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Standing By India

Some posts out of patriotism, and some out of bewilderment about my motherland…

The Little Princess

She should have been in the kindergarten playing with other kids, but she was out there barefoot in the scathing heat of the noon. Her clothes were ragged and her hair resembled spider-web tinted in the dusty smog of the traffic. Instead of doodling with the crayons, her tender hands […]

“Prajnanam Brahma”

Knowledge is divine is what everybody infers from the above line from the Rig Veda. As Sanskrit is hardly studied in depth in the current timeline, inner meanings of several verses of wisdom are often lost. Likewise is the case with Prajnanam Brahma. I studied in one of the Navodaya Vidyalayas, where […]

Is Our “Independence Day” Aptly Named?

The only part of history back in high-school I didn’t like was Indian Freedom Struggle. To make it worse, we had it for three protracted years for study. If this hadn’t been the case, History would easily have influenced my career path and I might even have become a historian of some sort. I […]

What History Should Teach Us

I used to be a devoted student of history back in my school days. All the drama, twists and so many bizarre events were so fascinating to me. Even today, I give historical fiction a special place in my interests. If there is one big thing history bothers me very often, […]

Fate of Regional Languages

The other day I was looking for a Kannada novel on Flipkart, that a thought crossed my mind. How long will the regional languages continue to flourish? I’m primarily concerned about literature. It may well be another 100 years, that the regional literature would rather be confined to studies and research and not […]

An Unfair System

Like most days I woke up late today, regretting that it would be another ‘office starts just before noon’ day for me. Dressing up in a hurry, I didn’t even bother to look into the mirror, aware that I would have to look at an ape first thing in the morning  without […]

Cleanliness and Indian Cities

Travelling along in the BMTC buses everyday spending almost 4 hours a day, I get to do a lot of things which I very often didn’t use to. If I’m not very tired, I think about a lot of things; and if I get a comfortable seat with the bus less crowded, I gaze around the […]