A few months back, I watched the Tamil movie, Jai Bhim, a movie that narrated the struggle of Sengani, a woman from the Irular community in Tamil Nadu who takes on a legal fight against the Tamil Nadu police as she searches for her husband, Rajakannu, who is murdered in police custody over a false… Continue reading Jai Bhim, Justice Chandru, and a pleasant surprise
As we speak, several academics, poets, and activists - Varavara Rao, Hany Babu, Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bharadwaj (since given bail), Stan Swamy (who passed away) Gautam Navlakha, Anand Teltumbde, G. N. Saibaba - are/were languishing in Indian prisons simply because they raised their voices against injustice. The Indian state has wrongfully charged them under the… Continue reading Why Do You Fear My Way So Much?
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published The Communist Manifesto on 21 February 1848. Red Books Day celebrates radical books that inspire people's movements! Join us on Red Books Day on February 21, 2022 to mark the 174th anniversary of the publishing of the Communist Manifesto! For more information, check out https://redbooksday.org/ Last year, on 21 February… Continue reading Happy Red Books Day!
One of my favorite musicians, Tajmeel Sherif, singing an Ilaiyaraaja song is the musical version of a gentle breeze: Thendral in Tamil. When Tajmeel released this cover, I thought, well, this blog has a song 🙂 I miss Tamil. https://open.spotify.com/track/5Pj5jYUArvV4a4xIyx24zv?si=495493d922fb4536 Thendral Vanthu Ennai Thodum Thendral vanthu ennai thodum[A breeze is touching me]Aaha satham intri mutham… Continue reading A song on Thendral 🙂
It's late but we can always make a book list, right? Good Reads lets me document the books I read in a year. Of the books I read in 2020, I have some favorites - only because they taught me to think of the world in a different way, or articulated a feeling that I've… Continue reading A 2020 list: Books
As part of a Culture in Conversations series held at Western Carolina University (WCU), I had the opportunity to speak on the topic of gender violence in a panel session. It was a wonderful session and felt great to participate in the panel with these amazing speakers from WCU. Link to the full session here.… Continue reading Many Shades of Gender Violence and their Intersections
I’ve always wanted a blog titled Thendral. In Tamil, Thendral or தென்றல் means a gentle breeze. Like many others, I love the feeling of a light breeze as I walk by the sea or sit by a lake. Discovering a poem that nudges me to slow down or exploring an idea with tenderness are similar gentle… Continue reading Thendral