“Shh, walls have ears. Let’s take this elsewhere.” Ever been pulled away to a corridor or outdoors after hearing that admonishment? Ever thought, “This is silly. Who could be listening?” Ever wondered where the saying came from? Well, according to Dictionary.com, the old saying ‘ Walls have ears’ may have originated from a story about Dionysius of… Continue reading Shh, walls have ears. Phones do too!
On December 6, 1992, a large crowd of Hindu activists demolished the 16th century Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. The sounds of that demolition reverberated across India. Science through Newton’s law posits that every action has an opposite and equal reaction. Religion, too, propagates the same be it Judgment Day or the Law of… Continue reading The steep price Mumbai paid in 1993
Is India becoming an intolerant country? It’s a question that has been worrying me because I would hate to see India change from being a welcoming, accepting of all faiths, peace loving nation. To prevent the very threat of that change, it is becoming increasingly clear that all concerned Indians need to open the door to communal… Continue reading Open the door to communal harmony
There are two ways to raise your voice. One is in protest against injustice, intolerance and indifference. That matters because those who standby and keep quiet are as culpable as the perpetrators. The other way to raise your voice is by spreading awareness for alternative paths. That too matters because we desperately need to balance… Continue reading Voices to Cheer!
Last weekend I happened to watch the Walt Disney 2013 film Saving Mr. Banks. It’s a film that should be watched by all avid movie buffs but especially by those who were children in the 1960s. Why? Because Saving Mr. Banks will transport the children of the 60s back into a time of innocence!
A friend of mine, Nikhil Vaish, contacted me recently asking if I would help spread the good word on a project he is involved in with Bhumi, India’s largest youth volunteer organization. I asked Nikhil to send me a brief on the project and when he did, I was impressed by the material. So much… Continue reading The Height of Selfishness
Society conditions us to treat the physically and mentally challenged with compassion and courtesy. Rightly so because no matter what challenges they face, they deserve to be treated as people with dignity. We are also taught that the physically and mentally challenged need special handling as sometimes they express their pain through emotional outbursts. Again,… Continue reading When do you turn the other cheek?