Nilanjana Roy’s BRILLIANT article

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Surpanakha, cast as the dark-skinned, monstrous outsider.(Image found on (Published in the Business Standard, 8th January 2013)  In times of trouble, turning to the great epics is always useful: their ancient bloodstained lines are reminders that we do not have a premium on violence, rape and corpses. Over the centuries, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata have become India’s default epics, eclipsing the Rajatarangini, the Cilapatikkaram and other equally powerful legends in the mainstream imagination. While this is a loss, both epics offer an insight into the way rape works in India. Five stories of… Continue reading Nilanjana Roy’s BRILLIANT article

Please Give 40000 families a voice!

Hola People, First, listen to this AWESOME trailer of ‘Mountain Echoes’ And now, I’ll come to the point!! Villages/rural areas in India are hardly connected the way we are. There is no question of Internet/Google/Facebook. They live in a ‘media dark’ area. One really strong medium of communication is RADIO. It changes the way people live. Local radio stations, in particular, address local needs, local information/entertainment/education/etc. and bring about social change in many ways. Lots of rural communities are incredibly passionate about making Community Radio happen, but are strapped by funds and lack of technical know-how. My college friend, Saritha Thomas – who … Continue reading Please Give 40000 families a voice!

Five tips for effective social media strategy

I spent much of Christmas tweeting and re-tweeting posts on micro-blogging platform Twitter in the hopes of winning a Sony Tablet or iPhone (none of which came my way, in any case!) But yes, the use of social media was extraordinary!! What was more interesting was the fact that retailers did not ‘PUSH’ their products by ‘Selling’. To the contrary, they ‘PULLED’ a huge audience by ‘NOT selling’ but ‘engaging‘ the vibrant online buyer community!! Apparently, research has also proved that products recommended by friends/acquaintances on social networks fare better than those that aren’t! There is no denying it. Social media … Continue reading Five tips for effective social media strategy

King-size Chess, anyone?

At a time when iPads and Nintendos rule the roost, it can be quite difficult for a parent to get children to sit down and play a ‘real‘ board game. I have always had a soft corner for board games like Othello, Monopoly, Connect 4, etc. because I feel they enrich us. Games like Chess, for example, help us develop not just concentration but also strategic thinking. And what better age to introduce this, than childhood? Believe it or not, I did not have the fortune of learning to play Chess during my childhood. A neighbour once offered to teach … Continue reading King-size Chess, anyone?

Monday’s child in 2012

Well, many of you would have heard of the Monday’s Child poem/rhyme before. For those who haven’t, here it is: Mondays child is fair of face, Tuesdays child is full of grace, Wednesdays child is full of woe, Thursdays child has far to go, Fridays child is loving and giving, Saturdays child works hard for his living, And the child that is born on the Sabbath day Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay. Now I have to admit that my sibling and I actually believed that rhyme to be true, and would often use it to tease each other. … Continue reading Monday’s child in 2012

The good wife

Just came across a very interesting creative writing initiative by Auset. She gives a prompt for each day, and you have 10 minutes to write about it. And write anything :-) So, Writing Prompt #1: Opening Line Her mother always said she would make a good wife. My take – as always, a 55-er, as that is the easiest way out ;-) ——— ‘Her mother always said she would make a good wife.She was pretty, docile and had no bad habits. Atleast, no boys!Years passed. Prince Charming hadn’t arrived.Finally. ‘Mum, I’m getting married. I love Sam’’Sam who?’ Mum asked excitedly.‘Samantha’‘What? … Continue reading The good wife