In Turmoil: Layered tensions in the Holy Land

As we traversed the Holy Land of Israel we slowly began to feel the tensions beneath. My husband captured this beautifully in the poem that I post at the end of this post. Not having inherited such talent I write in prose of the various manifestations of the tensions beneath. Along the road to Nazareth in North … Continue reading In Turmoil: Layered tensions in the Holy Land

#MeToo: In Institutions of Higher Education

    The courage of these women, part of the #MeToo movement, in media, in the movies and in the corporate sector, is admirable. They are coming out and talking about how they were humiliated, intimidated and told that their fledgling careers would be squashed. However, there have been a few criticisms of the #MeToo … Continue reading #MeToo: In Institutions of Higher Education

All Things Bright and Beautiful

On one of our periodic visits to the local bookstore Crossword I picked up a novel "The Signature of All Things" by Elizabeth Gilbert. It was from one of my favourite genre, with powerful woman characters, detailed and well researched themes. This time the theme of the story turned out to be botany! I never knew that the author … Continue reading All Things Bright and Beautiful

In India, local people bear the cost of high-profit mining ventures

While India has enacted progressive laws to protect the environment and indigenous tribal communities, the mining industry and financial capital are able to evade them with huge costs to the environment and tribal communities. Financial capital and the metal exchange systems in UK and USA combine to take away cultivable lands of the tribal communities … Continue reading In India, local people bear the cost of high-profit mining ventures

Of Orthodox Syrian Christian Heritage

I am a NRK, non-resident Keralite, as I was born in Kunnamkulam town, Kerala, but never really lived there. The only time I actually lived in Kerala was two years of my M.Phil course at CDS, Trivandrum. However, I spent all my summer holidays between Kunnamkulam and Irinjalakuda, both in Trissur. I have heard numerous … Continue reading Of Orthodox Syrian Christian Heritage