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

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ಕನ್ನಡ, ಕವಿತೆ, Society

ಗೂಳಿ ಕೂಗು

This was a poem written by renowned actor Kamal Haasan in 2005 on ‘Jallikattu’ in Tamil. Here, I have tried to bring out the essence of the same poem in Kannada.

ಜಲ್ಲಿಕಟ್ಟೊಂದು ಪಾಪವೆಂದು ಹೇಳಿದ ಪ್ರಾಣಿಪ್ರೇಮಿಯ ಕೇಳಿ,
ಮಡಿಕಟ್ಟಿಸಿದವನ ತಾಳಲಾರದ ಹಸಿವ ನೋಡಿ,
ಹೊಟ್ಟೆ ತುಂಬಿಸಿದವನ ರಟ್ಟೆ ತುಂಬಿಸಲು
ಬಿಕರಿಯಾಗಿ ನಾ ಬಂದೆ ಕೋವಯ್ ಟು ಕೇರಳ. Continue reading

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Personal, Poetry, Society

The Bard Sings in his Atrium

There are times when one feels guilty of being a soulful soul. But even when he feels that, he is living in his heart. And he will, always. A poem written with sensitivity towards its antonym.

I think it is written on us by Him, that we be dishevelled, pricked, pruned, pared and shrunk,
In all our endeavours and failures, we are hunted upon like stags.
All pure, brown and beautiful, and pregnable.
They said it right – Continue reading

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Cinema, Society

Spotlight on ‘Spotlight’

It was the year 2002, when ‘Boston Global’ newspaper started its series of articles on the protection of pedophile priests by The Church. This was published by them after a lot of hardcore journalism – which was carried out by the ‘Spotlight’ team, then led by Walter ‘Robby’ Robinson. Their story put out to the people what the Church was hiding, that it knew about this behaviour of their priests, and all they did was hush up the victims by providing them cold water – and after the first story was published, around a 1000 victims shared their story too. They even won the Pulitzer prize for their investigative journalism in 2003 .That was a huge step towards the impact of real journalism in the society. Continue reading

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Society

Indian Writing . Religious Tolerance

My grandfather seldom talked about things. He said he had it better out through writing. But when he did, it was amazing for me. One instance I clearly remember is when he talked to me about ‘writing’. He told me about how people used to get influenced when they read something, how words used to drive people into a state that made them DO something. That was when the pen was really mightier than the sword. Continue reading

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