Death by Mango

My mother's doctor died. He knew he was on his way out, so he admitted himself to the hospital where he spent saving or easing lives consoling the old and infirm,

Ink Between my Swollen Fingers

A sad small affair Goes past In the street — men and women And budding generations Ferry along In a disenchanted cluster Merrymaking With old folk songs, timidly whining from a brand new tape recorder.

Jackfruit Season

The clouds leak constantly. I imagine someone doing laundry up in the sky, trying to wash dark smudges from the rain clouds, wringing them dry into white fluff once again. The clouds have no shame. They weep constantly, not caring that all eyes are turned towards them.
A Neelgai Tale, JNU

A Nilgai Tale in the Jawaharlal Nehru University

There are whole herds of nilgai which have made the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus their home. Everyone who lives there must have seen a nilgai at least once, but no one knows much about them. Such a nilgai could be seen sunning itself outside the library or chewing cud behind a bristly bush.
Rohith Vemula_Hyderabad Central University

Rohith Vemula’s Impossible Journey

It would not be wrong to say that today a spectre is haunting India, the spectre of Rohith Vemula. What Rohith was unable to do in life, his spectre has come to do in death. It haunts honourable ministers and prime minister alike; it is the rallying point around which gathers and revolves the nationwide student’s movement of 2016. His return after death as a symbol of the caste discrimination millions of Indians suffer daily has come to haunt the dreams of the powerful.

When Moonje Met Mussolini

While M.S. Golwalkar is the better known ideologue of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS, Dr. B.S. Moonje was no less influential in the formation of the ethos of militant Hindu nationalism. A brilliant ophthalmologist who discovered a new way of treating cataract, he was the head of the Hindu Mahasabha from 1927 to 1937, when he was succeeded by V.D. Savarkar. He was a close friend and mentor of Hegdewar as well. After attending the Second Round Table Conference in England in 1931
Jawaharlal Nehru University Ambassador, JNU row, Anti national slogans

The University with an Immortal Ambassador

Such an imagined land might as well be the abode of idle lotus eaters, or the dwelling place of ferocious sexual fiends, with a propensity for red meat with their alcohol, and a fervent dedication to various modes of family planning. Sandwiched between the realms of fanciful imagination and mundane reality, the Jawaharlal Nehru University exists almost proverbially, like the folk song, it never was new, and it never gets old.
4th phase of the J&K Assembly Elections

That Woman from Azad Kashmir

Lest I be censured for misleading the reader, she was not from that Azad Kashmir--which is better known as Pakistan administered Kashmir. She was perhaps only going that way. She was however, from Srinagar--one that wanted azadi.