LIFE & LIVING

REFLECTING ON. AS A YEAR COMES.

For the love of writing With the thrill of ride For the joy of thinking With a canvas so wide To nature’s hallways To its rhythmic slopes To nature’s galleries Through its sky ropes For the love of writing In the mood of romantics For the pull of reflecting In the league of semantics My story in 366 days My ...

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2016 GOES BY..REFLECTING ON..

It is always between ‘what changes from one calendar day to the next’ and ‘every day is a new day, a reservoir of hopes, a new opportunity to do, undo or redo things’. And it is always better to go with the later one – every day is a new day and every day is a new ‘you’. Welcome 2017. ...

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BOB DYLAN ABOUT INDIA

Bob Dylan is a living legend and there are no second thoughts about it. And now that he is a Literature Nobel laureate, he is going to be discussed the world over. Like other places, here, in India as well, people are trying to find Bob Dylan’s local connect (India connect). And in the process has emerged a fact that ...

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JANMASHTAMI IS STILL WORSHIPPED IN ALMOST EVERY HINDU HOUSE BUT WITHOUT JANMASHTAMI TABLEAUS

Time changes things and the way we carry out many activities – even if the perspectives and the concepts behind those perspectives remain the same. The same holds true about how we celebrate our festivals. In our childhood, and even in teens, Janmashtami happened to be a community celebration where almost each household participated. Jhankis (tableaus) were created in almost ...

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EXPECTED AMAZON RESPONSE ON “WOULD AMAZON SUBSCRIBE TO THIS ON ‘SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE’?”

While writing my longish mail on Amazon’s ‘Subscribe and Save’ category and tweeting it to Amazon, Amazon India and Jeff Bezos Twitter handles, I had not expected a prompt reply. It was based on my previous experiences. I have done this exercise with many companies – on this or that issue related to them. So far, my best experience has ...

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WOULD AMAZON SUBSCRIBE TO THIS ON ‘SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE’?

Given the kind of depth Amazon has in online retail, along with its pioneering presence and global dominance, we can say the company will soon be India’s biggest online retailer, a market that is projected to have the world’s largest middle class in the years ahead. And the way it is moving up its product chains, it is leaving behind ...

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WHAT IS IT ABOUT DYING IN VARANASI?

What is it about dying in Varanasi (or Banaras or Kashi)? Death is an event in life that though sums up everything for a life, leaves a lifetime of thoughts and afterthoughts for others who are associated with the departed. It leaves a void that remains there, throughout. The pain, that is unbearable initially, becomes a way of life with ...

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VIPISM – FUNERAL PYRES!

COLORES INFINITUM Sample this. Funeral pyre is said to be the only decided event that comes inevitably to every life – irrespective of your caste, religion, community, sect or ethnicity. And it is very rightly said that we all are equal in death – even if we spend our whole life with lofty ideals, with gaudy ostentations, with bawdy deliberations, ...

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VIPISM – TEMPLES

COLORES INFINITUM Temples are probably the best examples to see how deeply ingrained is the VIP culture in our society in India, something that a rational and logical mind instantly disapproves. But then what can you do? Nothing! But to keep you straight, up according to the norms – as humanity desires and as God decrees – and not as ...

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SOME ‘THOUGHTFUL EJACULATIONS’ ON GEC PROGRAMMING :)

Obviously in the Indian context! Is there any limit to the shit being run on GEC TV channels? Has story-writing become dead as an art for storywriters/screenwriters/dialogue-writers writing for television? Either the screenwriters of these ‘wisdom-operas’ are so brave that they can write the same stuff again and again – without getting bored and bottlenecked – for same television serial ...

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