ON READING SRI AUROBINDO: BLINDNESS, INSIGHT, OUTLOOK AND A PERSPECTIVE

Sri Aurobindo needs to be read and those possibilities of reading never should be taken for granted. No amount of prescription could lead one to the truth of the text. All reading calls for a verification of the text against oneself and other texts.

This is an initial outline for perspective and should not be misjudged as a finality: that would amount to mistaking the map for the territory.… More ON READING SRI AUROBINDO: BLINDNESS, INSIGHT, OUTLOOK AND A PERSPECTIVE

An Afterward to Poetry (From The East Facing Shop and other poems,2010)

Where is the silence we sense when we split the sesame seed? Where is the tang and taste of unripe mangoes that leave no trace? Where is the earthy brown of the tamarind fruit? Where is the makolam that decorates the portals of our finite destinies? And yet the poet and artist fiddles around with words and images. With emptiness for company in the darkness at noon. Which side of happiness are we?… More An Afterward to Poetry (From The East Facing Shop and other poems,2010)

Nature without Borders

Recognising the interlink between culture and conservation MURALI SIVARAMAKRISHNAN Book Review in the Hindu dated 20th January 2015 NATURE WITHOUT BORDERS: Edited by Mahesh Rangarajan, M.D. Madhusudan, Ghazala Shahabuddin; Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd., 1/14, Asaf Ali Road, New Delhi-110002. Rs. 595. Nature is apparently quite simple and at the same time equally complex. To understand… More Nature without Borders

Of Kissing and Moral Policing

What is there if two willing people get to embrace and kiss in public? Why should it cause offence to the others? And anyway why should the other get involved? Why not learn to turn a blind eye as we often do when we see two animals coupling in public? Is a public kiss that offending? Why this dramatic emergence of a Hanuman Sena all of a sudden? Our social mores are so stilted and ossified that there is hardly any sensitivity when genuine issues crop up. We have been repressed into subhuman beings never to respond to those subtle issues: we have been taught to turn a blind eye to all and everything except ourselves. And now all of a sudden our moral insides are churning when two people embrace and kiss. But then, we need to pause a little here and reconsider the issue a little more in depth.… More Of Kissing and Moral Policing