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A ride for Safe Food

Last weekend I was part of a campaign which was going against the use of GMOs, pesticides, and the use of harmful chemicals in the production of food. We cycled a distance of around 10kms in the city, stopping along the way and talking to people and asking them to support the movement. The cycle rally was organized by India for Safe Food, which is a movement amongst Indian farmers, the consumers and the government to make sure that everyone has access to safe, poison-free food.

Click here to read my article about the event, the movement, and the demands we’re making of the Union Agriculture Minister and the government.

Set for the Ride

 

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The Paradigm

This semester in college, as part of our Indian Literature course we’re reading many Bhakti poems among many other things. It has been extremely interesting as I do know a few songs by Kabir and Mira, and I’ve always sung or heard them without really knowing what they mean. Also, I had never really stopped and wondered about what kind of people Kabir or Mira might have been, and reading their poems in class, we discussed these questions and more.

Here is a poem by a famous Tamil Bhakti poet, Nammalvar, addressed to Lord Vishnu.
What I really love about this poem is the fact that possibly everything one can think of as existing or non-existing, living or dead in this world or in our heads, is enclosed within these lines. Each time I read it, I try to think of something that wouldn’t fit under these categories, but it seems impossible.

The Paradigm

We here and that man, this man,
and that other in-between,
and that woman, this woman,
and that other, whoever,

those people, and these,
and these others in-between,
this things, that thing,
and this other in-between, whichever,

all things dying, these things,
those things, those others in-between,
good things, bad things,
things that were, that will be,

being all of them,
he stands there.

by Nammalvar
Translated by AK Ramanujan


Food blogging

And here’s my next article! This article came out a few days a back, but I never got down to putting it up on the blog.
This is a feature about three Bangalore-based food bloggers, why they love blogging, and how their journeys have been, and of course,  Food!

Click here to read!


Swarathma’s ‘Topiwalleh’

This post has been collecting dust in my draft box.

Almost a week back, Swarathma, an Indian folk-rock band performed in Bangalore, and it was a brilliant brilliant show! I always try to catch their shows in the city. The music, the energy, the lyrics, and the sounds are always so lively! I usually never listen to Hindi songs, and don’t listen to Kannada songs either (the language in which this band sings), but somehow I’ve taken a deep liking to the songs they sing. I’m not very good at Hindi, and neither in Kannada, but the feelings the songs evoke are many.
Right now, Swarathma is launching their second album ‘Topiwalleh’ and they’re doing a tour around India, and they’re half way through. Tomorrow they play in Mysore!

Vasu Dixit, Swarathma

The first time I ever listened to Swarathma was about two years back at the Hard Rock cafe here in Bangalore, and I was mind-blown by their energy and performance. I hadn’t even heard a recording of any of their songs before that, and I had no clue what that evening had in store for me. After watching the six of them play live, listening to their songs on Youtube, or on the computer was nothing like listening live, clapping and moving and jumping to their music, right there with them.

Pavan Kumar on percussion, Swarathma

However, some of their songs I listen to over and over.
Here are a few songs with good recordings on Youtube:
Pyaasi:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCii9Pmjxho
Duur Kinarahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR9H5iZ-l1I

Here’s a site with some of their other songs.
Here, I’d recommend: Pyaar ka rang, Sur mera, Patte Saare and Ee Bhoomi.
http://www.in.com/music/swarathma/songs-52957.html

Oh, and I almost forgot. My next article was about their concert in Bangalore.
Click here to read my article and get a sense of what their concert was like!

Enjoy!



They danced all day

On the 29th of April, it was World Dance Day. Another intern (my classmate) and I went to the Alliance Francaise here in Bangalore, and were there the whole day, covering the event! All the dances performed were Indian Classical
dances and they were beautiful! The event started at 10, and went on till 10 that night!
We did a whole detailed write up about the event, but due to some delay, the article did not get published on time, and by the time it did get published, the info wasn’t as relevant. This event however, did get published in the magazine, and not everything under the sun does!
Below are a few pictures I took.

Click on the link below to see what we managed to get published online, and it has a few more I took pictures (not my best!).

Click here to view: http://bangalore.citizenmatters.in/articles/view/4132-world-dance-day-at-alliance

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Dance form: Kathak

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Dance form: Bharathanatyam


My first published article

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This summer, I’m doing a six-week internship at Citizen Matters (Bangalore) and here’s my first article. This got published a week back. Citizen Matters is a Bangalore based citizen oriented news magazine which encourages citizens to write for citizens. This internship is a compulsory part of the three-year Communications course I’m doing.
I’m enjoying and I’m learning a lot, researching, speaking to a lot of new people, and always trying to write about things that both interest me, and hopefully will be of interest to the readers. I also see this as a chance for me to learn about Bangalore, and what’s happening here wheather it’s social, cultural, environmental or political.

Two weeks over, and four more to go!

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