One could well say at the outset that the all-pervading emotion of ‘Agni’ ( meaning Fire) is violence. But as you proceed further, it is not violence alone that rules, but a strange interplay between love and violence. And this bizarre proportion could disturb the reader to the core. ‘Agni’ was originally written in Malayalam … Continue reading ‘Agni’ by C Radhakrishnan
Climbing one of the hills at Pothenpara in Pathanamthitta (one of the districts in Kerala) is certainly an arduous task. But the eighty year old Natarajan lives here with his wife, Kanakamma. To my dismay, his house could hardly be described as one as it’s a makeshift arrangement made up of tin sheets. An old … Continue reading This 80 yr old man is broke. But to fight against the illegal quarries and protect the environment, he distributed his land to the poor
I always thought I could venture out to any place and make it my own. I was somebody who always thrived anywhere without friends. Greenery, books, library, churches, temples or places where I can sit and brood over anything and everything under the sun, those are my little corners. With Bangalore, it was no different … Continue reading A Walk Down the Memory Lane, Ibrahim Street
It was a dead end. We stood in the middle of nowhere as the Gps of our car (uber) mistook the place as our destination. There was no sign of life. The driver looked around bewildered, as he found nothing indicating where to proceed. I was on my way to attend a conference. Without loosing … Continue reading How a ‘ Serene’ place could be ‘Haunting’ for some !
Twenty eight year old Jhansi, the gatekeeper with the Indian Railways, was on her usual self after closing the railway gate between Aralvaymoli and North Panakudi stations in Kanyakumari district, Tamilnadu. The Nagercoil - Bengaluru Express was about to pass. As the time flew by, out of the blue, five miscreants arrived at the gate … Continue reading This is the story of a Lady Gatekeeper
Years ago, an English spinster was found murdered in a hotel called Savoy in Mussoorie, India. The British was ruling the country then. There was little information on whether the murder case was solved or not. But what was known that this case later provided a backdrop for a writer in Britain to base her … Continue reading The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
Years ago, when I first visited this church, it looked age old exuding tranquility. Doves perched on the wooden planks placed beneath the roof of the church cooed intermittently. The sounds of the sea, splashing waves added to its aura. I personally feel the best time to visit a church or a temple is the … Continue reading A church on the Sea Shore – The Madre De Deus Church, Vettukad, Thiruvananthapuram.
I was under the impression that travelling could be an experience only if I travel solo. I was completely fascinated by the tales of solo travelling until my trip to Shravanabelagola in Hassan at Karnataka broke that myth. Well! Solo travelling might work for many but for me a trip with somebody who would just … Continue reading Solo or not, Travel is all about ‘You’ and your ‘Experience’
A few years ago, I met little Meena during one of my project visits to a village called Kuppannoor at Salem in Tamil Nadu. I was then working for an NGO as its media manager. Female foeticide bonded labour, child labour, child marriage, untouchability- you name it, the village has everything. I do not remember … Continue reading What I saw in Salem!!Black, Brown or White – Human Lives matter
The road was steep. And the ambassador car we hired was moving cautiously as if getting prepared to avert any untoward incidents that can occur on the way. We were passing through a small forest, and, it sent shivers down my spine as I was told that the chances of coming across a herd of … Continue reading Why 25 families abandoned their houses in Kayattuva, 2 kilometers away from Paniyeli Poru, a tourist destination in Ernakulam?