Category Archives: Personal

Lights camera youtube

garam hawaFor a moment let’s forget world cinema. Let’s forget Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and John Abraham. Let’s also forget about the early Hindi cinema which belonged to the likes of Guru Dutt, Raj Kapoor, Bimal Roy and V Shantaram. Any serious film viewer will ask – “what remains to be watched?” Well, my friend, the answer is there on YouTube. Continue reading

The black dot

big black dotI am not sure if I am angry. Enraged. In pain. I was always aware of the problem which today is being fought. Over years, every-time a friend, a sister has walked out – I have witnessed the fear in her eyes. Why now? Why the death of one girl should matter? Why this black dot? I don’t know what this black dot symbolizes? It may symbolize rage, protest for many on facebook who have made this their profile pic. I am not sure. All I know is at this moment when I type this article, this black dot symbolizes my state of mind. Continue reading

It’s bad, and worse

First, Bangalore witnessed a bus strike with thousands of private vehicles on roads but not one willing to help a pedestrian walking side-by. This was followed by a series of horrible decisions by the government, when they hiked diesel price and brought in FDI, and now the Bharat Bandh. We are living through bad times – indeed. Continue reading

Manto and Nazrul

It is a rather uncomfortable fact that injustice breeds the greatest form of art. The stature held by Kazi Nazrul Islam in unpartitioned Bengal can only be met by Saadat Hassan Manto in unpartitioned Punjab. Both great believers of freedom. Both disillusioned by communal hatred, partition and injustice. Although Manto migrated to Pakistan after partition, his heart always remained in the undivided India, free from the tyrannies of British Raj, a dream that history denied him. Continue reading

Lakshmi Bai Sehgal

A name that shines bright in the noble tribe of selfless patriots, who fought gallantly for the freedom of people in India – a set of brave hearts who, over years, have witnessed the rapid demise of values they once stood for. Capt. Lakshmi Sehgal- a lady who chose to be a fighter all her life, is fighting a new battle. Continue reading