kambala: Racing Buffaloes, The Slushy Way
A day at Kambala, an action packed buffalo racing sport in slushy waters.
- Forever Outsiders
We are the same - immigrants making Bangalore home with affiliations to other states that have become mere nostalgic memories.
- Photo Essay: Athirapally Falls, Kerala
I settle under a rock, and watch this inexplicable performance of the nature as the water falls down this 150 feet cliff, with a standing
- 24/7 Religious Cacophony
4:30 A.M my eyes opened and I sat up in my bed. "What the hell? You've got to be kidding me! I am in HELL!"
- The Demise of the Joker - India's Vanishing Circus
The 130-year-old Indian circus industry, once the favorite form of entertainment with family and friends, is struggling to survive.
- Breaking the Cycle of Consumerism and Poverty
I'm now questioning what I can do,
- Jallikattu - Taming The Bulls In Thammampatti
The ancient bull taming sport of Jallikattu comes alive on Republic Day in Thammampatti as Supreme Court revokes the ban.
- Urdu Poetry at a Funeral
“Haath lage nirman me, nahi marane, nahi mangane (let's use our hands to create, not beg or beat)”
- Baba Amte - Maybe We Will Meet Again!
How do you feel when a great man leaves the world?
- Book Review: My Antonia by Willa Cather
My Antonia is a great novel and reminds me of its relevance in twenty first century India.
- Pongal - An Ancient Harvest
The rural festival has become yet another urban shopping fest
- Girish Bharadwaj: An Unsung Hero
Trifle makes perfection but perfection is not a trifle, these words of wisdom apply to this master artisan.
- Is Literacy a Good Measure Of Education?
Going to school is not the same thing as getting an education.
- Longpi Beer Mugs, Anyone?
Indian craft continues to amaze me. Here’s a little known one - Longpi Ham, the lustrous black pottery of Manipur.
- Satire: I'm Up For Sale on The Dowry Market
I didn't understand the economics behind the 2-3 crores coming in for the Skirts and the American accent.
- Sashaying Through Champaign
Meal: 10 dollars. Drinks: 20 Dollars. Gas: 2.78 dollars. A full tank of gas to park the car: priceless.
- San Diego Fires, Chinese Smog and Desi Dung Patties
This was another contributor to global warming, and yes, an inconvenient truth.
- Rama in Tamil Tradition
The Sangam corpus is typically used as a reliable source for a lot of historical information about Tamil Nadu.
- Book Review: Ganesha Goes to Lunch by Kamla K. Kapur
Myths by their very nature appeal to the heroic, and the virtuous elements of our being.
- Book Review: A Day in Spring by Ciril Kosmač
if it was relevant to Yugoslavians in 1950s, it is even more relevant to young nation of Slovenia now.
- Janki and Mansoor (Chapter 5)
Each chapter is complete short story in itself. Present chapter narrated by Suryakant Tripathi, who sheds some light on his own childhood and life.Vivek Sharma
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- Vinoba Bhave – A Visionary or a Fool?
Vinoba was a communicator of Gandhian thought. Though he had not one bit of Gandhi's charisma, sincerity oozed out of him.
- Salwa Judum - India's Unreported Hidden War
Have you heard about Salwa Judum, India’s hidden war in tribal dominated area of central Indian state Chhattisgarh?
- Poetry: who's on top?
who discovered / the joys of love-making first? / is this a moot point / or is this speculative? and / who was on top
- A Different Sort of Tea
Several things make Makaibari tea very interesting - including 'Tea Deva' - a praying mantis that they call the Tea God.
- Shyam Benegal’s Manthan — A Reminiscence
There are options between the thela pushing vendor and the sanitized environs of the neighborhood super market.
- P. Sainath, Journalist for the Underdog
There is a lot happening in the country, both good and bad and to capture it all, we need more of the P.Sainaths and his
- Movie Review: Naya Daur - Still Relevant
A 50 year old movie being released in color
- Finding Warli Where it Belongs
On my way to Mumbai's Kanheri Caves, I was very pleased to find, for the very first time, Warli art in its natural setting.
- Why I Love the Bombay-Pune Highway
The temptation to get drenched in the waterfalls; to drink, to play, is irresistible. Sometimes you meet really interesting people.
- Life and Death in Israel: Automobile Accidents
Life and death in Israel is about a whole lot more than what folks see or read about overseas.
- Book Review: Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
A story with the backdrop of Indian partition holocaust that displaced 20 million people and killed over a million.
- Ambitious Plans for a World Class University in India
The plans for Vedanta University in India call for 7,500 acres of land to accommodate 100,000 students.
- Young Couple Killed for Marrying in the Same 'Gotra'
Not the first or last time that something like this happened.
- Price for Development: Our Trees
But no real alternative