From Galileo to Einstein, scientists who have questioned the popular thinking, have faced the wrath of the establishment. It is also interesting to note that wars have had a tendency to accelerate the process of scientific inventions. May it be the atomic power, or computers, wars have been the reason behind the great leaps in technology. The point is – society and science are inseparable. While philosophers of the past have tried to build bridges between the two, the complexities of modern science seldom allow to so. The gap between science and philosophy is growing fast. Continue reading
I remember reading Anton Chekhov’s ‘The Bet‘ in school. The story brilliantly emphasizes the idea that human life is far more valuable than money. It begins with an argument at a party over which is more moral – capital punishment or life imprisonment? A rich banker believes that capital punishment is more moral. A young lawyer at the party argues any life is better than no life at all. The banker, feeling insulted, bets the lawyer two million rubles, that he cannot last fifteen years in solitary confinement. As the years pass, the lawyer discovers the significance of human life. Continue reading
प्रिय भाई सौरभ,
सादर नमस्कार । आप के 25. 03. 13 के आत्मीय पत्र के साथ आप के तीनों काव्य संकलन मेरे हाथ में आए । मन में प्रसन्नता । इस त्वरित औदार्य के लिए धन्यवाद व्यक्त करता हूँ ।
जीवन में कभी कभी अजीब संयोग उपस्थित होते हैं । मार्च में ’वागर्थ’ का अंक देख रहा था । पहले कवितायेँ ही पढ़ता हूँ । अचानक पढ़नेलगा आप की कविताएँ । प्रत्येक कविता कम-से-कम दो बार पढ़ता हूँ । Continue reading
उत्थिष्ठ भारत ” सौरभ राय ’भगीरथ’ के उत्कृष्ट काव्य-संग्रह की सबसे पहली विशेषता – जिससे मैं प्रभावित हुई, वह है इसका ‘समर्पण पृष्ठ’ और आभार पृष्ठ . समर्पण के और आभार की पंक्तियाँ कवि के सकारात्मक कोमल ह्रदय के पुष्पित संस्कार हैं … और जिस जमीन पर संस्कार हो, उसके शब्द अर्जुन के बाण और कर्ण के कवच की याद दिलाते हैं . उम्र के 24वें पड़ाव पर इस युवा कवि ने इतनी अद्भुत परिक्रमा की है कि प्रतीत होता है कि वेद,उपनिषद,युगों की अविरल बहती स्थापित भावनाओं को छूकर समय ने इसके उन्नत ललाट पर रोली-अक्षत लगाया है . Continue reading
One of the most defining, although underrated films of Indian parallel cinema. The film’s script finds its origin in an unpublished story by Ismat Chugtai, worked on by Kaifi Azmi and Shama Zaidi. The subject deals with the plight of an Indian Muslim family, who chose to stay back in their ancestral home in Agra and not immigrate to the newly formed state of Pakistan in 1947. The film brilliantly sculpts out the most common problem Indians faced during partition – alienation and identity crisis. Read the full article in Scribido magezine.
“I may disagree with what you say but I will defend to death your right to say it.” I often hear friends and readers say that Voltaire said it. In-fact, teachers of history, political science and believers of democracy absolutely love Voltaire for writing this in one of the 20,000 letters or 2,000 books and pamphlets he wrote. But if you ask them which book, they’d probably not know. While Voltaire remains one of the greatest advocate of freedom of religion and expression, it’s time we realize that Voltaire did not really write this quote. Continue reading
Let me think
just for a while…
In that withered garden,
more bare than even a desert now,
which branch first burst into blossom?
And which was the first to lose its colors
before everything succumbed to regret?
At what exact moment
were the trees drained of blood
so when the veins snapped,
nothing could be saved?
Oh, let me think… Continue reading
On a winter morning, during the Bangalore office hours, about a hundred vehicles stood, honking discreetly at the traffic signal to go green. Soon afterwards, when the signal went green, like shepherds daunting their herds of sheep, the vehicles behind started to honk continuously at the ones in-front. Every vehicle honked indifferently. The honking continued while the pedestrians silently suffered. This is the everyday story of every traffic jam, in every city of India. Continue reading
We all have some books we absolutely love. We love them so much that we lend them to everyone we know. There are shops thriving on renting and re-selling of used printed books. With ebooks taking over the market, this may not be the case. Possessing unauthorized copies of these ebooks may become the only ethically acceptable way. Sharing, according to most ebooks market leaders of today, is a crime. With the market at its transition phase, ebooks can either increase or decrease a reader’s freedom. We, the authors, the readers and the lovers of literature must strongly demand the increase. Continue reading
Having watched Maya Darpan (Kumar Shahani, 1972), I find it disheartening that Kumar Shahani (along with M S Sathyu and Mani Kaul), remains one of the most underrated Indian film directors. His films are virtually extinct in most forms of media and are rarely discussed, even in the film study circuits. The film stands out as an exotic masterpiece of Indian cinema. Read the complete film review in Scribido Magazine.
I was wondering what sense does a new year make? The ‘year’ section of the ‘date column’ getting auto-changed in text editors is no big deal. What is the fuss all about? I then realized that any milestone is a check point. It is the time to pause, think, look back, fix things, and plan ahead. It is time to smile, learn and rejuvenate. Speaking of milestones, this happens to be my 600th article Continue reading