Every year, for the media studies programme that I have been teaching for the last decade or so, i try and set assignments that get students thinking. The course, in addition to the syllabus, has documentary viewing, reading of select articles and projects. This year students had to read one
And it is done. The thirty day project. My way of reclaiming my life and interests, my friends and family, from ennui. When I started the project, I didn’t think I would be able to last the 30 days. Inertia is not so much about the body, as the mind.
When, on day 14, I wrote about Dr.Ambedkar and his words of freedom – a friend ( a real life friend) posted a recommendation – Read Bhimayana. And, JM is a person who knows my reading habits. He has, over the years, recommended a great many books that I have
Sita born of the earth, beloved daughter of Janaka – the name Janaki comes from there – princess of Videha (Vaidehi), wife of Rama, coveted by Ravana, Mother to Luv Kush. Abandoned wife. There are lots of ways of describing Sita. But, who was she? Was she the door mat
….Ravanayan by Virendra Mohanty (aka @vimoh) and Vivek Goel (teaser Art from “The Ravanayan”) Ravana is a fascinating character. A mass of contradictions. The Son of a Brahmin, he became the greatest warrior in the whole Universe conquering the Earth, the Heavens. He greatly loved his wives , yet he coveted Sita.
I have been, for long, a huge fan of Alan Moore -the British Comic writer – who has shaped the form that comics have taken since the 1980’s. The 1960’s and 1970’s were the time when comics in general, and super hero comics in particular were bright and cheesy –