I had the opportunity to make a film about a village in Chittoor District in Andhra Pradesh. Diguvapalem is a small village consisting of about 25-30 families. The documentary I made revolves around G Nanda Kumar, who is a young 22 year old boy who has taken up organic farming, afforestation and has even started a Learning Centre for the children and youth of Diguvapalem.Read More Lessons from the Earth – An Eco-Film
Some would argue that poems are meant to be felt. Critical analysis, more often than not, leads to the death of a poem. On the other hand, feeling the poem brings with it a different vibe. What do I mean by ‘feeling’ a poem? Every work of art carries with it not just the artist’s […]Read More To Feel or To Act?
Eyes lean and hungry Gaze deep into the skull Of night. A crow with dusty wings Flies into a blood-soaked opera Of worms and insects. The reaper shuns all light. Soon, swooping wings And a dagger beak Cuts through tainted flesh. The music stops And insects scatter The less fortunate Are stabbed and killed. […]Read More Opera
Manoharrai Sardessai was a Konkani poet from Goa who contributed immensely to modern Konkani poetry. He was fluent in several languages including French. However, Sardessai wrote extensively in his mother tongue Konkani. This essay will look at a few poems of Sardessai in the light of his close connection to Goan soil. Konkani poet Madhav […]Read More A Brush With Manoharrai Sardessai’s Poems
“Sir, but Konkani is not a mixture of Kannada and anything else”, I reply.
“But I speak Kannada”, he says.
“True sir, but I speak Konkani”, I say.Read More What is Konkani, bro?
Dispossessed’s music comes at you like a raging bull. The fierce vocals and merciless riffs lift you off your feet. The young and angry musicians are described by Vice as “…the most Uncompromising, Unapologetic and Important Band in Australia.” The reason being, they voice their anti-colonial, anti-capitalist and anti-white supremacist views fearlessly. The band comprises […]Read More Anti-Colonial music from Aboriginal lands
Allen Ginsberg is one of the key figures in the Beat movement. He would have turned 93 this year. In 1956 with his publication of Howl, Ginsberg gained a lot of public attention. It was raw, powerful and filled with anger. The poem took the literary world by surprise and shock. While some critics dismissed […]Read More Remembering the Sunflower: Suggestions of Hope in Allen Ginsberg’s Poetry
Introduction The songs in French progressive death metal band Gojira’s third studio album From Mars to Sirius tell the story of an astral traveller, who travels to Sirius C in order to save a dying planet, or the “sinking ship of men” as vocalist Joseph Duplantier puts it. The songs represent a whimsical out […]Read More Gojira – Planting Seeds of Environmental Concern in Death Metal Soil
CITYSCAPES in MODERN POETRY Hey! Use the above link to read my article!Read More Cityscapes as Detrimental Factors in the poems of Allen Ginsberg, T.S. Eliot and James Douglas Morrison
(Image Source: http://culture.affinitymagazine.us/sylvia-plath-claims-abuse-by-ted-hughes-in-soon-to-be-published-unseen-letters/) Ted Hughes’s poetry often embodies the raw state of violence in the natural world. Most of his poems revolve around nature and are concerned with the struggle for survival in an animalistic world. For instance in his poem Pike, violence is not thrust upon the reader but is subtly suggested in a […]Read More Exploring Sylvia Plath’s Mindscape through Ted Hughes’s “Red”