• This & That ....

    Thoughts on different subjects. Political to Philosophy. Books to Binding.Film to Folklore.Thoughts and thinking ; they have tremendous power. Thoughts of doubt and fear are pathways to failure. When you conquer negative attitudes of doubt and fear you conquer failure. Thoughts crystallize into habit and habit solidifies into circumstances.Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man.

My brush with INDIRA GANDHI


On 1st. of January 1978 I joined Rediffusion Advertising. Not the Rediffusion you see now, famous with the baggage from the dot.com days. Rediffusion: striving, lean , thin and hungry. Modled much in the line of the then famous advertising agency Doyle Dane Bernbach. Rediffusion was started and run by B School graduates of IIM. […]

STEVE JOBS : THE BUDDHIST


His name is Biblical. Connected to Job the central character of the Book of Job in the Hebrew Bible and a prophet of God. His logo the Apple is inadvertently connected to biblical Eve . Yet Steve chose to be a Buddhist. India woke up to a world without Steve Jobs. His company, Apple, has […]

Susan Sontag : Question of Knowledge


Very few of us have heard of Susan Sontag. I was introduced to her by Father Gaston Roberge in the class on Film Appreciation at St. Xavier’s College. Roberge introduced us to her Essay On Photography (1977). Sontag professed  that the evolution of modern technology has changed the viewer. She calls this the emergence of […]

José Saramago….the saga of Allegories


José Saramago died on 18th June 2010. Ater several months in hospital, Saramago returned home in February  to a hectic schedule. The adaptation of Blindness, by Brazilian film-maker Fernando Meirelles, opened  in UK cinemas. Saramago attended a private preview in Lisbon. For the past 15 years, José Saramago lived with his journalist wife,Pilar del Ríothe  […]

Bertolt Brecht,Threepenny Opera and Tin Paisar Pala


Playwright, poet and lyricist Bertolt Brecht was among the most controversial figures ever to impact musical theater; an avowed Marxist, he worked to create one of the most provocative bodies of work ever staged.

Nalanda where Xuan Zang studied Buddhism


The grand vision of resurrecting the ancient international glories of Nalanda University may take some time to fulfil as ambitions are being tailored to current financial limitations, admitted Noble Laureate,Amartya Sen, chairman of the Nalanda Mentor Group. Nalanda was violently destroyed in an Afghan attack , led by the ruthless conqueror, Bakhtiyar Khilji, in 1193, […]

My introduction to Sven Hedin and Trans Himalaya


Sven Hedin was a Swedish explorer and geographer whose investigations in Tibet and western China made him one of the most eminent explorers of Asia.My introduction to  Hedin was through his book Trans Himalaya which was in my father’s Library.  The most outstanding and attractive  part of the book was one large panoramic view in […]

I was introduced to Lucian Blaga by my friend Roxanna


Lucian Blaga is all over . Till recently he was an unknown poet until a friendof mine from Romania,Roxanna introduced me to him. Then suddenly I found everybody quoting him and I followed suit…..and then with a few weeks he was in The Telegraph.. newspaper of Calcutta. Roxanna quoted him often…… Melancolie Un vânt răzleţ […]

Karl Marx and how he influenced me


Thanks to the crisis of neo-liberalism, Karl Marx is en vogue again. I was introduced to him by my friend Sanjay Nigam, when I was 14 and studying in school. Sanjay’s father a Linguist was then in USSR. He emphasized that Karl Marx was an Economist and not a politician.He empasised that the worker becomes […]

Satyajit Ray and the Calcutta Triology


Satyajit Ray began his career with the poetic ‘Apu Trilogy,’ made between 1955 and 1959 as the study of a young man’s attempt to find himself and come to terms with the eternal conditions of life and its two opposite poles: love and death. Three of Ray’s films made between 1970 and 1971 in effect […]