Category: Culture

India and the English Aesthetes

by Reginald Massey Gutala Krishnamurti who died recently was a Telugu and English scholar who believed that the Aesthetic Movement which flourished during the 1890s (the fin de siecle period) was among the most productive in English literature. The Aesthetes viewed life as an art. Taking their cue from the likes of the flamboyant Wilde…

The Great Guru Baba Nanak

By Reginald Massey Nanak was born to a Hindu family in 1469. He was born in Dera Baba Nanak, now in Pakistan. Had there then been application forms to fill in, the chances are he would have referred to himself as Bedi Hindu. His father was the trusted employee of the local Muslim landowner. His…

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…

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…

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