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Pratilipi»कथा / Fiction » The Crowd at the Junction: Mridula Koshy

Good Read.

The first part of this as-yet-unnamed novel is the story of Annakutty, a woman living in Kerala, who relinquishes her four-year-old son to tourists passing through town. The story is told many decades later from her deathbed. Part two tells the story of the boy, who is now a man, living in the US Midwest. I am interested in this woman and her son and the circumstances of their lives because all of it makes for a good story. But I am more interested still in the way in which we make sense of our lives through imagining what the future holds for us and through imagining what the past held for us.

The terrifying work of imagining the future falls to Annakutty and, to her son, the work of wrestling with a past that is made hellish by its opacity. Writing this book has also been interesting for letting me inhabit two places – rural Kerala and small-town US Midwest – both places I have had little exposure to. I allow myself the curiosity of wondering whether people in different places organize their thinking about life, sex, culture, etc. differently.

Newspaper Reading In Mumbai

prempanix:


An Indian energy major and modern technology have combined to bring about a revolution in two districts of Rajasthan that were infamous due to the scarcity of potable water. Thanks to water ATMs, many otherwise arid villages here have 24X7 access to the commodity at the swipe of a card - at 20 litres for Rs.5.
Under Cairn India’s “Jeevan Amrit Project”, kiosks with reverse osmosis (RO) plants have been installed to provide safe drinking water in villages like Bhakharpur, Kawas, Guda, Jogasar, Aakdada and Baytu to benefit 22,000 people.

That is 22,000 people most of whom must have walked miles, pots balanced on head and waist, to fetch enough water to survive for another day.
This is the kind of “development” that brings a smile to the face.

prempanix:

An Indian energy major and modern technology have combined to bring about a revolution in two districts of Rajasthan that were infamous due to the scarcity of potable water. Thanks to water ATMs, many otherwise arid villages here have 24X7 access to the commodity at the swipe of a card - at 20 litres for Rs.5.

Under Cairn India’s “Jeevan Amrit Project”, kiosks with reverse osmosis (RO) plants have been installed to provide safe drinking water in villages like Bhakharpur, Kawas, Guda, Jogasar, Aakdada and Baytu to benefit 22,000 people.

That is 22,000 people most of whom must have walked miles, pots balanced on head and waist, to fetch enough water to survive for another day.

This is the kind of “development” that brings a smile to the face.

Indian stock

One of the secrets of the taste of the taste of food in a Kerala toddy shop is the use of stock. Unlike what is cooked in regular Indian homes, the toddy shops make their own stock from all the offals and other unused stuff and prepare the special ingredient that makes a big difference

Real flowers for Lord Ganesha. The subtle fragrances of these flowers slipped through the smell of the Dadar market which has to be experienced to be believed. Meanwhile, plastic flowers seem to be favored these days for Ganesha (cheaper and reusable) but they have no scent. My neighbourhood pandal has a song to match the plastic flowers. They had a bhajan that was song to the tune of Lungi Dance waking up everybody early on a Sunday morning. It Reminded me of the name of band from the Cold War era from Czechoslovakia called Plastic People and their Universe. A name as apt for our age as well as the one it was named after.

Real flowers for Lord Ganesha. The subtle fragrances of these flowers slipped through the smell of the Dadar market which has to be experienced to be believed. Meanwhile, plastic flowers seem to be favored these days for Ganesha (cheaper and reusable) but they have no scent. My neighbourhood pandal has a song to match the plastic flowers. They had a bhajan that was song to the tune of Lungi Dance waking up everybody early on a Sunday morning. It Reminded me of the name of band from the Cold War era from Czechoslovakia called Plastic People and their Universe. A name as apt for our age as well as the one it was named after.

Emergent Africa : The Rise of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in Western Africa

Alone - The New Yorker

Non one writes about loneliness without making it depressing like Yiyun Li.

thevisualstories:

The Democratic Photographic Republic of India is a project that celebrates the democracy in photography craft that is seen today. The subject of this project are the non-professional wedding photographers at Indian weddings. These photographers are essentially the guests at a wedding - the family and friends of the couple getting married. They are not the photographers who were commissioned to photograph the weddings. In fact, It was I who was commissioned to photograph these weddings, and in the course of these assignments I pursued this project on the sidelines.


I will be sharing  photographs from the series on my Instagram handle regularly. You can also see the evolving project gallery on my website http://nishantratnakar.com/portfolio/the-democratic-photographic-republic-of-india/


#india #weddings #photographers #people #VisualStoriesByNR #EmbeddedEyesByNR #DemocracyInPhotography #weddingphotography #vscofilm

thevisualstories:

The Democratic Photographic Republic of India is a project that celebrates the democracy in photography craft that is seen today. The subject of this project are the non-professional wedding photographers at Indian weddings. These photographers are essentially the guests at a wedding - the family and friends of the couple getting married. They are not the photographers who were commissioned to photograph the weddings. In fact, It was I who was commissioned to photograph these weddings, and in the course of these assignments I pursued this project on the sidelines.


I will be sharing  photographs from the series on my Instagram handle regularly. You can also see the evolving project gallery on my website http://nishantratnakar.com/portfolio/the-democratic-photographic-republic-of-india/


#india #weddings #photographers #people #VisualStoriesByNR #EmbeddedEyesByNR #DemocracyInPhotography #weddingphotography #vscofilm

Playgrounds of Mumbai