Ritusamhara – there used to be six seasons, my love

प्रचण्डसूर्यः स्पृहणीयचन्द्रमाः सूखावगाह क्षतवारिसञ्चयः। दिनान्तरम्योऽभुय्पशान्तमन्मथो निदाघकालोऽयम् उपागतः प्रिये ।। The sun is furious, but the moon is cool. Bathing is pleasant, but ponds are shrinking. Day-ends are charming, but the Cupid stirs no more. Cruel summer has set in, my love. (Ritusamhara 1:1) random image collected from internet (supposedly the cover of a You tube … Continue reading Ritusamhara – there used to be six seasons, my love

Mricchakatikam – the cart of clay

Mricchakatikam, the Sanskrit play of the fifth century AD written by Sudraka, has all the element of a Bollywood blockbuster. It is unfortunate that the movies made on this paly in Hindi and other languages did not become so. Hindi movie Utsav was made on this play and it starred Rekha, Sekhar Suman, and Amzad … Continue reading Mricchakatikam – the cart of clay

environment in the age of market economy

image credit : unsplash Competitive economy and protection of environment have been at loggerheads since perhaps the agricultural age. The first disturbances to earth's natural ecosystem must have started when men cleared a part of the forest to plant crops. Still there are many societies that live in deep forests without doing any agriculture. They … Continue reading environment in the age of market economy

Let noble thoughts come to us from all sides

Are we living in a world fragmented not only by physical boundaries but also by ideological boundaries? In India at least until a few years ago we never heard words like 'right wing', 'left wing', 'centre left', 'right of centre', 'liberal’ etc. in our popular discourses. Now even people take pride in branding and labeling … Continue reading Let noble thoughts come to us from all sides

Her Majesty’s Royal Service – Making Sense of the British Raj

When it comes to interpretation of the British Rule in India there are two schools of thought. The popular view is that it was an era of darkness. Then there are intellectuals who attribute everything that is good in modern India to the colonial rule. The Popular View After Shashi Tharoor quit his international career … Continue reading Her Majesty’s Royal Service – Making Sense of the British Raj