Faces | Plabita Borthakur

I believe any good story portrayed interestingly makes a good movie. But I do believe in types, not for the filmmaker to look out for, but for when I want to watch a film. I often feel like watching realistic stories and beautiful narrations but sometimes I also feel like watching slapstick comedies, thriller or silly rom-coms depending on my mood.  Continue reading Faces | Plabita Borthakur

The Re-envisioning of Electronic Music | Shantanu Singh

This responsibility to deliver, yet again, the promise of Electronic music as the ‘future music’ is incumbent upon the innovators, producers, listeners and musicians who want to be etched into the ever developing archaeology of Electronic music. And the question here goes beyond mere technicalities of ‘who is doing what’ – it’s a question of when that ‘what’ is different from the rest.

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The Left, The Right and The Ugly: The Force Awakens | Sujoy Sur

Since the Biblical figure of Jesus, barring John Ball, there have been many people who have advocated against the tyranny of the few leading to the oppression of the many. The two most famous of them being Adam Smith and Karl Marx. Smith, a professor in Moral Philosophy, propagated that men are the best judge of themselves, which includes their ability to sell their skill and labor. Continue reading The Left, The Right and The Ugly: The Force Awakens | Sujoy Sur

Anti-Intellectualism in American & Indian Life | Ramachandra Guha

The parallels with contemporary India are striking. Narendra Modi’s victory in 2014 has emboldened the Hindutva core to launch a full-fledged attack on independent-minded scholars and writers. Their language is far more crude than the Republicans of 1950s America; but the essence of their characterization, or dismissal, is the same. Instead of ‘pretentious, conceited, effeminate, and snobbish’ they use ‘libtard, Aaptard, sickular, 10 Janpath bootlicker, toadie of the Italian waitress’, etc. Continue reading Anti-Intellectualism in American & Indian Life | Ramachandra Guha

Slavery in India: No Road to Freedom | Swagat Baruah

We must not hold onto vacuous optimism for there is nothing to be optimistic about. We must not rest our hopes in our future for it cannot exist without us mending our ways and we must not delegate this task unto the posterity for the history of caste system tells us that it existed as a norm in the past, spun out as an abnormality in the recent past and is now still a complete norm.  Continue reading Slavery in India: No Road to Freedom | Swagat Baruah

Total Football Philosophy and the AFC Ajax of 1970s (Part 1) | Shantanu Singh

Elsewhere and some 15 years before the final, Willy Meisl, a football writer, had written a book called the Soccer Revolution. Quite the football futurist’s letter to the world, he had argued through the book that the modern game would be a spectacle where the defenders would know how to attack and the attackers would know how to defend. This, to him, was the revolution to come in the world of football. Continue reading Total Football Philosophy and the AFC Ajax of 1970s (Part 1) | Shantanu Singh