Living The Age of Insecurity

The death count flashes, more photographs of rubble circulate, another ‘terrorist’ is named — his association with groups across the border are marked and re-marked by the press and the state. The reality remains unchanged; we live in the age of insecurity. The reaons why violence has become so deeply entrenched in our social systems … Continue reading

Will YOU Come Forward…?

So here we are… Someone has come finally forward – to speak up and participate, for real this time.  Mallika Sarabhai’s decision to fight the Lok Sabha elections in Gujarat in a constituency that has been a strong hold of ‘prime-ministerial candidate’ L K Advani, could be viewed by cynics as ridiculous spurt of idealism, … Continue reading

Kiska Ravan?

Vodafone sends me a Dusshera message: Burai par acchai Ki jeet! Dusshera lata hai ek ummeed, Ravan ki tarah hamare dukhon ka ant ho. Ek nayi shuruat spl. msgs & logos ke saath. SMS DUS to51515@Rs3/SMS Today, the image-making of the villain is a highly manufactured socio-political enterprise. This message of the triumph of good … Continue reading

Frozen Pilgrim

Beleaguered god-men in saffron lined the holy river the mountain road exposed dusty hillocks with tourist-infested tea stalls the journey persisted; the forests grew thicker, the path grew thinner Lohajung waited in silence. The lush meadows with their untamed lichens glowed under the mid-day sun by nightfall the earth was blanketed with white blossoms. The … Continue reading

Sunrise at Hut Bay, Little Andamans

In damp semi-darkness, knotted nets are brought out. The rested boats are dragged offshore by half clad, muscled bodies. Performing a kind of languid dance, raspy voices sing to approaching dawn. Boat shadows and footprints enmesh to form pleasant mosaics in the sand. The foamy waves attempt to swallow these sinewy figures as they dive … Continue reading