Category Archives: Culture

योसा बुसोन की कविताएँ

योसा बुसोन (1716-1783) को जापानी हाइकु के चार स्तंभों में गिना गया है। जापान में बुसोन से बड़े कवि एकमात्र मात्सुओ बाशो (1644-1694) ही हैं। बाशो को जापान के महानतम कवि के रूप में स्थापित करने में बुसोन और इनके साथियों की बड़ी भूमिका थी। कवि के अलावा बुसोन एक विलक्षण चित्रकार और खुशनवीस भी थे। बुसोन और इनके साथियों ने मिलकर हाइकु के इतिहास को खंगाला, और बाशो समेत कई पुराने कवियों को ये काव्य की मुख्यधारा में लेकर आये। इन्होंने एक लम्बा और स्वस्थ जीवन जिया। Continue reading

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डुबुक!

जापान के प्रसिद्द कवि मात्सुओ बाशो (1644-1694) ने साल 1686 में अपनी सबसे प्रसिद्द कविता ‘पुराना तालाब’ की रचना की थी। कविता की रचना-प्रक्रिया को याद करते हुए इनके शिष्य शिको ने लिखा है, “यह कविता वसंतकाल में लिखी गई थी। हमारे गुरु आँगन में बैठकर हलकी बारिश के बीच कबूतरों की आवाजें सुन रहे थे। हवा थोड़ी तेज़ थी, और चेरी की पंखुडियां रह-रहकर ज़मीन पर आ गिरतीं। वसंत के आखिरी दिनों का ख़ूबसूरत मौसम, जब आप चाहते हैं कि वक़्त ठहर जाए और दिन कभी ख़त्म न हो।”

आगे लिखते हैं, “थोड़े-थोड़े समय पर बगीचे में मेंढकों के पानी में छलांग लगाने की आवाज़ सुनाई पड़ती।

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The battles remain the same – why Bhagat Singh matters today more than ever

History is a complicated subject. Predicting what happened in the past is as difficult as predicting the future. In the general populace, history is seen as stories of times we have never been to; times we know existed because of its legacies. Yet history, no matter how much we claim to have learned from it, almost always repeats itself. Bhagat Singh is probably one of the most loved and yet controversial figures in India’s history. Continue reading

Working ’empowered’ women?

untitledI see a lot of glory associated with working women. We tend to take great pride when we have a women member working in our family and almost always equate it with women empowerment. Considering the state of other factors that add up to a society with empowered women, I guess an urban woman – who is unsafe on streets, has little freedom to chose her life partner, and has to pay huge dowry in order to get married – is anything but empowered! Don’t get me wrong. I am speaking strictly about the working urban middle class. Continue reading

Yo baba so spiritual

babaYoga is a 27 billion dollar industry. To put it in perspective, it is as big as Tata steel’s assets; and larger than the assets of Infosys, Wipro and TCS put together. And these figures are for the yoga that goes around legally. A lot of what goes in the background never comes out unless someone gets murdered or raped; or skeletons fall out of their closets. Read the complete article in the NRI

Code is law

lessigCode is law’ is the famous phrase by Lawrence Lessig, the founder of Creative Commons, and one of the leading activists behind the Copyleft Movement. In an era when liberty is increasingly being mistaken with freedom from government, it must be understood that people, even in the seemingly free and democratic Cyberspace, are not really free. Continue reading

On LGBT

LGBTWhat happened?

Well, the Supreme Court of India set aside a 2009 Delhi high court verdict that had effectively de-criminalized gay sex between consenting adults in private. The Supreme Court ruled that the lower court had overstepped its authority and the 1860 law was still valid.

Was it a good verdict? Continue reading