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A Beginners Guide to Aadhaarspeak

Mahatma Gandhi dandi march

The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from ordinary hypocrisy; they are deliberate exercises in doublethink. For it is only by reconciling contradictions that power can …

Reflections on an overdue farewell

Asthi Visarjan

This morning, my mother woke me up telling me that my father was no longer breathing. It wasn’t entirely unexpected. He was suffering from Parkinsons and had deteriorated rapidly in recent times. And he had suffered. Coming awake in a hurry, I checked him. No breath, no pulse, he was still warm. My mother had …

Uttarakhand donate: How to send aid to Uttarakhand flood survivors

satellite image of area of uttarkashi flood 2013

The Uttarakhand flood is fast becoming a hotbed for opportunists. Fake images and videos are circulated online to get social media power, announcements are made encouraging people to publicize certain profiles or content promising donations to flood relief, fake links are coming up requesting donations for flood relief. It isn’t all that different from the …

To new beginnings

To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour. ~ William Blake The year sets a humble end. A year of upheaval, of pain, of struggle, joys and learning. The biggest thing that comes to …

Blind men and their Elephants

Ramkrishna Paramahamsa once shared this parable: A number of blind men came to an elephant. Somebody told them that it was an elephant. The blind men asked, ‘What is the elephant like?’ and they began to touch its body. One of them said: ‘It is like a pillar.’ This blind man had only touched its …