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Of Names and Identities


This morning’s  newspaper brought the interesting news that

“a 15-year-old Icelandic girl is suing the state for the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother.

Apparently, Iceland has specific rules regarding what names can be given to a baby. There are 1,853 female names and 1712 male names that parents can choose from. Continue reading “Of Names and Identities”

Shastra Poojan


Tomorrow is Vijayadashami, [also called Dasara/ Dussehra]. Of the many legends associated wih this festival, the one about the Pandavas hiding their weapons in a hollow in the Shami tree, is one of my favourites.

Continue reading Shastra Poojan

Crime Against Women or Political Conspiracy?

Why are rapes taking place in Haryana with such alarming frequency??

According to the Haryana State Congress chief Phool Chand Mulana, the rape of 11 women in the last one month (is) a “conspiracy to malign the government.”

“Such incidents happened earlier also, we condemn them …but no accused has been protected and all the culprits have been extended… I can say that this could be a conspiracy.” Continue reading “Crime Against Women or Political Conspiracy?”

Of This & That and Teaching Kids

When we lived in the City, some friends and I used to conduct a Sanskarvarga for children in an underprivileged area. I have written about it earlier in this post.

Continue reading “Of This & That and Teaching Kids”

Here We Stand

Here we stand here looking through the windows of your homes

watching you live your commonplace lives

reading, playing, arguing without fear

navigating your mundane troubles

relishing your ordinary joys. Continue reading “Here We Stand”

Of Farmers’ Junkets & Free Tablets

Earlier this year, 172 farmers from Maharashtra were sent abroadas part of the Maharashtra government’s initiative to “educate” them. While the state government funds half their expenses — upto Rs 1 lakh — the farmers are expected to pay the remaining amount’.

Rs 10 crore has been earmarked in the budget for this scheme. The farmers can go to any places of their choice. They are accompanied by officials from the Department of agriculture as well as a translator. Continue reading “Of Farmers’ Junkets & Free Tablets”

Satyameva Jayate

Falsehood comes in many forms.

Take the horrific case of Apna Ghar shelter in Rohtak, Haryana. Last month, the Incharge of the home Jaswanti Devi, was arrested.  A National Commission for Protection of Child Rights questioned 28 of the inmates.

Almost all the inmates reportedly said that Haryana Police officials were frequent visitors to Apna Ghar and would abuse them with the help of Jaswanti Devi.

And just a few months ago, this same Jaswanti Devi was

  honoured by the Haryana state government with Indira Gandhi Nari Shakti Puraskar carrying a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh and a citation.

So was it not falsehood on the part of the Haryana government to honour her with this award? Continue reading “Satyameva Jayate”

Celebratory Murder

As I was reading the morning newspaper, one headline leapt out- SP ‘celebratory firing’ kills boy.

The twelve-year old boy, Danish,

died after being hit by a bullet during celebratory firing, allegedly by supporters of SP candidate from Sambhal, Iqbal Mahmood.

What a horrible way to ‘celebrate’ winning an election!

Continue reading “Celebratory Murder”

Friends, Indians, Countrymen

[Julius Caesar is assassinated by a group of conspirators led by his friend Brutus. Brutus justifies the killing, saying that Caesar had become too ambitious and had to be killed.

Mark Antony delivers a brilliantly sarcastic eulogy starting with the words-

‘Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.’ Continue reading “Friends, Indians, Countrymen”

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