Author Archives: manjishtha

Random Thoughts #5

Slant rays through the window, Browns were never so gold, Dust hangs, lost, creasing air, Too timid to settle below. Gravid silence waits, perplexed; in shades, a glint. The faded thyme suggests …. With sighs, the bemoaner hopes. Manjishtha 6th April, 2017   Image Courtesy: A portrait a day : Yevgenia Watts Advertisements

Random Thoughts # 4

My blessing, my bane A mind, that is mine Insists, Sin’s my own, Virtue, divine. Heart, beats and wonders At no claim on Love, The one thing that salvages, Beyond and above. I am utterly, passionately, consummately in love with John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, and if I were to have a book for a […]

A Ticking Time Bomb

Yesterday, in Chandannagar, we came across a long forgotten scene, where a rickshaw with a loudspeaker, went rattling by through alleys and by-lanes of that crowded little old town, blaring a public announcement from a pre-recorded audio tape. Such means of information dissemination is not new and not forgotten, we frequently have them at our […]

Death, And Sweet Liquid Gold.

“Do you really need to go”? Fatima imploringly looked at Zarul, her husband of two weeks. “If I don’t go, what will you eat, silly’? Zarul replied, laughing, as he slung his cloth bag on his left shoulder and went out the door. It was dawn and his companions were waiting. Turning the corner of […]

Random Thoughts #3

The day melted in thunder and rain; It was half past seven. The grime and sweat of a sultry day, All washed away; The relief! ‘twas heaven. The storm in her heart, in silence, surged And garroted. When she’d melt away, she wondered. ‘Twas hell, her pain. Manjishtha 08.04.2015 Image Courtesy: (Painting by John […]

The “Quiet Crisis” in Indian Education & its not-so-quiet repercussion

Firstpost published an article today 1 on the fascination of Indian politicians for foreign academic degrees. The article suggests that it is not knowledge per se, that our politicians are after (no wonder there), but the apparent leg up in one’s social status that associating with the word ‘foreign’ gives, is what they seek the […]

“When Charity Kills”……… A Not So Fantastic Fiction Set In A Not So Unforeseeable Future

So, I am reading this chapter on Human Population and fuming inside on the reckless breeding tendencies of us humans and God decides to send me a demo. Our newly recruited domestic help is sweeping the courtyard, when she is commanded by a woman to “tell Mother to give alms”. When, our recruit, shy by […]