image source: https://thesrinibash.wordpress.com/2018/11/22/160/ In the month of October/ November every year, the ancient city of Cuttack is witness to the largest open fair of Asia. Known as Bali Jatra, the festival starts on the full moon of Kartik and continues for a week or so. There is another event that happens throughout Odisha on the … Continue reading the land of exceptional arts
surprises on the way – photo essay
Kahin door jab din dhal jae ... Driving from Mangaluru to Murudeshwar on NH - 66 is awesome in it self - provided you ignore the typical bad patches on any Indian Road that is under repair- or not under repair. (In India some roads are perpetually under repair 😀 ). I have travelled on … Continue reading surprises on the way – photo essay
behind the grease paint
Life and death are conjoined twins. Nothing makes us ruminate more on life than the news of death. During those demonetization days if everyone became an economist, on the demise of Sridevi everyone seems to have become a philosopher. This was evident from the first tweet and the first whatsapp message that I came across. … Continue reading behind the grease paint
‘Teach Me To Dream’ – Book Review
My illustrator friend Sailaja Anand ( who is also an eternal optimist) has put up her perceptions of my poems on her blog.
‘Teach Me To Dream’ has been written by Mr. Durga Prasad Dash whose work I always have admired. It is an anthology of poems that celebrate life in its myriads of aspects: love, longing, pain, illusion,beauty and ugliness, freedom, bondage, war, politics, enlightenment.There is no sphere of life that is left un touched by the author. Each emotion is conveyed beautifully and every reality is expressed with conviction. Each stanza is a beautiful piece in itself, touching the deep core.
In part I, the way the author has connected seasons and emotions with his web of words is so heartening.
”there is a rhythm in the sun,
melody in air, and
dance in water”
Through words the author is indeed celebrating the nature with beautiful expression.
In poem ‘your sweet absense’
In the following lines
“In my lack of discretion
hoping to rise with you
I fall again and again”
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The Japanese Sense of Aesthetics
The word Haiku reminds me of millions of awful micro poetic compositions that pass for as haikus in the blogosphere. The other day I came across a couple of such alleged haikus. I don't remember the wordings but one was about the miserable office wage and another was about the boss who was an asshole. … Continue reading The Japanese Sense of Aesthetics
my speech at the indiblogger meet, bengaluru
Well, I have been a serious blogger since last one year. Of course, I have been blogging for more than five years and doing some creative writing maybe, for last one hundred years. No... no. I am not that old like Asha Ram Bapu or RK Pachauri. Actually I feel that it is not only … Continue reading my speech at the indiblogger meet, bengaluru
events galore in bengaluru
Like any other metro city, Bengaluru is host to numerous events - literary, culinary, cultural, artistic, social & unsocial, open and clandestine. Much as am I tempted to attend many of the events, a person of not so affluent means like me is not only restrained from the financial angle, but also by the limited … Continue reading events galore in bengaluru
Times Literature Festival Bangalore 2017
Attending a Literature Festival is a beautiful way of spending an enlightening weekend. Ideas float around, the air is filled with literary vibrations and the ambiance is charged with star presence. The fever catches onto to you. The temperature soars to climax to a rocking frenzy like it happened this time when the local rock … Continue reading Times Literature Festival Bangalore 2017
Celebrating 30 years of Malgudi Days
It is a humongous task for any director to convert a novel into a movie retaining its authenticity. It becomes all the more difficult when the story is humorous. In my young adult days I used to be a great fan of RK Narayan. I still am. Malgudi Days, directed and produced by Shankar Nag … Continue reading Celebrating 30 years of Malgudi Days