Navrathri(Nine Nights)–(Part 2 /2)

Day 5: Rich Man Sabitri is sitting on the sofa (couch) looking at her smart phone. From outside there is a sound of car stopping in front of the house and children running around the car. Sabitri hears the sound and gets up and opens the door. A well-dressed Bengali Babu (gentleman) steps inside. Sabitri is pleasantly surprised…

Navrathri (“Nine Nights”) –(Part 1 /2)

Introduction: Navrathri, like Deepavali, is a popular Hindu festival, celebrated all over India. The way it is celebrated varies from region to region. In Eastern India it is performed as Durga Pooja, to celebrate the victory of Goddess Durga over evil forces. It is celebrated over nine nights and ten days. The tenth day, Vijayadasami,…

The Landlady

Dear reader, In this blog/story I have dealt with a specific Covid impact, which I believe is not getting enough attention in the midst of the various aspects of this pandemic. Rather than my usual direct blog style, I have structured it as a story. Though the story is set in the poorest section of…

And Miles to go Before you sleep…

Hello darling, my dear wife, my life, my princess, my child’s mom, When will you wake up? When will you get to read this letter? I promised to look after you for a lifetime and now I cannot even sit next to you and hold your hands! I remember vividly the first time we met,…

Kalki

“In order to deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of religion, I advent Myself millennium after millennium” – Bhagavad Gita Preface: I wrote this blog first in Thamizh, my mother tongue. I was concerned about writing in Thamizh after 50 years! I am happy that I…

The Dreamcatcher

Cast of Characters: (For the benefit of Non_Thamizh readers, since Thamizh names can be difficult to pronounce, and the way people are addressed is different from Indo-Aryan languages!) Manga (also referred to as Gangamma) – The protagonist of this story Madasamy – Manga’s husband Ganga – Their daughter Janaki (Janaki Mami, Mami) – Manga’s close…

Summer of ’65

Six decades ago, we grew up in a very different world from today. The term ‘Global’ meant very little to us. We grew up carefree in our own corner of the world; our culture, environment, habits, language and philosophy were defined by our where we were born and where we continued to live. I was…

loosing out to Facebook

A couple of weeks back, I cancelled my FB account in a heroic fashion, in protest against Zuckerberg’s cavalier attitude towards civil rights movements. However within a week I started making a cost vs benefits analysis. I realized that neither FB nor Zuckerberg really care about my quitting FB. His only reaction will be ‘who…

reflections from yet another protest

The country is vibrant now with the Black Lives Matter protest. I intentionally did not say protests. It is one protest in one voice by one nation, one world, one people. As I write this protestors have been marching for more than two weeks and crowds have only gotten bigger and more peaceful. Do protests…

The Day The Consciences Took A New Direction – Part 5. Epilogue

Link to Part 1: https://vasuvasudevan.wordpress.com/2020/04/22/the-day-the-consciences-took-a-new-direction-part-1/ Link to Part 2: https://vasuvasudevan.wordpress.com/2020/04/26/the-day-the-consciences-took-a-new-direction-part-2-thozhas/ Link to Part 3: https://vasuvasudevan.wordpress.com/2020/05/07/the-day-the-consciences-took-a-new-direction-part-3-turbulence/ Link to Part 4: https://vasuvasudevan.wordpress.com/2020/06/01/the-day-the-consciences-took-a-new-direction-part-4-kalki/ It was a somber group that met to pay their tribute to Yaane on the 25th anniversary of his sacrifice. An old and frail Bharathi was accompanied by her son, Dr. Kannadasan Bharathi. Some of…