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Monthly Archives: August, 2016

Labyrinth of Official Procedures and Codal Formalities -[Sankupurana – Memoirs of an Engineer] – M.S.Menon, New Delhi

After the usual breakfast given by the watchman, Jain and I sat at the dining table to discuss generally about the work involved and...

The laughing car – Akshat Jain, California

The car was stuck. For a moment at least. But that moment was enough to let the derision start pouring in from those pimples...

Who am I – Chetan Hari

I'm standing in the land Surrounded by lust green And forgotten, I hear myself in the Nature dug grave, I see myself in the crystal often running by age, I choose...

Monsoon

We are experiencing the monsoon season now. Monsoon is a special season for India, especially for Kerala. This rainy season hides in itself many...

My Visit to the OT – Hemambika Varma, Kerala

When I was advised by my treating doctor to write about my visit to the O.T., I was surprised by his faith in me...

Bibi Russell: fashion of substance – Mili Chatterjee Ghosh, Bangalore

The rustic voice of Bhanvari Devi, a singer from the ancient town of Pushkar, Ajmer (State of Rajasthan), becomes the title track of a...

Tale of a riverside sea – Abhishek Ghoshal, Karnataka

At times I feel very alone. In the quiet afternoon, throwing stone – Standing by the gushing river, Staring blankly at the forest, green forever – On the...

Rains and Me – Rimni Chakravarty, Siliguri

The rains continued to pour the whole day It went on without lingering for a moment. Incessant rains continued without a nonstop flow My smile dries as...
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Resurrection

i have arrived at my altar. hark! i rise, i flourish, i pirouette on my one toe and float like a...

Stalking Prisons

The streets are empty with no one in sight, I check the big clock of the tower behind the basilic of Saint Francis of Assisi. It’s 2 o’clock on a mid-summer Tuesday afternoon. Everything’s shut. Everyone’s resting. My heart’s hitting the walls of its all so tight ribcage, as I need to cross the brightly lit square and go to the other side.

Revisiting Ambedkar’s Vision of ‘United States of India’: Can It Stand as Modern India’s Viable Alternative?

In April 2020, Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor waded into the debate, arguing that a Presidential system would prevent the “one-man show” that the Indian system has evolved into. The proponents of this line of thought also cite the United States' (relative) political stability as one of the key reasons to support their argument. The proposal challenges the Indian Constitution’s “Basic structure doctrine” decided by the Supreme Court in the Kesavananda Bharathi case. However, this requires further examination: a Presidential form of government might fix some of India’s political gridlock, but it may also open Pandora’s Box, releasing a whole wake of issues in its place. This includes a politically biased Supreme Court and horse-trading of MPs on a scale unheard in Indian politics.

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Reviewing ‘Obsession and Wild Pigeon’ by Ismat Chughtai

My interest in Ismat Chughtai developed when I first...