March 31, 2009

A superb animation film that could be banned

Every time I heard the Ramayana or read it, or saw a mythological with NTR as Rama, or read it to my children, I always felt sad/angry about how Rama treats Sita, and yet came to be known as a righteous king.

This film is about this very issue. Made by Nina Paley, who, Google Almighty tells me is America's best-loved unknown cartoonist (, the animation is brilliant, and so is the use of the Indonesian shadow puppets.

Watch this film at before some of our culture vultures somehow get to America and ban it.

I too didn't like the content of a few scenes, and the tone of some words, but chalta, yaar. All art is open to interpretation.

March 22, 2009

Ten words

It is such a secret place,
the land of tears.

(From "The Little Prince"
by Antoine de Saint-Exeupery;
painting by R C Gorman

March 08, 2009

Women's day blah blah blah...

is women's day,
for, as British poet Anna Wickham says:

"Here is no sacrificial I,
Here are more I's than yet were in one human,
Here I reveal our common mystery:
I give you woman."

Painting by Fawad Tamkanat