Category Archive: From the Heart

AN OPEN LETTER TO FELLOW WRITERS from Rahman Abbas

The social and political scenario of our beloved country is worsening with every passing day. Right wing forces have polarized nation in the name of religion, caste and ethnicity for political gains. Dissent is systematically crushed and rational thinkers and writers are threatened and brutally killed in broad daylight.

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Bharatiya… Hum Bhi Hai… “Jana Gana Mana” sung by Hijras

The idea behind this video is to show that just like Indian men and women, Indian Hijras too have the right to choose an employment which fits their talent, skill and passion.

Border Anthems – Dedicated to our grandparents

67 years ago, India and Pakistan were born amidst the chaos of the Partition. An artificial border was drawn between two countries that used to be one land.
These are their Border Anthems.

Learning Hindi in Paris

The world turned azure, and amidst boozy banter and the ruffling of denim, you were there, alone, bidding the night farewell.

Keshav Lal and Soni Bai Waghini

Keshav Lal has worked with legendary composers such as Laxmikant Pyarelal and makers like V. Shantaram . Fate bought him to streets of Pune where he lived with his wife and together they… Continue reading

This is Not Cricket : Feature length documentary project

In Rome, two friends are rebuilding their undefeated cricket team that broke up due to  pressure from social and religious issues… Support the project Italian Director Jacopo de Bertoldi graduated in philosophy from Ca’… Continue reading

Yashar, My Hero

Joobin Bekhrad is the Founder and Editor of REORIENT, as well as the Co-Founder of artclvb, an online platform for contemporary Middle Eastern art. He is also the author of a new translation… Continue reading

The artist couple

The artist couple Meenakshi J. and Jey sushil have been painting at people’s houses, schools, jails and walls involving them in the creative process. They feel it’s a kind of relational art where… Continue reading

Istanbul: the western end of Eurasia

Prof. Ajay Patnaik is a senior academic at the School of International Studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University. He can be contacted at patnaik.ajay[at}gmail.com. There are many definitions of Eurasia. This author mostly had… Continue reading

All India Bakchod ‘Roasted’

Anubhav Sinha is noted film producer & director. He blogs at http://benarasi-babu.blogspot.in/. I am not writing this because like most I must have an opinion too regarding AIB ROAST. I am writing this… Continue reading

Film-maker Luc Besson’s open letter to young French Muslims

Charlie Attackers Are Not Your Brothers, says noted film-maker Luc Besson to young French Muslims. Courtesy: DEADLINE My brother, if you knew how badly I hurt for you today, you and your beautiful religion… Continue reading