The Land of the Kakatiyas

‘Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future too’ – Marcus Aurelius (Roman Emperor, 121 AD – 180 AD) No history class is ever complete without discussing Indian history – an essential portion of which is made up by the Southern rulers and dynasties….

A Red Life

‘Remembering the face of his son, as he attacked and looted his father, all the dak runner (post runner) could say was, “I couldn’t see the face”. ‘ If you had the good fortune to read a bengali short story called ‘Dak Harkara’ by Tarasankar Bandopadhyay, you will be able to easily connect the dots. The…

eternally yours?

“We are very liberal in our mentality. We allow our daughter to do anything she likes. But I have told her, always to marry a Brahmin” “You can do whatever you like as long as the girl is from our caste. We are being very open minded about your marriage” “She’s a very nice girl,…

Between Somewhere and nowhere

The road was still full of potholes and dusty as ever. The huts had increased towards the fields but the laughter was missing. The trees were sparse, the dogwoods all withered and the pines greyish, still standing up to the harsh summer sun. There wasn’t much change but everything had changed. She stepped into the…

spring time

What is life? Is it just our everyday living? Fulfilling our portion of the work in the giant cycle of humanities existence? Is it collecting experiences and having adventures to inspire and motivate others? Do we exist for others or do others exist for you? Or is a journey of the self to understanding? As…

The Lost Civilisation

Looking at the recent week’s news, or rather the news of the past few months, along with the chatter on social media, I sat pondering what irked us so much as to show this level of anger or be such big antagonists. Is it our culture or our upbringing or the intervention of outside factors…

Managing Managers

“Don’t tell me you can’t” – Paralympian Juan Jose Mendez. Simple but true. It is indeed the short summary of a MBA graduates life. From assignments to extracurricular activities and to life after passing, this motto holds true throughout. An MBA student has a plethora of topics to brush up on. From finance to HR…

O Captain, My Captain

O Captain! My Captain! our fearful trip is done; The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won; The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting, While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring: But O heart! Heart! Heart! O the bleeding drops of red,…

Man and Superman

George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright and one of the most famous ones of the 17th century. He was a firm believer of socialism and was one of the main proponents in founding the Labour Party in the United Kingdom. One of his most acclaimed plays is Man and Superman. The story focuses on…

Locals and more at Mumbai

Is it the people, the places or the memories that help define a place? Or is it the ever remaining all pervasive sights, smells, feelings and experiences? Or is it the bustling office crowds thronging the streets? Or is it something more, something so ridiculously innocent & naive that in the course of our daily…

Kolkata-r bon-e jongol-e (In the jungles of Kolkata)

Kolkata, or the erstwhile Calcutta and the capital during the British Raj, is a metropolitan city situated on the banks of the murky Hooghly River. From the narrowest of by lanes to the busiest streets – Kolkata is indeed an ever moving and ever growing forest. Meandering through the morning or evening bazaars or just…

Devil’s workshop

There is an old English adage, ‘An empty mind is a Devil’s workshop’. It implies that people who do not have any work to do tend to use their mental faculty in mischievous ways to harm others. However, the one question that arises in my mind is – is this a matter of perception? When…