Being Thankful And Keeping My Sunny Side Up

Fall is my most favorite season of the year. I love seeing the leaves of trees change colors, and the pleasantly mild temperatures encourage me to take long walks. As we celebrate Thanksgiving at the end of November, we reflect on our blessings in life. This year, it has become all the more important to be grateful for all that we have, with the world … Continue reading Being Thankful And Keeping My Sunny Side Up

As the USA Gets Ready to Accept Kamala Harris

When Shyamala Gopalan first set her feet on American soil and was clearing her immigration formalities, she did not know what the future would bring.  She was totally unaware that she was going to give to that nation a daughter who would create history close to six decades later. It was a moment of joy when Joe Biden selected Kamala Harris to be his running … Continue reading As the USA Gets Ready to Accept Kamala Harris

Are The Shades Of Life Really Grey ? A Review of Assamese Short Film Tell Me It’s Grey

Does life only shower smiles and sunshine on us, or is there also a sad tale written amidst the grey clouds? The short film Tell Me It’s Grey, a blend of English and Assamese, tenderly unfolds one such story that encapsulates a wide range of human emotions. The film, which was released on YouTube on September 11, was screened at the Guwahati International Film Festival … Continue reading Are The Shades Of Life Really Grey ? A Review of Assamese Short Film Tell Me It’s Grey

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

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

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

Looking Beyond The Actor: Getting to Know Lisa Ray

She has beauty, charm, grace, and elegance. But her courage and optimism shine the brightest and essentially define her personality. I’m talking about none other than Lisa Ray, who needs no introduction and is known to most of us as an actor, model, and television personality. However it’s her skill as a writer and her philanthropy that have also come to focus, especially post 2009. … Continue reading Looking Beyond The Actor: Getting to Know Lisa Ray