On English in India

Writing this article in response to someone who made fun of someone else’s English on my Facebook post….. I’ve been posting on this page regularly for many months and you might have noticed I believe in writing in simple, colloquial and easy to understand (hope I’m succeeding) language, and and am not really interested in…

Ikat – A dyeing technique

Writing a fashion post after a long time. Wore these “Ikat” saris today – both from different states in India. The blue one is from Odisha and the silver/red one from Pochampally in Telangana. “Ikat” is an Indonesian word, and this dyeing technique originated from there and is now practised in India primarily in Odisha (Sambalpur),…

Life in the Woods

Walden/Life in the Woods Recently came across the interesting story of American poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862), and decided to write about it today. He was an exceptional individual who led a very interesting and experimental life, and his writings have inspired a lot of eminent people including Mahatma Gandhi, Leo…

Memories of Mangoes

Each time I gaze at a mango tree it revives some exquisite memory or some forgotten longing beautiful, joyful, slushy and sentimental like the fruit both sweet and sour and I lose myself for hours remembering childhood spent in gardens filled with the beloved green scented presence Simply love mango trees that were a very…

World Water Day

Happy “World Water Day”!! Today (March 22) is World Water Day. Sharing a very interesting quote by Canadian environmentalist Paul Watson on water: “We buy a bottle of water in the city, where clean water comes out in its taps. You know, back in 1965, if someone said to the average person, ‘You know in thirty…

Writing Quote

There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up the pen to write. – William Makepeace Thackeray

Always the First Time

  André Breton (1896 – 1966) was an eminent French poet and writer. One of his most famous and beautiful poems is “Toujours pour la première fois” (Always the first time). Tried to translate the last few lines of that poem into English. ——————————— Pushed to the edge of the precipice by your absence I discover…

A Poem for Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day – the day chosen to celebrate women’s achievements in the scientific, social, economic, cultural, political and other fields. It’s also the day to talk about women’s empowerment and remind ourselves that a lot remains to be done in this regard. Here’s a great poem contrasting a “free bird” to a…

Benefits of being Multilingual

Writing again today on one of my favorite topics: languages 🙂 I’d like to reiterate again that it’s essential for Indians to learn at least one Indian language proficiently, in addition to English. And, if they’re in an environment where they’re exposed to more than one Indian language, they should try to pick up as…

On Indians and their Languages

Decided to write on this topic today, because my previous article on this topic titled “Should Indians bother to learn Indian languages” was much appreciated on Facebook. If you’re interested in this topic, please read my earlier article as well, because this is a continuation, and I won’t be repeating the earlier ideas. I like…

Should Indians bother to learn Indian languages?

  Recently attended a talk by Prof. Neelam Mansingh (Padmashri Awardee, theater artist and Professor at Panjab University), found it very inspiring and informative, and would like to share the gist of it with you. Prof. Mansingh started by talking about how studying or spending time on “art” might not get you a job or…

In Memoriam…

Am going to soon move to another city and shift into another apartment. Have been busy sorting things out and cleaning up in that context. It’s simply amazing how much clutter we accumulate over time, and how difficult it is to declutter. Was reading some online tips and one great idea was to “digitize to…

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