Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Art of Good Writing - Tips from the Mahabharata - A Story

Writing Tips from the Mahabharata
The Art of Good Writing - Tips from the Mahabharata (Image Source: Pixabay)
"You know, there is something for everyone in this book", the Old Man said pointing toward the copy of Penguin's translation of the Mahabharata by Bibek Debroy, I was holding in my hand, in front of Religion section of the Dyal Singh Public Library.

Monday, October 16, 2017

18+ Awe-Inspiring Mughal Paintings

Farrukh Beg Mughal Painting
Babur Receives a Courtier by Farrukh Beg (Circa: 1580-85)
It was my uncle who introduced me to the magical world of Mughal art. He, at that point of time, was working at the Red Fort, Delhi. Since then, I have a childish dream of becoming an emperor, one day, and if not an emperor, at least an artist like Jahangir.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Behzad -- The Persian Painter Who Changed The Indian Art World

Battleground of Timur and and the Mamuluk Sultan (Circa 1515)
Kamāl ud-Dīn Behzād or Bihzad was a Persian painter and head of the royal ateliers in Herat and Tabriz during late Timurid and early Safavid dynasty. He was also associated with the first Mughal Emperor Babur for a brief period. However, despite brief association, he changed the Indian art scene.

9 Mesmerizing Miniature Paintings of Apabhramsa School of Art

Apabhramsa school or painting
Fourteen Dreams of Devananda Foretelling the Birth of Mahavira (Source: The MET)
The Apabhramsa School of Art or Jain School of Art or simply known as Western Indian School of Art is a predominant school of art in western India during 11th to 15th century. It grew as a reaction to the great mural paintings of Ajanta along with Pala school of art.

Friday, October 13, 2017

9 Beautiful Miniature Paintings of Pala School of Art

Pala school of Painting
White Tara: Folio from Ashthasahasrika Prajnaparamita Manuscript (Source: Met Museum)
India has a rich tradition of painting and so does the art of painting on palm leaves or paper. Some historians argue that art of painting on palm leaves or paper can be traced back to the times of Chandragupta Maurya, around 300 BCE, but earlier art could not survive the test of time due to several reasons. And that's why we don't find any trace of painting except great murals before 10th Century.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Swami Vivekanand on Hindu Muslim Conflict

Swami Vivekananda Quotes
Swami Vivekananda on Why We Disagree
I think this is the best time to read and analyze the works of Narendranath Datta, or more popularly known as the disciple of Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Swami Vivekananda.

I cannot confirm that young Narendranath, himself, witnessed any case of communal violence, but the time was no different from the present moment. There was an undefined tension in between Hindu and Muslim populace. The Hindu groups Arya Samaj and others were demanding for cow slaughter ban. Cow protection related violence was rising and main cause of the communal riots. The Government of India (then) was mum over the issue of cow vigilantism and were simply playing with those pro-Hindus and their demand of protecting cow (to divert the discussion from the demand of reforms). Meanwhile, people of India were dying.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Jobs are Dying and How to Save Them?

jobs are dying
Automation by Stiftelsen
On Saturday, 24th June 2017, during its 36th Annual General Meeting in Bangalore, the Indian IT giant Infosys issued a statement in cold, detached, emotionless manner informing that they have released a whopping eleven thousand full-time employees, thanks to the automation.

Furthermore, in a chilling manner, they said, "It is a clear demonstration of how software is going to play a crucial role in our business model."

Though, it is not a new thing in Indian job market. The major Indian companies like Wipro, Tata, Cognizant and others have started or planning to reduce staff in coming days.

However, this is not the real problem. As I know, this is bound to happen in near future. But the real problem is much bigger than this.

The problem, I am talking about is an ideological one. The one which only could be solved by the intervention of the Government, if they want.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Hello June

june poems
June By F. G. Sanders

While stumbling across the sea of pins, I found this baby. The one, which is above this text, June by F. G. Sanders. Though I didn't find anything about the poet, through which I can learn more about him (or maybe her). But I can say, he has captured the pleasing beauty of the month of June in very simplistic and heartfelt manner.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Jadav Payeng - The Forest Man of India

Jadav Payeng /Source: Forest Man/William D McMaster
At a moment, you are falling down, and at another moment, you want to move ahead. This is what happened to me for maybe one hundred sixty third time in these five months of this very year, already. But, today, I just panicked out of no reason, and this video helped me to restore my integrity.

Jadav Payeng, also known as the Forest Man of India, is not someone, you hear on daily basis. He is not someone who is arguing for the change sitting in air conditioned rooms. He is actually doing it, a bit by bit, a day by day.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Hunger By Jayanta Mahapatra [Analysis]

Hunger by Jayanta Mahapatra Poem Analysis
The Hands By Edvard Munch (Circa: 1893)
Hunger by Jayanta Mahapatra is one of the darkest, dreadful, and daring poems I have read in recent times. Originally published in 1976 as the part of the poem collection, A Rain of Rites, Hunger established Mahapatra as one of the superstar poets in the Indian English literature world. The poem explores the themes of the sex trade, poverty, and emotional vacuum. In Mahapatra's own word, "In “Hunger” I was writing from experience." But, he never commented, whether the protagonist was he, himself, or somebody else.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Hello May: 11 Interesting Facts About Month of May

Hello May/Source: Tumblr
There is a beautiful thing about May that you only notice when you open your window and look at the tree standing tall in your garden (or you can go to a public park, if you don't have a tree and meanwhile you should plant a tree), how new leaves fill the gaps left by the old leaves, how a bud is becoming a flower, and how things are becoming new again. All in the month of May. There is a certain beauty about the month of May, which you might not witness yet. All I can say, go outside and explore. But meanwhile, you are on your computer, here are some interesting facts about the May.