Can Gandhi still save us?

Gandhi and Nehru (Photo credit: taruntej) No Indian name in the world today is more familiar than that of Gandhi, besides that of Mother Theresa (who probably owes her popularity to the beauty pageants.) Non-violence and peace are not new concepts in the Indian tradition. Entire creeds are built around these. Making them into the central axis of a political movement was a new phenomenon. There are still undercurrents of dislike for the great man. And everyone has something or the other to testify against his goodness. Some common topics include his sleeping with naked girl attendents, his role in the partition, the Bhagat Singh affair, his kind gestures towards Pakistan at the time of partition, his drinking of fruit juice to break his fast during the partition violence, etc. This last one generated a lot of emotions in the play based on his assassin. Is the dislike due to his ascetic and other-worldly personal ethic? Do we accuse him of hypocrisy? Or are...
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What ails the Indian culture today?

‘Naturalised’ citizens of National Park, Borivali Taking a stroll on the wooded path leading to the Kanheri Caves brings us in touch with our long lost cousins. The mother above showed great acumen in holding her baby tight, shielded from the jungle around, the baby sucking on her breast. An Indian family gleefully clicked their cameras, and the woman with them gave me a rather  ‘blushing’ look as she pointed out the mother-baby duo to the kids. Perhaps inspired, a few yards away, a group of foreigners, white men and women, enjoyed a ‘swing’ on the loose tree branches. And I wondered, in private, going by their fair skin, whether their asses were as pink as of their primitive cousins. 🙂 The topic of this post is, however, not a joke. Going out for a cigarette to gather my thoughts, and will continue with this rather monstrous subject. It’s related to the above pic, no kidding! There is no bare-ass truth to be told here....
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Little souls In Buddha’s garden – A picture story

Shravasti – Where Buddha walked in person Sravasti, or shravasti is where Buddha is said to have spent many rainy seasons. The monastery where he lived is in the centre of a garden donated by a rich man of his times. The two young girls climbed down from the trees when they saw me, and lured me to their village with a sweet local accent – “Follow us to the village; Mother Ganges has come to visit us.” They were referring to the flood in the local river that had submerged most of this district. To the faithful, a river flood is a visit by the goddess herself.  I followed them to join a group of shepherds led by an old man the girls were travelling with. The remains of the fort seen in the background were probably the palace of the king of this rich and vibrant trading city. Nothing remains of it now, and only grass and trees grow over the...
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Odyssey

Tribal Odyssey – Yawalapiti – YouTube. We are the children of civilization. Pursuing our dreams, living with ambition, observing the world go round… Our eyes carry a history, and we breathe ourselves to self-awareness everyday. We spend the day working for others, and make a living for ourselves. Could things be different from what they are today? Were they any different in the ‘beginning’? What would it be like to live among the tribes in the rain forests of the Amazon? What would life be life in 3012? 4012? It’s not given to us to know these things. And that’s the greatest thing about life and living. It means no one can conquer or destroy the spring from which mankind has emerged. Was man better off when naked than he is today? Our clothes seem to have made a big difference. Our writing made us more human. The tribes had to actually live out their culture. We can do with mere recordings. So...
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