I was thinking of how Covid might make everyone a carrier of the disease very soon. I am not sure of this but it is a train of thought. It took me back to the time when I made multiple visits to the US from India with both my kids in tow. We had plans … Continue reading Neem

Azadirachta Indica or Neem

The world of nature closely connects with the world of humans, it does and it should. Nature as an essential element of the world around us is being taken over by the artificial infrastructure but when it does connect, one is able to emote to the beauty of it. Nature and nurture- the two wor(l)ds … Continue reading Azadirachta Indica or Neem

Dying to move On-ward

Dying as far as we understand is transformation for the dead; but, also for some of us living.  My Dad lived wisely. Now he teaches me posthumously. Yes, my Dad is no more. His death did not wait for me.  It happened. He’s gone forever; vanished into space when I least expected it. How can … Continue reading Dying to move On-ward

Safeena, the agenda of the stereotype, and how to swallow life’s nuances

I want to enter this conversation about Safeena, from a couple of windows, so to say. Alia Bhatt's character in Gully Boy and the scene where she pleads with her mother to be "allowed" to go out and socialize with friends is a dialogue screaming to be told by women in some parts of India … Continue reading Safeena, the agenda of the stereotype, and how to swallow life’s nuances

From our reading pulpit

Paromita Vohra, whose work we follow, is featured here as a share. She is a filmmaker based in Mumbai. "Where is the room for secret, dark places in our nature, where strange flora, petalled and bacterial, bloom, alerting us to our own leanings? This fertility, in dark, wet, sometimes lonely places of the self, is … Continue reading From our reading pulpit

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Memory and nostalgia

Memory, nostalgia are a part of food. A part of the socio-psychological infrastructure of a community is it’s food practices and rituals. The rituals, mores related to it, have a binding quality. At the same time these are the reason for oppression in many ways. But how are they oppressive? Let's break it down in … Continue reading Memory and nostalgia