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Readers Write In #406: Why Nehru was a horrible “founding father”

September 11, 2021


(by Sudharshan Garg) Aman had posted a Reddit post (which I had rebutted in a detailed manner. Will repost it here) Let me start out with the easy way, the “positives” as listed ZERO civil wars ( China, Mexico, SL) Why is this “Nehrus achievement” now? Look up our history, starting say 500 bce from when […]

Readers Write In #400: Lessons from a Grandmother to her Grandchildren

August 24, 2021


(by Aman Basha) What Rahul and Priyanka ought to take from 1960s Indira Gandhi to get the Congress its groove back An India suffers its worst crises since Independence, two years after a conflict at the border with Pakistan, there are still high tensions after a conflict with China, Hindu Muslim tensions rear their ugly […]

Readers Write In #388: Hinduism – Its Philosophy, Science and Politics

July 26, 2021


(by G Waugh) I had written a bit about my interest in space and evolution in this piece** almost a year ago. The most interesting part of my space ‘journey’ was the place where Stephen Hawking was to a very great extent able to fully explain what is often meant by ‘The Big Bang’ theory. […]

Readers Write In #385: Dictatorships and popular consent

July 18, 2021


(by G Waugh) I have always wondered about the nature of political dictatorships in history and the mentality of the masses who were subjected to them. In childhood, whenever references to the freedom struggle were made in my textbooks, I always had a mental image of a great mass of angry people trying desperately to […]

Readers Write In #362: Women, a memoir

May 14, 2021


(by G Waugh) “She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there, leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together”                                                                                                                                     -J.D. Salinger I am a male and I am 32 years old. My earliest memories of my association with women date back to the earliest phases of my boyhood- the […]

Helping with COVID

April 24, 2021


Krishikari had a great idea about putting this space to good use to help the situation — for example, if anyone needs a bed, or where to send a donation, etc. If you have anything to share, do get back in the comments section.

Readers Write In #354: On the caste origins of Karna

April 13, 2021


(by Sudharshan Garg) Loved the movie and the review, but a few…mythological and historical quibbles. Karna’s foster parents were not from the ‘oppressed’ classes. If anything Adhi his dad was from the lineage of the mighty king Jayadrata of Anga. Ratha was a suffix this line took, Jaya + Rata > DhratvaRata > Satkarma > […]

Readers Write In #353: Karnan: An Essay on the Radical

April 13, 2021


Hemanth Bharatha Chakravarthy I read Mari Selvaraj’s stunning Karnan as an essay on the radical, as a story of radical movements and radicalism within political struggles. There is a lot else in the movie: visually rich screenwriting with stunning landscapes and aerial shots, previously unsaid ethnography of the “lifestyle” of oppressed communities from their customs […]

Readers Write In #349: A case against the current system of elections

March 26, 2021


(by G Waugh) Assume that you are a social activist. You belong to an area where a chemical factory keeps sending harmful effluents to the local water bodies and other sources of water for public use. In addition, the workers who are employed there have also been exposed to harmful radiation and many of them […]

Readers Write In #343: Greta Thunberg, Farm Laws and the Curious Case of Prahalada Déjà vu

March 4, 2021


(by Macaulay Perapulla) Hindu Mythologies have a strange onion peeling effect. At first, your eyes find it hard to tolerate them. You can apportion some blame on the poor English translations that were made by enthusiastic Indologists during the 18th century who made sure that the stories sounded like cut-and-dried moral science lessons of “good” […]

Readers Write In #338: Understanding Indian agriculture through Indian cinema

February 8, 2021


(by Macaulay Perapulla) Ever since I fell in love with Mahabharata, I began to discover the power of a beautiful, a rather deceptive phrase: “Puranas”. Puranas means Pura Api Navam: That which is ancient AND nascent. And as someone who works on the wicked challenge of digitizing agriculture, I became obsessed with one question: How […]

Readers Write In #337: A diary of suffering

February 6, 2021


(by G Waugh) Never in my life had I ever imagined a time would come where I would be seeking treatment for something as terrible as– a mental illness. Whenever I used to call teasingly some of my friends “loosu”, “mental” it never waswithout a derogatory connotation that makes me wince today and those words […]

Readers Write In #335: Gamestop

January 31, 2021


(by Shiva Prasad) There is significant outrage, the social media is going crazy about what GameStop thing really is? As someone who has relied heavily on investments to make my ends meet for the past two odd years, I’ll admit, even for me there was still a lot of learning I had to go through, […]

Readers Write In #322: Bye Bye Miss American Pie

January 11, 2021


(by Madan Mohan) Don McLean wrote the iconic American Pie as a lament addressed to the events at Altamont, where pandemonium broke out between fans and Hell’s Angels (private bodyguards of sorts) as Rolling Stones performed their set at a music festival and also as a general critique of what he saw as accelerating cultural […]

‘Master’ is coming, but the pandemic isn’t going, so what do we do?

January 5, 2021

41 Now that 100% occupancy has been ensured in theatres, let’s just be safe and responsible and leave the rest to the movie gods. When the announcement came that Tamil Nadu theatres would be open at 100% capacity to accommodate Master and Eeswaran, my jaw dropped. Really? What kind of message is being sent out? […]

#AskBR – Rewind 2020

December 24, 2020


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Readers Write In #315: Mirror Cracked From Side to Side

December 19, 2020


(by Madan Mohan) No, this is not about the famous Agatha Christie novel.  This is about the imminent shutdown of Mumbai Mirror, a tabloid-sized daily that used to accompany Times of India.  Starting tomorrow, we are told, Mumbai Mirror will be a Sunday weekly affair.  Notice I say tabloid-sized.  If you aren’t from Mumbai (or […]

Eros theatre memories: Movie-going in another era

December 18, 2020


I received this on Whatsapp. It’s so brilliantly written, so evocative that I wanted to preserve this piece. (Plus, I was a frequenter of Eros theatre myself, and this write-up brought back so many memories — not necessarily of the films mentioned here, but of how movie-going used to be way back then.) Publishing with […]

Readers Write In #314: Kim Ki-duk’s Kerala connection is one of the strangest things Indian cinema has witnessed

December 16, 2020


(by Alex John) Something unprecedented happened at the IFFK in 2013, which was held in the capital city of Kerala. An art movie maker who was largely obscure in his own country got literally stunned by the movie-star welcome the crowd gave him; to an extent that he said it was the most memorable experience […]

Readers Write In #306: Of lacking Office Space… or not!

November 30, 2020


(by An Jo) The name of the movie, ‘Office Space’, itself spells out such a broad spectrum of imagined meanings that it made sense, or makes sense, now, in these days of CV-19 that have dictated WFH [Work? from Home]. And so, there are articles/pieces coming out that decry the necessary evil of WFH. Be […]