University Garba 2019!

Pandemic has taken its toll, missing Navratri celebrations, Garba dance and festivities this year. Nostalgia over Navratri 2019!

Stand-Up Comedy: A gendered art!

Stand-Up Comedy and it’s Gendered nature.

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London’s Hyde Park has always had a ‘Speaker’s Corner’ where anyone could stand up and present a monologue. In the nineties when we first visited London we came across this corner by chance and heard a very interesting political commentary by a young man who had a very large audience in splits of laughter! The Indian Express recently carried a newspaper report from the New York Times on the Australian stand-up comedian Hannah Gadsby. Her stand-up show, Nanette, was apparently creating waves. The show is now available on Netflix and we watched it. It made a great impression on me, for her boldness, her approach to gender and capacity to tell a story of discrimination of the LGBT community with humour and a dramatic punch.

Stand-up Comedy has been around since the beginning of civilization I suppose. But I got introduced to this form of art recently. Yes, it is…

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Work From Home Companions: Stress reliever!

Today is Mental Health Day, October 10th. While this is a serious issue, today there is need to emphasize stress relief when many of us are cooped up at home. One of my stress relieving activities is yoga as I discussed in my last post 'Yoga, yoga asana and the art of relaxing'. It's been … Continue reading Work From Home Companions: Stress reliever!

‘How A Cooperative Of Dairy Farmers Kept The Rivers Of Milk Flowing In Uncertain Times?’

In an earlier post I had written a story of the creator of the cooperative dairy union AMUL in India. "Verghese Kurien (1921-2012) is considered the Father of the White Revolution in India. He is also known as the ‘Milkman of India’. He was responsible for moving India from a milk powder importing country to … Continue reading ‘How A Cooperative Of Dairy Farmers Kept The Rivers Of Milk Flowing In Uncertain Times?’

Calvin’s Wardrobe and Mine

I started writing this blog Unni-Verse in 2016 and the first post I wrote was titled 'Worldly Wardrobe Woes'. I was at my daughter's place in Chicago and reflecting on my sense of traditional/ethnic wear and the Western choice of clothes. Today I came across this Calvin and Hobbes cartoon in the newspaper and was … Continue reading Calvin’s Wardrobe and Mine

Mary Barton: Trials and Tribulations of the English Working Class

Mary Barton is a novel by Elizabeth Gaskell written in 1848. It is the story of the English working class, represented by John Barton and his daughter Mary Barton, in the city of Manchester during the period 1839 and 1842. Elizabeth Gaskell paints a very real picture of the life, trails and tribulations of the … Continue reading Mary Barton: Trials and Tribulations of the English Working Class

The Golden Rule: Value of Silence versus Speaking up on Mental Health

The Golden Rule: Value of Silence versus Speaking up on Mental Health. While 'maintaining silence' may have been a culture of the older generation, the millennial seems to wear their emotions on their sleeves. The minute to minute expression of thought, love, hope, despair, elation, the mundane on open sites for all ‘friends’ to see and read, is the new way of life. Does this help to maintain a mental balance?

Crisis within a Crisis: Domestic Migration in India: Recording of a Webinar

Webinar Recording on Crisis within a Crisis: Domestic Migration in India: We always knew that there are a large number of migrants in our cities. In Gujarat, Surat in particular is seen as a city of migrants. However, this became apparent during the COVID19 crisis when the media started to report large scale migration of workers from the cities to their homes.

Unlock 1.0 Humour: Our Trishanku Heaven

After three months of lockdown, with compulsory stay-at-home and Work From Home rules, we have finally entered the phase of Unlock. I had posted one major event of Unlock 1 on my travel blog, the safe passage of two of our students to their home states. https://unnilogstravel.wordpress.com/2020/06/28/unlock-1-0-leaving-on-a-jet-plane/ With Unlock 1.0 we continue in Trishanku Swargam … Continue reading Unlock 1.0 Humour: Our Trishanku Heaven