Diary of the hummingbirds

Kiran Kler Saluja This is the second in the Spring diaries from my friend Kiran. I am quite sad that WordPress doesn't permit the uploading of videos to the essay because Kiran has recorded a delightful video of their nesting. A quick note to add (particularly for birders, the pictures were taken from a safe... Continue Reading →

The Monarch Garden

Kiran (Kler) Saluja "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has" Margaret Mead Given the depressing nightmare that we are living through in today's world, I decided to bring some joy into our lives by growing a Monarch garden. Last... Continue Reading →

“My svadharma was to teach”: A brief biography of Dr. Anandalakshmy

In the year 2013, I was approached to write Dr. Anandalakshmy’s biography for a publication on ‘Eminent Indian Psychologists’. I was both delighted and daunted by the responsibility, but greatly enjoyed writing this essay with inputs from Neerja Sharma and Dipali Taneja (thank you). This draft version is in fact, the final submitted to the editors with Dr. Anandalakshmy’s approval. Unfortunately, the editors of the volume believed that its rather unique format didn't fit in with the rest of the volume and required ‘correction’. They proceeded to make dramatic (read disastrous) changes while retaining the ‘facts’. We were given the “choice” to approve or quit! With a great deal of reluctance, both of us agreed and it is now available in print. I believe that the final version lacks soul and for some years now, I have been sitting with this essay wondering when and where to place it for others to read. Here it is for you.

Slumdogs and sentences: The unique attention to India at the Oscars

As the Oscar fever abates, we visit some of the issues related to the portrayal of Indians in cinema: documentaries and feature films, to ask whether filmmakers in other parts of the world can simply walk into neighbourhoods, classrooms and homes to confront people with a camera and ask invasive questions? Have we failed, as a society, to preserve the dignity of our people? Some of the shots in the documentary film 'Period etc.' and this featured interview with Rubina Ali (of Slumdog Millionaire fame) certainly seem to indicate that.

Breaking news?

No. Binding news, an evening bulletin. Two young children converse in gibberish and screech joyously when they stumble upon each other in a hide and seek game. A young girl invites me to join her in basketball practice as her coach has failed to appear. We play for a bit after which she cheekily tells... Continue Reading →

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