Monday, 12 March 2018


Harappan / Indus Valley Civilization's historians love to speculate all the time - Who inhabited those early cities ? What were the people like and what trades did they practise ? Ancient India continues to live within the contemporary one. For proof that the sub-continent has preserved its traditions through past millenniums, witness the two images (TV grabs) the one above from Karnataka hills and one below from Sri Lanka. Cooking some food  comfortably and by preference in vessels made of clay, as folks did 2,000 to 3,000 years ago and much earlier; they illustrate how POTTERS and POTTERY were central to the HARAPPAN Civilisation. So yes, Potters too lived in those settlements.

Sunday, 11 March 2018


"Gayatri Spivak is an academic superstar" - reminds Kuntala Lahiri Dutt. Derrida's translator Spivak was back home from Columbia, where she teaches, and decided to lecture a bit. To a full house in attendance Spivak spoke on the impossibility and yet immediacy of the task of translation. Notice the deference she evokes among her followers.

Thursday, 8 March 2018


Legend has it that its goddess Maya (Maia) who bestows spring upon earth. Within that small span between winter and oh so warm summer every growth in soil sparkles with colour and the spirit of rejuvenation infects beasts, avians, humans alike. Poet writes, Youth sings, Composer discovers inspiration. Celebrate life while you still have the spirit, is the sentiment. 

Wednesday, 14 February 2018


Winter slipping away and spring just in, the annual festival of Art - IAF opened its doors to the art-lover. It was a generous assembly and from classic to contemporary, fairly representative too.  Vaikuntham's traditional India portrayed in deep colours and with their identity markings seemed to occupy every other gallery's walls. Dippy Menon's heroine announcing her freedom from bondage here.


Tuesday, 6 February 2018


somedays there are guests that show up like long-awaited news. And there're ones that home in and set you to wonder. The guy holding a travel bag at door who seems delighted to have located you, was erased from memory and album till this moment of renegotiation. Your response decides whether you're willing to journey back in time or are forever in the present. (In the image, a guest that was awaited).

Saturday, 27 January 2018

APPA DEEPO BHAVA (Be Your Own Light)

Focus on the lamp's wick
as you light it,  let it light other ones
ruminate on your action, reflect
stay true stay right

find a patch of grass
lie flat upon it, all fours
look up and immerse
as your being shrinks
and gradually disappears

it was brief
it was fleeting
this journey we made
together, but for that span
what a life it was !

Wednesday, 17 January 2018


Monastery in Coorg that bears an imposing facade and houses monks who go about their business with great composure and gentle movements. The Knocker on the gate to the shrine reveals in exquisite craftsmanship - a guardian face, warning you to let go all evil and negativity as you enter.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018


Be a Bird and run a sweeping gaze across the
valley below. Own that view.  Travel finds us
places and sights of a world that existed before
modern lifestyle pigeonholed us, climate controlled
it, cab-scurried us through masses, clock-timed our
days and nights, and enslaved us to a ringing gadget..