JNU VC has an incredible cv, a soft spoken engineering educator (watch the interview with Anuradha Sen Gupta on Off Centre) from IIT D of a largely popular humanities-social sciences university (that might be a major cause of the heart burn) does not seem to be the devil incarnate painted by the teachers association. What … More JNU: Site of Opposition?
Arundhati Roy has her own seminar circuit audience in left liberal circles globally. She has a good livelihood from the incredible GOST royalties, and her lesser known, although powerfully written non fiction work which I am fortunate to have read line by line. Not all her writings are on the K issue, read Doctor and … More Arundhati Roy: The Public Intellectual’s Arguments
Practising Journalists need to speak to J School Academics in India. We are a generation which questions barely and shouts jargons at the drop of the hat. More power to independent voices such a power couple in Journalism/Documentary Film making today evening in Muscat today. Kudos to them regarding their documentary projects in Europe, Africa … More Conversation with a Journalist Power Couple in Oman
Ambition smoulders everything in its vicinity akin to fireFire is often the epistemological crutch for purification and progress Wisdom and fire are antonyms The kinetic force often renders obsolete, the paths ahead Relevant for the caravan of progress
Cities of the Gulf are made by migrants over the past fifty years. More than three generations have grown up here with a semi detached relationship with home passport countries. Malls articulate this complicated relationship status quite well; chole bature, coexists with shawarma, kahwa with karak chai. The fare from the motherland, with the material … More Migrant Diaries: Muscat Field Notes
Airports are melting pots of aspirations, compulsions and an embodiment of ‘the journey’. Budget carriers are status symbols of ‘we have arrived’ and not arrived as well, as the air steward sells tea at thirty six thousand feet, while cringing while counting the change. 6E sells masala chai at three USD/RO 1, on international flights … More Air Travel as contested sites of emotion
Libraries are like personal collections, take eons of all matter of resources to curate an exhibition. Rather, the functional transforms into the aesthetic, as motive, meaning fuse into something bigger than previously unimaginable.
Write because they is a story to narrate Not because there is a deadline to meet Market evaluates the outcome, as per monetisation potential But at the heart of the story there is an idea
Arnab is back. A single man brand who is defining right wing media in his own image, as he always did. The firmament of right wing media with Rajat Sharma, WION, NewsX and Republic is tilting the liberal media to take a backstage. The right wing intelligentsia is shaping up too with Swapan Da, Hindol … More Arnab and Right Wing Firmament
Contacts, not relationships Transaction, not emotion Add/Connect rather than nourish Facetime/Facebook rather than catch ups Sales rather than organisation building Egos rather than learning Listicles rather than long reads Tweets rather than complex arguments Fleeting, rather than meaning Record and share, rather than feel Experience Economy, rather than Experience Development rather than diversity Rationale, is … More New Era, A Poem