Writing as a mode of Activism: Do the structures listen?

“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?

Conversations with Cabbies: Social Policy Insights

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

Mobile, Mustafa and the Migrant in Singapore: Side-notes from the Globalization Narrative

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

Fragility

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

The Food Court

“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