On one of my visits to Varanasi long back, I went to the nearby Chunar Fort by sheer luck. It was my birthday and all I wanted from my parents was to go stare at a Fort’s ruins. Well, they smiled and agreed. They are awesome that way!
(S)He – Kiri, The Outcast | Uganda, Africa
‘The DNAs of Chimps and humans are 96% similar and it appears that the similarities doesn’t end with genetic structure itself ‘. Such a heartbreaking and moving post!
“Do you know why Kiri is kept in a cage, alone and away from rest of the chimps?” The caretaker enquired
It was a sunny afternoon and the “zookeeper for a day” at Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC) in Entebbe (Uganda) was proceeding in an amazingly awesome way. During the first day in African soil I had pleasant interactions with a cheetah, Edward –the cute baby elephant, Charles – another young elephant, giraffe, and even rhinos. Now I guess you would agree with my “amazingly awesome” adjective!!! Just when I thought I won’t be able to handle anymore African awesomeness I was told by the caretakers that next I’ll be taken to Chimpanzees’ shelter. Uganda and Rwanda offer trekking opportunities to watch Gorillas and Chimpanzees in the wild but exuberant price of packages were too hot to handle for the humble backpacker from Kerala. So I was more than…
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India, the sentiment.
I woke up this morning to the sounds of Vande Mataram, right outside my bedroom window in my society’s grounds. Continue reading “India, the sentiment.”
On “Person-First Language”: It’s Time to Actually Put the Person First
‘When a language rule—which was created specifically to respect people’s agency and personhood—gets in the way of actually respecting the person in front of you, it’s time to ditch the rule.’
Such a brilliant and enlightening piece!
Language is a tool. It can make our worlds bigger or make them smaller. It can be used to create connection or to cause harm. It can affirm or it can disparage.
When it comes to how we describe marginalized aspects of ourselves or others—things that are perceived as “not normal” by the mainstream—language matters a whole lot, because how we talk or write about ourselves and each other can either affirm the value of diversity and difference, or demean people who are different from the idealized norm.
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Project Prochnost: Week 12
This week was low-key in terms of writing practice, so the cover picture is a repeat. Now that I straightened that out, something interesting happened, you guys! 🙂
The Politics of the ‘top’ of the World
Europe in the centre and the world pretty much around it. A mere coincidence or a remnant of the world’s colonial past? Continue reading “The Politics of the ‘top’ of the World”
Project Prochnost: Week 11
When I used to think of Russia earlier, I used to think of cold weather, beautiful architecture and great writers. Today, I think of it in much more vivid terms. Orenburg shawls. Imperial porcelain. Valenki and samovars. Podstakanniks. Ah! The list is too long. Continue reading “Project Prochnost: Week 11”
Turtles all the way down
I visited a lovely nearby cafe this Sunday which serves amazing waffles alongside a selection of books you can read while enjoying your food. As I picked up ‘A Brief History of Time’ by Stephen Hawking, I was greeted by one of the best introductory pages ever written for a book (at least for me). Continue reading “Turtles all the way down”
Project Prochnost: Week 9 & 10
I know I know! Week 9 & 10? Talk about being lazy, but no. I have finally, finally finished ‘Culture Shock! Russia’ and I have so much to talk about.
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