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- A Postmodern Wedding
Occasionally our cultural climate doles out opportunities to compensate for the cinematic inadequacy of our lives.
- A Little Happiness, Coffee, Beer, and Lots Of Living
Happiness, I've noticed, depends on what time of the day it is.
- On the Task of Writing Meaningful Words
Out of all the creative forms, it's writing that asks for the most meager of capital investments:
- Fiction: Dessicate
I did notice the subtleties around me. The ones that made the times I live in, the place I grew up.
- Organic Social Development
We must serve society in harmony with our own nature and the nature outside us
- Ineffable Serenity, Part 4
Lucknow was looking beautiful in the morning like a gorgeous woman with wet hair.
- Ineffable Serenity, Part-3
"I love you too." She said soothingly.
- Glorifying the Hack Historian
Romila Thapar was never really a historian.
- India : 85th on Global Corruption Index
India's Central Vigilance Commission has taken umbrage at a recent report of Transparency International the global corruption tracking watch dog.
- Jade Goody and the Sanctity of Death
A death bed scene cannot really be telecast like a 20-20 cricket match of the IPL.
- Delhi 6 - Kaala Bandaar - The Evil Within
There is indeed an element of evil that prowls in our hearts.
- Poessay: Honesty and Trust
When things do not affect us directly we can afford to be brutally truthful
- Cecilia Makiwane Hospital, Symbol of Hope and Courage in South Africa
Cecilia Makiwane Hospital remains a symbol of hope as it is the symbol of anti apartheid struggle, courage and catering to thousands of disadvantaged patients
- Photo Essay: Smell of an Indian Bazaar
Russell Market is one of the oldest markets in Bangalore and it was built in 1927.
- Poessay: Rosary 23: Musings
What if nothing is the vacuum cementing life to death.
- A Different World Part II: Zina ul Haq's Debauchery
The denial of one's roots and ersatz emphasis on an alien culture led to an influx of mental and sexual depravity.
- Poessay: Rosary 22 - A Simple Poem
the moving finger writes and having writ...
- Terrorism - What's Under The Surface?
Terrorism is only a symbol of the sort of world we live inUma Ranganathan
OPINION | Politics: India, Politics: Corruption, Media: Newspapers, Culture: Society, Culture: Social Issues, Culture: Relationships, Culture: Essay, Culture: Education, Culture: City Life, BizTech: Globalization, BizTech: Environment, BizTech: Development, BizTech: Consumers, Politics: War on Terror
- My Friend, the Landlord
A remarkable woman who is transforming the hearts of Indian landlords in the hinterland
- Ending Coercive Land Acquisition - Creating Options
If this method is so simple, why hasn’t it been tried already for land acquisition?Somik Raha
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- Poessay: Sea of Affliction and Omni Vincit Amor
Every inadvertent touch is euphoric, delirious, ecstatic, devouring, entrancing, rapturous, and transporting - transporting them to the distant stars.
- Machiavellian Fire Fighters
It is always better to blow up the problem and then get recognition for fire fighting than to nip it in the bud.
- Poessay: Takht, Takhta and Takhti
under the peepul tree, mat, breeze and takhti / not to forget the zee nib, ink and pot / now the a-c room, PC and
And then you find the Brussels sprouts in your box.
- Poessay: Rosary 14 - Snow Flakes
a lazily floating snow flake / glided past my window / a white nebulae in reach / altzing poodle's ears
- Our Lives Laid Bare
Its in the blood of writers - take V.S Naipaul for example.
- Poessay: On Writer's Block
Sit down. Roll out a fresh sheet or turn on a fresh page on the laptop. Look around. Start writing. Don't stare.
- Poessay: Rosary 13 - By the Lake
Be the change you want to see in the world - MKG
- Poessay: the one time
the one time the bulldozer had stopped dead...instead of Rachel Corrie
- Poessay: Rosary 12 - Kohled Eyes
Eyes are an entry into soul: they also guard the entrance.
- The Left are Better Left Behind
What is "right" for the "left"? If left behind, the country can go "right forward"
- Poessay: Rosary 11 - Creating In Isolation
Life keeps returning. No death can keep it at bay. Disaster, calamities, dictators and ultra-orthodox firebrands do not know this.
- Poessay: A New Cult?
do you feel good and do you spread goodness?
- People And Their Opinions
Can we achieve a state of 'shooting the message and not the messenger'?
- Poessay: Rosary 9 - Life Rosary I
words without soul is a boat without oars
- Poessay: Rosary 8 - Voices In The Air
Capture the stray soldiers now, reflect upon the pincer movements later. Time enough to record the battles and wars.
- India's Laws - Out of Sync With Society
Laws in India are paradoxical because they seldom seem to be in sync with society.
- Persevere - And Change Your World
If you want to change world views, opinions, thoughts, policies, laws….. There is only one sustainable way…. Persevere.
- Poessay: Rosary 7 - Under the Jamun Tree
she of quiet grace and words few / she of that ready smile and zest
- Poessay: Rosary 6 - Dinner In The Park
In another era we could be have been sitting around a camp fire and narrating tales from Qissa-e-Chahar Darvesh or Dastaan-e-Amir Hamza.
- Poessay: Rosary 5 - Descending
snow flakes float / from where / the Words / used to descend once
- Poessay: Rosary 4 - Adam and Eve Limited - II
'if you truly are the satan / why are you not leading us astray?' / 'my mission here is accomplished,' said the old man
- Poessay: Rosary 3 - Adam and Eve Limited - I
i offered a shake 'hi adam'...he smiled and said 'no, i am satan'...'then where are your horns?' quizzed hamid
- Poessay: Rosary 2 - Fishing
Just then the wind dropped and a sudden silence overwhelmed. They could now hear the murmur of their hearts.
- Poessay: Rosary 1 - Pink Sand Beach
Thoughts that nurture in mind's oven as we live our allotted three score and ten and either wither away or metamorphose.
- The God in Small Things
Over the years I have discovered I belong to the tribe that gravitates towards the unassuming.
- What the Heart Desires
It was interesting to watch Dil Chahta Hai seven years after the now iconic film was released.
- Pedicures and Paedophiles in Paradise
In Nepal the cost of a child's life is worth about the same as a pedicure
- What is Prejudice?
Is prejudice something learnt in childhood or do we get prejudiced every day?
- Photo Essay: Sunfeast World 10K Run
To be a part of the Sunfeast World 10K run, this is an international annual event, and was organized in India for the first time.
- My Own Private Idaho
I believe it’s better one maintain a relationship only with those who respect you for what you are and love you unconditionally.
- “Oh Boy!”
Man, woman, short. Tall, fat, skinny—what does it matter? Aren’t we all human?
- Oh, To Be In Error: A poessay on Errorists
The morning after if you forget the companion's first name, or mix it with a former partner's - that error, if not deliberate, could be
- Photo Essay: Tramway Trek in Parambikulam
I had to cover close to 50 kms, trekking thorough one of the best biodiversity hotspots in India.
- I’ll Be Gentle: A Poessay on Lenny Bruce
There are exceptions where gentleness ought to be practiced in moderation
- Old Photographs, Memories and Digital Photography
Poor toddlers – they would never know what value a half-torn, wrinkled sepia photograph holds
- The Common Man
Is he the one who is today fading in the shadows of anonymity?
- Book Review: Moby Dick
Surprisingly, while I did find that I had marked at least hundred pages as worth revisiting, I was more disappointed than not, after finishing the