“I will tell you this, I may be dead, but my ideas will surely not die.” – Saro-Wiwa, Ogoni-Nigerian Writer speaking to the tribunal that sent him to the gallows I grew up in the milieu of post liberalization middle class India and the diaspora in the Gulf resembling a similar … More Writing as a mode of Activism: Do the structures listen?
Cabbies or Auto rickshaw drivers from Mumbai to Singapore are the most politically aware and erudite socio-political commentators that one can find as they truly have their ears to the heartbeat of the communities they drive in and unfortunately they are the most undervalued group in the urban ecosystem. The point of contact/interface between infrastructure … More Conversations with Cabbies: Social Policy Insights
It was a crowded Sunday evening (as usual) in Singapore’s Little India area at one of the major bus stops perpendicular to the iconic Mustafa Centre on Syed Alwi Lane, the retail cathedral of the South Asian Migrant, which is also an organizing node for social interactions on the weekly off for the migrant worker. … More Mobile, Mustafa and the Migrant in Singapore: Side-notes from the Globalization Narrative
Today was an usual Sunday Afternoon. I woke up late, grabbed lunch at my local kopitiam mamak stall out of sheer hunger having skipped dinner last evening. The lunch plate is modelled on the banana leaf, on which ‘Sapaad’ or the lunch spread is served upon in southern India. The plate however, was a melamine … More An Artsy Sunday Afternoon
Last weekend i flew to Kolkata for a break. It was a not very usual Friday evening and I was really charged up as I was meeting a real special person and compounded by the fact that I had not taken a break in a year’s time. It was a comfortable emergency exit seat with … More Conversations at Thirty Six Thousand Feet
Arundhati Roy and P Sainath are voices that counter the neoliberal growth narrative of growth at any cost and painting growth as a linear story line. A story line where labor rights, environmental commons are commodities to be discarded as these cannot be listed in an IPO on Dalal Street. I grew up during the … More Growth Wallah’s: Yeh Dil Maange More
Fragility is beautiful, as feel yourself at your weakest, simultaneously makes one feel free while helpless. A chance to gather the ashes from the past, a seed for a new plant Obsession & indifference are extremes yet human Pain is the fuel for moving ahead, yet very human again Happiness does not feel as motivating as … More Fragility
Yesterday, a new article post published on Huff Post titled ‘Singapore’s Heart Beats In Its Food Courts’ . Here is the link : http://www.huffingtonpost.in/manishankar-prasad/the-food-court_b_7107064.html Happy Reading 🙂
“Have you eaten” or “Makan Sudah” in Bahasa Melayu is often heard from friends here in Singapore exemplifies the value of eating out to socialising and community building in Singapore. The cacophony of sounds from a smattering of Hokkein at the noodle soup hawker stall to Tamil and Urdu at the Indian Halal corner dishing … More The Food Court
Welfare has unfortunately turned into an undesirable word in the political discourse from Delhi to Athens. The Greek public had an emphatic no vote to the EU Deal in terms of voting in the leftist Syriza. The Maverick Academic Finance Minister of Greece later had to tone down its rhetoric of leaving the EU. But, … More Welfare, is not a bad word?