Category archives for Philosophy

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, […]

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 […]

Jorge Luis Borges,my father and the Book of Sand


Nirmal Chandra Kumar,my father, who died of cerebral stroke in 1978, aged 60, was a man who was an antiquarian and owned a rare bookshop in Calcutta , India. He was also among the greatest influences on a generation of artists, from filmmaker to fiction writers, folk musician to folk artist; actors to activists, writer […]

José Saramago … Blindness


Blindness….I just finished reading the book .It is the story of an unexplained mass epidemic of blindness afflicting nearly everyone in an unnamed city, and the social breakdown that swiftly follows. The novel follows the misfortunes of a handful of characters who are among the first to be stricken and centers around a doctor and […]

Deconstruction and Jaques Derida


My son Abhishek was once obsessed that I age fast to acquire a crown of white hair. That I grow old quickly so that I have white hair to resemble Jaques Derida. That I take up smoking pipes , a collection , which languished in my home, an inheritance from my father. All this because […]