Environment, Essay, Society

This is Our Earth

Commemorating the Earth Day, here is an essay I had written for a National-level competition, keeping in mind Robert Swan’s veracious statement – ‘The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it’. 

It has become a commonplace to say that we live in an age of comfort, advancement and ease, in a progressive enclosure. I, feel differently. It is a paradox of sorts. I agree that the scientific explosion we have encountered has unintentionally given us a divine right to transform our physical and social environment, and ourselves to forms we deem best. However, what we have deemed best is not necessarily the best, and we refuse to refute our assumptions. Continue reading


Alluvium of Life

This is an essay I wrote in a competition at my college. ‘A study of literature refines our sensibilities’, the topic says.  And this essay yearns to be a part of that literature.

It is extremely difficult to define literature. Each definition falls short of what it really is. It is simply not a structure, a construction of words, sentences and paragraphs. It is a medium of aesthetic communication, where people from hundreds of years ago sit in front of us, in our homes and speak, voice their thoughts, feelings, actions, dilemmas, choices and justifications. They build their world vividly around us. That is magical. That magical experience is literature. Continue reading