Month: February 2016

Rock the nationalism debate.

By Anuj Kapoor “Stick it to the man”-said Jack Black in the classic comedy ‘School of Rock’. Among many phenomenally funny quotes and ideas in that film, the sequence when Jack Black is delivering an introduction to Rock Music to school kids, is perhaps the most informative and entertaining. The idea that Rock music is…

Righteous Blindness. In Cricket and In War

Righteous Blindness. In Cricket and In War Because of such incidents as the Charlie Hebdo killings in January 2015 and the recent assaults in Paris in November 2015 those living in Western countries today are only too aware of the threat posed by Islamic fundamentalists.[1] A tiny minority from within a specific strand of Islam…

A MURDER MYSTERY IN OLD MADRAS

  by Girija Madhavan   Madras, now called Chennai, was enthralled by a murder mystery in 1919-1920.  Though the story was inconclusive, it captivated the public. The “De la Haye Murder Case” was said to reflect the sense of fairplay of the judiciary under the British Raj. Madras society was cosmopolitan. English people living in…

Remembering Marianne Balchin

  The dancer who forged strong cultural links By Adrian Hindle-Briscall Today Britain is a multicultural country. But many unsung heroes and heroines have been forgotten. One such was the London born Marianne Balchin who was an expert in classical ballet and modern choreography. During the second World War she joined ENSA (Entertainments National Service…

Reginald Massey’s Book Page: Glass Scissors and Zamorins

By Reginald Massey Glass Scissors by Bobby Nayyar When one reports about diasporic writing one always expects screeds about how lovely things were ‘back home’ in warmer climes and how there are painful periods of readjustment in cold, grey and unwelcoming Britain. However, Bobby Nayyar’s collection of poems Glass Scissors (Limehousebooks.co.uk: hello@limehousebooks.co.uk) is a refreshing…

Ligory Francis of Mirusuvil, Sri Lanka(1914 – 83): The Brave, The Noble And The Saintly

  Ligory Francis of Mirusuvil 1914-1983 : The Brave, The Noble And The Saintly! by Ligory Pakianathar (Courtesy: Sri Lanka Guardian) Francis, my brother was really a brave man, brave in shouldering his responsibilities and enduring all his oppositions and sufferings. He neither murmured nor grumbled even when he was in acute pain. He was…

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