The News Circle – 9/29/18

With the #MeToo movement well under way in the Western world, especially the U.S., it is only natural that it would spread to other parts of the world. (News Credit : Entertainment @Indiatimes) Thanks to some outstandingly brave women who came forward, Hollywood directors and actors such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey were exposed…

Supreme Court in India throws open Sabarimala temple to women.

The News Circle ⭕️ The Times  Of India carries front page headlines on the landmark judgment of the Supreme Court. According to the SC verdict, the Sabrimala Temple which hither to only allowed men to enter, will now also permit women  access to this place of worship. Sabrimala is revered temple of Lord Ayyapa in…

The News Circle – 9/26/18

Where are the girls? And what does this have to do with inflated gold prices and fluctuation in the international markets? (News Credit : The Conversation) Gold prices are up, and in South Asia this can mean only one thing. For parents of daughters, the rising fear that their dowry will increase puts immense stress…

Paper Asylum by Rochelle Potkar

  I am not a reader who can be enthralled easily. Anything can distract me: a film, a phone call, a friend, a better plan, the aroma of food. But here, within 250 pages were 120 Haibun, sketching universes of revelations in synopsized depth—summarized lifetimes, told with lucidity, in a frame no longer than a…

The Crooked Order Of Things (From Mother Goose)

  There was a lonely lady, and she walked a lonely mile. She was found in a lonely old-age home, instead of her now lonely age-old home. She made lonely friends there, who were only themselves too. And they all lived together in a lonely little world. *** -Priyal Panchal For Priyal Panchal poetry &…

Ruminations from a Sick Bed

Last Sunday around 1:15 p.m. I turned old. A hundred butterflies gathered for winter jamming inside my left knee joint. A couple of snakes crossed over each other inside my right foot. The chair I sat on wobbled, the spoon I ate with shivered and the cat I chased stayed put. The wind faintly carried…