The Artist

A masterpieceNo one can surpass.The strokes so perfect,The shades so exquisite.A multitude of colorsadorn a sublime piece of artthat the artist giftsfrom His treasured works.From beneath arisesthe smell of musty earththat fills the air.Hiding among the clouds,the sun plays hide-and-seek,only to emergeafter a whileto bathe mewith some warmthand caress mewith a tender touch.Now and then,the droplets fallfrom the canopyof the green leaves!It’s the sparkling, fresh … Continue reading The Artist

Thank You Teachers: A Tribute

From the treasury of quotes about teachers comes one that strikes a chord with me. American author Jeannette Walls describes the profession of teaching beautifully when she says : “Teaching is a calling too. And I’ve always thought that teachers in their way are holy angels leading their flocks out of the darkness.” Teachers play a monumental role in our lives. We all have those … Continue reading Thank You Teachers: A Tribute

When Courage Meets Truth: The Story Of Raga Olga D’Silva

Coinciding with Pride Month, National Award-winning director/producer Onir made an important announcement in mid-June. Known for his path-breaking films like My Brother Nikhil and I Am, he has decided to make a film on author Raga Olga D’Silva’s life story. I first heard Raga speak when early into the COVID-19 crisis she anchored a show focusing on the discrimination faced by North-East Indians during Corona. … Continue reading When Courage Meets Truth: The Story Of Raga Olga D’Silva

Spread Love And Not The ‘Acid Within’, Says Acid Attack Survivor Laxmi Agarwal

I was left speechless in the silence of the moment. A variety of emotions engulfed me, and I was in awe and full of admiration for Laxmi Agarwal, who talked about her life’s journey in an episode of the series From The Other Side hosted by Raga Olga D’Silva. Flashback 15 years ago: The nation was shaken by this heartbreaking incident when Laxmi, then a … Continue reading Spread Love And Not The ‘Acid Within’, Says Acid Attack Survivor Laxmi Agarwal

Short Film Saving Chintu Promotes Inclusivity While Exploring Perplexing Societal Issues

Saving Chintu is a film that has always drawn my interest ever since I read about its making. Therefore, I availed the opportunity to watch it while it was screened online as a part of the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) 2020. Directed by Tushar Tyagi, who is also the co-producer along with Ritika Jayaswal the short film promotes inclusivity and addresses the challenges … Continue reading Short Film Saving Chintu Promotes Inclusivity While Exploring Perplexing Societal Issues

Compounding Other Problems Is The Silencing of Women Expertise During COVID-19

We ushered in 2020 with great joy and enthusiasm like we usually do whenever we welcome a new year. Nobody could have anticipated what was in store. Already mid-way into this year, we are still knee-deep in the COVID-19 crisis. The tragedy that has hit us the most is the loss of precious human lives. Also, we have in a long list the problems of … Continue reading Compounding Other Problems Is The Silencing of Women Expertise During COVID-19

Penalty Is A Film That Teaches National Integration

Close on the heels of Axone which dwells on discrimination faced by North-East Indians, Netflix released Shubham Singh’s Penalty as a digital world premiere on July 5. The film primarily centers on the prejudices faced by a youngster. However, the narrative doesn’t simply talk about stereotyping but rather spreads its roots to encompass a much greater area. It addresses a very perplexing issue of how … Continue reading Penalty Is A Film That Teaches National Integration

Fourteen-Year-Old Suchetha Satish Musically Spreads Awareness About COVID-19

It was like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy morning when I read a piece of news that warmed my heart. I had not followed this child prodigy for a while, and it was so encouraging to learn that fourteen-year-old Suchetha Satish has once again spread the message, this time during COVID-19, that music knows no boundaries. Hailing from Kerala, Suchetha is a ninth-grade … Continue reading Fourteen-Year-Old Suchetha Satish Musically Spreads Awareness About COVID-19

Through The Window

I see them beam as they share A story of love. Unperturbed, untouched by the chaos around, the vibrant colors on their face do not fade, even when shadowed by the clouds. In the horizon I see a dream I seek to fulfill. The questions encircle as I battle the uncertainty around me. Seeing the roses smile through the widow, a hope surmounts, as I … Continue reading Through The Window

Sonam Kalra and the Sufi Gospel Project: When Music Flows From The Heart

A positive experience I have had during the COVID-19 crisis is getting the opportunity to listen to a series of live chats on social media. An author and motivational speaker herself, Raga Olga D’Silva, the co-founder and director of Speaking Minds, has been conducting a string of discussions on a wide range of issues. Her guests include artists, actors, writers, activists, and citizens from various … Continue reading Sonam Kalra and the Sufi Gospel Project: When Music Flows From The Heart