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Camus’ ‘The Plague’, a podcast and some thoughts about religion

For last 100 days, I am living in the shadow of epidemic. What exactly is this shadow? Part of this shadow, a small part, is death. For my age, the threat of death is not large. The great part of the shadow is possible agony of being helpless if I or my dear ones must access the health facilities. From what neighborhood WhatsApp and Social media gossip is, the hospital bed is new elite consumption. It is only one’s access to influence that can fetch a Covid-19 patient in my town a hospital bed in my town. Patients are being admitted to hospitals in other towns, sometimes 60 or more km away. Relatives often have to frantically call hospital after hospital, seek any outlet for help, all the while worrying about prospect of the patient. Possibility of this experience is the great part of the shadow. The remaining part is the boredom induced by being stuck at home.             Plague is not really a great metaphor for Covid-19. Covid-19 is far too less lethal than what Plague was. But we
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The binary auto wallah and the escapist

This is the conversation I heard between two auto-rickshaw drivers who were just fooling around. One of them have made a negative remark about other, say B.  B: Your name will be put in the NRC list. And then you will be standing on the Pakistan border.  A: I have all the documents. How will I be on the NRC?  B: Anyone who is not with us is against us. And anyone who is against us will be on NRC.  An onlooker, C, who was standing and listening to this exchange nearby jumped in discussion, asking A about how right it is to beat the students. (The incident has occurred previous night.)  A: It is a quarrel between left and ABVP regarding registration. Left has shut down the sever. ABVP made it work. Left closed it again.  C: But who were the masked ones?  A: The masked ones came later.  I had to leave the lively scene for livelihood reasons. Yet, I cannot forget the striking piece of conversation. Why?  1. The binary notion of ‘us’ and ‘them’ and extent of hatred expressed e

Too much of an individualism?

For last two years or so, I am watching serials, more than movies. It started from GOT, and now I am really hooked up. I look forward to what I am going to watch in my homeward train journey. I typically watch episode or two daily.  On the day, when I don't have to travel and work, I watch more episodes.  I was watching 'Transparent' because I read about it in one of the articles that was discussing shows for LGBTQ+. I watched it mainly for how it has treated the sexuality. The sex scenes are like toppings, they attract, but they can't retain viewers to the series unless they are backed by a captivating storyline.  'Transparent' is not the series I will typically watch. I do not like serieses where an individual's messed up decision making is the concurrent theme. Most likely these messed up individuals are sufficiently rich and that's what makes their messing up visually beautiful and consequences stay mostly emotional.  'Transparent' is no

It's about that time

It’s about that time the Sun went down And city woke up to illuminating darkness  It rained that evening  And through drenched clouds,  Wind sang an eulogy for time That sublimated, brick by brick  In the towers that rule the world now.  It’s about time when dozen of the last birds flew over a broken home Their wings spread through contours of memories  Chanting the hymn to erase the marks of hungry past  It’s about time when the last of dusty roads Kissed the goodbye to nameless flowers  And burned them all in aimless tar. 

Porn in Patna

A : See, the news item says that in Patna, most of the users used Rail wi-fi to watch porn. B: See! See!! A: What? B: First, there is railway and wi-fi everywhere in India, even in Patna! Prabhu, tussi great ho. Second, if Nitish hasn't banned alcohol despite the deep cultural tradition that prefers inebriation of Bhakti that strikes all vices, people wouldn't have turned to Porn. You see, the power of Sanskar and vengeance of sanskar over those who forget our roots!! Third, mobiles are everywhere, that's the basis of JAM, which is the basis of financial revolution waiting in the wing. Forth, the Vatsayana and Konark temple are from this land and you liberal moron, were saying these are days of moral policing. You still say so? A: I guess my vision is now illuminated my multiple meanings that I never saw. B: Yea. Sages have already said it my friend. It's called अमेध्यादपि काञ्चनम्! A: जय हो! जय हो!! http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analys

The Stench

      There was a small town. Town head used to live in a villa at the one end of the town. The villa was really awesome, everyone used to say to each other. Yet, everyone knew that no other place in town has most acrid stench than the villa. Because the villa had drainage nullah flowing next to it. As one can predict, those who lived in villa had a wall built around the nullah, so no one ever saw it. The room fresheners were regularly used to ward off the stench. Yet, the nullah has a strange property that whenever there was a party or some official function in the villa, disgusting stench will pervade the villa. Since villa belong to the town head, no one really said anything, but everybody smelled it.         As it happens, there was new chirpy lad in the town who started saying that town head must be a dumb one since he allows the stench to emerge from the pathetic nullah. Town people were really surprised at the courage shown by the new lad. They started finding him at  everyw

Mark Tully and Satish Jacob’s ‘Amritsar’

I found this book browsing books available under ‘Kindle Unlimited’. There is one huge disappointment, which I faced first time about kindle books. This book has numerous font and spelling mistakes. It seems that a draft and not the final version have been released under kindle limited.             Mark Tully has maintained a flowing narrative throughout the book. The narrative touches briefly the history of Sikhs. The emergence of Bhidranwale and the role played by India Gandhi and Akali Dal and Congress leadership in assisting this emergence is quite well explored, though the rigour of exploration is of a journalist and not of an academic. The book came in 1986, 2 years after operation blue star, which suggests that Tully and Satish Jacob (both are authors of this book) were working briskly to complete their project. Times of India is most cited reference. For me, it is hard to believe that Times of India can serve such serious purpose.             I have earlier read K.S. Bra