THE INNUMERABLE MASK-ETEERS

The corona virus is in the air and is here to stay for a long time. No known vaccine has surfaced so far and it will take probably at least another year for the vaccine to be made available for the patients around the globe. Hospitals have run out of beds for patients (and in…

THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE MISSING COCONUT

“Where has it vanished away?” I exclaimed in all bewilderment. “It wasn’t there at all in the first place!” My mother tried to reason and calm me down. “It was! I saw it! I saw it for real!” “Oh, you must have mistaken a brinjal for it!” “What!” I thought, “Is that even possible? Did…

QUESTIONS

Oftentimes some questions can be really thought-provoking, answering a lot of curiosities; but at other times, some questions can simply leave one perplexed and dazed. For DK (Nasseruddin Shah) from Masoom, it was mostly the latter case.  DK is caught tongue-tied on numerous occasions when his illegitimate son, Rahul (Jugal Hansraj) asks him certain questions….

THE QUALMS OF QUARANTINE

Samuel Beckett in his play ‘Waiting for Godot’ (1953) talks about two aged and peculiar men waiting for a man named, well, Godot. Set in an isolated barren land, presenting an obscured image, with nothing but a drying leafless tree in sight, the play is a representative of the post-world-war dilemma and hopelessness. The two…

THE UNPLANNED PLANS

“You know what kind of plan never fails? No plan. No plan at all. You know why? Because life cannot be planned… You cannot go wrong with no plans.” – A dialogue from the movie ‘Parasite‘   Papa has mostly been an absentee father for most of the time we were growing up. He was…

TECHNOLOGY AND THE HUMAN MIND

  The saddest part of technology is that it lacks ethics. . Over the recent times, artificial intelligence has been in much debate. We are having a moral tussle with our own self and our own creations. Would our creations someday outdo us? Or have they already done it? Should we be afraid? Would robots…

KAVI GOPALDAS NEERAJ

कुछ 8-10 साल मम्मी-पापा की शादी की सालगिरह थी। हमलोग ने सोचा कि दोनो की फोटो इकट्ठा करके एक विडियो बनायेंगे। बना भी लिया। अब बस एक गाना चाहिए था जो कि उस विडियो में पीछे चलता रहे। बहुत खोजा। मिल ही नहीं रहा था। बहुत मशक्कत के बाद एक गाना मिला… “फूलों के रंग…

GHARE BAIRE- A Review

What happens when one Master takes a masterpiece of another Master and presents it to the world? It results in the immortalisation of the already immortal! That is what the prolific film-maker Ray did to the Nobel Laureate Tagore’s ‘Ghare Baire’ ( the Home and the World). Ray attempts to recreate the magic of the…

A TEA THAT WAS NOT

The long borne wish was going to be fulfilled today (early) morning. Finally, after years of longing and laziness, I was to visit that one tea stall which had been everyone’s recommendation. The ‘Let-us-not-name-it’ Tea Stall spoiled it for me(as it would for any other chai-lover as well) What you see here is Disappointment objectified….

When The Cuckoo Coos

Today morning, as I was taking a solitary walk around the campus and was admiring its tranquillity, a cuckoo’s melodious chirp happened to catch my attention. Immediately looking up, I tried to find out which tree was the bird sitting on. A young lady, standing nearby, smiled at me helplessly. Nevertheless, I continued with my…