In the list of social media hashtags that have gained prominence these days, one that is globally popular is #StayHome. Citizens in most countries have been advised to stay indoors as much as possible to keep themselves safe from contracting the coronavirus. But what about those who do not have the option? Medical professionals and essential services staff are working round the clock and risking … Continue reading Looking At A Rainbow of Identities During Covid-19 Lockdown
I placed a challenge for myself as I looked back in retrospection at how my life has run for the last several weeks. I took a pledge that I’d share my experiences without a single mention of the malaise the entire world is now talking about. But without having to mention the word even once in my post, I’m supremely confident that my readers will … Continue reading Spring This Year Is Not The Same, But Let’s Not Lose Heart!
A heart-breaking incident from the night of March 22nd sends a chill down the spine. A girl from Manipur in Delhi’s North Campus had stepped out with a friend to get groceries. On her way back, a man in a scooter allegedly called her “corona” and spit paan on her face. The scariest part was that the paan juice entered her eyes including bits of … Continue reading We are from the North-East and Definitely Indians!
As much as it sounds like I’m playing a broken record, I’m back with a sequel to a post that I had penned a week ago. It’s the three syllable name that’s the buzzword now: Corona. A virus that has engulfed and shaken the world and is giving people sleepless nights. As the intensity of the problem deepens, I reflect on what has come out … Continue reading The Shades of Humanity in the Wake of Corona: Have We Lost All Values?
The coronavirus COVID-19, declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, has taken the world by storm. It has carried with it a trail of confusion, controversy, chaos, and saddest of all, death. Quarantine facilities have been set up, travel bans have been issued by nations, educational institutions have been closed across different places, and many organizations have allowed employees to work from home. Major … Continue reading The Virus, the Namaste, the Humor!
My heart swelled with pride to see an announcement from Nick Low, the British High Commissioner to Kolkata. He expressed his excitement to visit Assam to present the Commonwealth Points of Light Award on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The honor is for Jadav ”Molai” Payeng, who single-handedly planted and nurtured an entire forest on the island of Majuli. It is a prestigious … Continue reading The Man Who Loves the “Good Earth”: A Tribute to Forest Man Jadav Payeng
From the directorial brilliance of Anubhav Sinha comes Thappad, a film that raises questions about the place of women in a society governed by male dominance. Amrita (played by Taapsee Pannu) is a homemaker settled in a life of domesticity, attending to the minutest of needs of her husband Vikram. A sudden storm disrupts their wedded bliss when Vikram, in a moment of misdirected anger, … Continue reading It’s Much More Than a Slap: Thappad Movie Review
It started off with a powdery dust that melted even before reaching the ground. The intensity grew, and soon we had giant snowflakes hitting us! It was finally snowing after 2 years. My niece Naini went mad with joy. I don’t remember the last time I had seen her so thrilled! It’s her second year in the US, and having grown up in a place … Continue reading The Little Things
Image Source: koimoi.com A week after its release, I grabbed the chance to watch Panga. If the film is to be summarized in a line, I’d say it celebrates the power of a woman. Former Indian national women’s Kabaddi captain Jaya Nigam (played by Kangana Ranaut) is settled in a life of peaceful domesticity and motherhood with husband Prashant and son Adi. The sport is … Continue reading Panga: A Tribute to Womanhood
I A mix of the mild cold and pleasant warmth, greets on the threshold of sunrise. The sound of a train whistling at a distance, The busy chirps of a multitude of birds, The rooster singing one of his Cock-a- doodle doos; Here begins the day, with a ritual of those morning chimes! II The soft look in those eyes melted my heart. No questions … Continue reading A Train Of Thoughts: Micropoetry