This is a story that I once heard as a child growing up in Manipur. Told to me by a friend who heard it from someone else. Once upon a time, a man was travelling alone in the forest. He had been walking for a few days and he still seemed to be in the … Continue reading Three Wishes: Be careful of what you think!
A short drive away from Amritsar runs the India-Pakistan border. The border drawn to create the two modern nations of India and Pakistan cuts through Punjab, the land of five rivers. There have been many stories about how the international lines ran through fields, villages and even houses. The stretch is now demarcated by barbwire … Continue reading Amritsar: A tour of ‘nationalism’ – The spectacle at Wagah
Amritsar – a place that I had long been hoping to visit. The long awaited trip finally happened this year. It was a short weekend visit within which we managed to cramp some of the predictable highlights of a first visit. Yes, I am sure if I had spent more time or a had planned … Continue reading Amritsar: A tour of ‘nationalism’ – Central Sikh Museum @ Sri Harmandir Sahib
Joyce penned the words ‘here comes everybody’. Holquist darkly reiterates it to describe 1917 Russia when no one was spared as spectator. Reading Bakhtin’s Rabelais and His World, I watch the Republic Day parade after a gap of several years on the national broadcasting DDK with Gargantua’s bellowing laughter ringing in the back of my … Continue reading Here comes the nation
She had a round face with a smiling countenance. She came dressed in a glittering potloi but later changed into a phanek wrap. She had hands that always remained stretched out but she had no legs. Her home was made of bamboo strips woven together. Every night, she retired into it with all her belongings. She … Continue reading Ita laiphadibi, a young girl’s companion