Monthly Archives: April 2010

Remembering Veenadhari

Ms Veenadhari from Mangalore was one of the first HIV victims to openly admit her disease. From a teacher, she turned into a well-known social worker and an ardent activist for the rights of HIV infected. She followed and advocated ayurveda and naturopathy approach to living with the disease. Continue reading

The GNU general public license

The GPL was written by Richard Stallman for use with programs released as part of the GNU project. Generally, a license document or a list of terms and conditions is boring to read, but this document is a poetry by an activist who lives his life for the freedom so dear to him! In a nutshell, the license is about- Continue reading

Khudiram Bose

British once organized an exhibition in Medinipur in Bengal. Their intention was to hide the injustice of the British using articles like pictures and puppets, and display that British were helping the people of India. Suddenly a 16 years old boy appeared with a bundle of hand-made bills, titled ‘Sonar Bangla’. It carried the slogan ‘Vande Mataram’. The true purpose of the British in putting up the exhibition was also exposed. Continue reading

Uttam Kumar and Soumitra Chatterji

There is an old debate over who is the greatest actor in Bengali cinema. While Uttam Kumar is known for his charisma and magical performances, Soumitra Chatterjee is the favourite of the intellectual Satyajit Ray fans all over the world. If Uttam Kumar-Suchitra Sen pair is seen as the most romantic in Indian cinema, then Soumitra Chatterjee-Sharmilla Tagore pair holds its own tragic charisma. Continue reading

Non-shopping malls

In a recent article, my teacher writes

What makes people rush to these malls? Why do they undergo so much trouble only to purchase those items which are anyway available in their neighbourhood stores? – these are wrong questions to ask in today’s times. Continue reading

The Hyderabad tale

A friend of mine recently visited Hyderabad. He was shocked to witness the curfew there. The beautiful char-minar was fortified with Hindu barracks on one side, Muslim on the other and a police station in the middle! And what was the reason behind all this? A few flags! Continue reading

The preposterous reality

Today TV shows have become an outlet of reality idiocy. Rakhi ka Swayamwar, Roadies, Splits villa, Big Boss, Sach Ka Samna, Iss Jungle Se Mujhe Bachao… Frankly, all the music and dance based competitions have become pseudo-reality shows of today! I watched an episode of ‘Emotional Atyachar’ lately. It was torture. How can people watch something so stupid! Continue reading