“Commercialism is a modern sociological phenomenon; one might almost say, that is the whole phenomenon of modern society.” (Sri Aurobindo, CWSA, vol 25, p. 485) We live in an age dictated by commerce, flashy commercials, and consumerist mindset. Companies are busy not only producing and selling products but also producing and selling desires. And so… Continue reading Saying No to Modern Indian Dream?
For readers’ comments, click HERE to see the previous version of the blog. It is day 5 of Write Tribe’s week-long challenge. The challenge today is to write a “Tips” post. Now who am I to give anyone any advice or tips on anything worthwhile? But how about if this post becomes a… Continue reading On Writing in English
To read readers’ comments on the previous ‘blogger’ version of this post, click here. क्या आप जानते हैं आज से ठीक एक मास पूर्व , १४ सितम्बर, को क्या विशेष था? शायद नहीं। भारत में १४ सितम्बर को वार्षिक रूप से हिंदी दिवस मनाया जाता है। अजीब बात है न – अपने ही देश में एक भाषा को… Continue reading Do You Know Hindi?
For readers’ comments, click HERE for the blog’s previous version. Prologue As you can see I am blogging daily now, at least am trying to do so for a week-long challenge at Write Tribe. Though I generally prefer to write at my own pace, I have learned that once in a while participating in… Continue reading De-cluttering on My Mind
For readers’ comments, click HERE for the blog’s previous version. If you have visited this blog often or even only occasionally, you know music gets its due share on this blog. In fact, a few of my recent postings (see here and here) have been about some of my all-time favourite songs. So go ahead, ask… Continue reading Song for Sunday
To read readers’ comments on this post, click here to visit the earlier version of this blog. It was exactly a week ago that I saw Haider, a film by Vishal Bhardwaj, who has made a name for himself, particularly for his adaptations of Shakespeare’s dramas. His earlier films, Maqbool (an adaptation of Macbeth) and… Continue reading When a Movie Gets Political: Case of Haider
The other day some random questions came to me. To start with, why does Facebook call it “Update Status”? What is a Status? What is an Update? And of course, what does it really mean when one ‘updates’ one’s ‘status’? Not on Facebook, I mean. But in the real world. This needs some serious pondering.… Continue reading My Update and I
They suggested I should write about writing. Writing, in this moment, means only one thing – to express what fills my heart. ***** It has been more than 10 months. Soon it will be a year. Her presence is everywhere, in each corner of this home. Her presence will be till the home remains. But… Continue reading Because I Must…
For readers’ comments, click HERE for the blog’s previous version. “Hello Miracle, my old friend. So good to see you! Long time, where had you been hiding?” “Hello there! I suppose I could say I was just hibernating, taking it easy, you know! How have you been? I see you look quite hale and hearty,… Continue reading Hello, It’s a Miracle!
So the folks over at Write Tribe have asked us to write something about “12 most….” These 12 could be anything. Anything, they said. So, of course my immediate thought was about sharing 12 most favourite old Hindi film songs. But I have so many more than 12. Selecting 12 would have been a… Continue reading 12 Most…
Rains are grace from the gods above. Renewing life. But pausing the life in me. When will the Sun bathe me in its healing light? My old, aching bones need drying. Badly. My grandfather said this in his prayers to the Sun-God. That was when we had real monsoons. Things changed in the last few… Continue reading Rains and Pains
Cushions. Check. Colour. Check. Wall-art. Check. Pizzazz. Check. Midnight. Even the most inviting divan couldn’t do it. Her monkey-mind kept running over many details. Her tired body, aching knees, sore back….all were craving for rest. But she was too restless. And then the music began… Three days later, their dream-home was almost all set. Back… Continue reading From Those Other Worlds