Category Archives: Culture

Walk The Talk

VENKATESH GOVINDARAJAN I visualise sometimes, at the risk of being immodest, when by dint of honest hard work, patience and perseverance, I may get well-deserved recognition — national or global — and, accolades to go with it. I may be invited to speak to an open audience — youngsters and coevals — about ‘myself.’ Speaking […]

Trouble Is Like Mercury

VENKATESH GOVINDARAJAN The Mercury Retrograde and the associated disruption of transportation and communication equipment/device — and, ah, the foiling of travel plans. Some call it hogwash as Darwinians would label creationism; some believe in it truly and thoroughly as one would have trusted Rahul ‘The Wall’ Dravid to bat through the most challenging of conditions […]

Sophie’s Wisdom

MASOOMA SAKRIWALA She is charismatic to the core. Her pleasant smile is just as mesmeric. She sported a warm namaste just as much her brightly shining eyes expressed her humanist quintessence to every student at Sophia College for Women, Mumbai. Mrs Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Canada’s First Lady and the charming wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sculpted […]

There’s Beauty In Everything

  MASOOMA SAKRIWALA “Oh, look at that rag-picker, he’s so ‘stinky’ and shabby.” “See that woman’s face, it’s scarred. She looks so terrible.” “That lady’s albinism gives me the chills.” “He’s so stupid I’m making fun of his looks and he doesn’t even understand.” “That boy’s dark circles are so deep; I can bury someone in […]

Goodness Exemplified

VENKATESH GOVINDARAJAN The Foundation of Goodness was set up by Kushil Gunasekera in 1999. It provides essential services to his ancestral village of Seenigama, Sri Lanka, and beyond. Gunasekera is ably supported by a dedicated Board of Trustees and a committed team, based in Seenigama and Colombo — all working together with villagers and donors to […]