Month: October 2016

A contemporary look at the modern Sita

By Devi Rajab Three Strong Women Sita Gandhi, Sushila Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi Diwali is a time when the often forgotten story of Rama and Sita gets submerged by the celebration of the event. Fireworks, sweetmeats and prayers distracts from the original message. So who was Sita in a collective sense?  Was she a symbol…

Brian Senewiratne’s ‘Sexual Violence Against Tamils In Sri Lanka’

  By Charles Ponnuthurai Sarvan I’ve never met the author (hereafter sometimes referred to as BS), a medical doctor long settled in Australia, but have heard of his reputation as a human-rights campaigner fighting against discrimination and injustice, be they based on ‘race’, religion, caste or skin-colour. Among the recognition he has received is the…

In conversation with Tom Alter

by Chaand Chazelle Tom Alter is a fine, versatile and well known actor and a familiar presence in the Bombay film industry. Any film which requires a British character rooted in colonial times will very likely have Tom in the role. In the film,‘Sardar’ he played Mountbatten and has acted in over 400 films including  famous…

Mea Culpa: Why sorry doesn’t seem to be the hardest word

By Dawood Ali McCallum    “That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility.” “I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.” The first of these quotes is Hillary Clinton’s September 2015 acknowledgement of an error of judgement in using a private email server for official communications when Secretary of State. The…

Romance at Bookstore

By Subhash Chandra I was on a nine-month fellowship from University of Toronto to complete my Ph.D. I worked hard from 9 am to 5 pm at Robarts Library, felt burnt out in the evening and headed for my haven of rest and pleasure – Read Plus at Bluer Street which I had discovered recently.…

Two poems: Demolishing Myths and Mists of time by Ananya Guha

Demolishing Myths I read an article about Western brigands author says the machinating western world in connivance with the corporate is also terrorising, brigands and all are terrorising people, raising armies ISIS is different only because it is media  pro in India we are talking of Malls Smart cities no one is terrorised as walking…

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