#MisogynyAlert: some notes

“Not because #MisogynyAlert is a bad idea. But because it is the brand of feminism that applies on oppressors the same tactics they’ve been applying on women all these years. I’m not sorry to say, that’s not my feminism”.  — #MisogynyAlert by Tharkuri Ranjani, who blogs at https://feministwords.wordpress.com, critiques the #MisogynyAlert hashtag and it’s execution on twitter. Reading… Read more

How sexism hurt me

As a boy, I was taught that  because I was a boy, all I needed to succeed in life was to show up and be smart. Hard work was for the girls. I was taught, by actions and words that men are just smart, and that’s why they rule, and women are stupid and therefore they… Read more

Our basic nature

“It is one of my fundamental beliefs that not only do we inherently posses the potential for compassion but I believe  that the basic or underlying nature of human beings is gentleness. —[Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama] For most of my life, I have held that man is essentially a base, angry, hurtful animal. Gentleness and kindness are acquired through… Read more

Not silence but Verse: Call for poetry against Violence

It’s violence against women (VAW) awareness month, and Prajnya  is calling you to submit poetry Send us original, powerful, evocative poems in English, Hindi or Tamil (Haikus or Tankas only!) on the theme ‘No Violence, No Silence’ Last date for submissions: 10 November 2012 Email us: prajnya.16days@gmail.com (Download the .pdf version of the call here.)… Read more

Tag at source

Back in the day when pirating music was a big thing, and having large mp3 collections was considered to be geeky, I too had an impressive 40 GB collection. Remember, when I say “back in the day” I am talking about the time when internet was all dial-up and the fastest broadband available to us… Read more

Impossible Choices

“Do the right thing” you were taught as a child, and strive to do so as an adult. But what they didn’t teach you as a child is about impossible choices. Situations that not only have no right choice, but just by their existence change everything. Life loves playing the “heads I win, tails you… Read more


“What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object?” A young priest fresh out of seminary once asked me, when he learned that I was a fan of philosophy and other arcane things. I remember the delight on his face, watching me struggle to come up with an answer. He did not give me… Read more


All of us have non-negotiables. 11 years ago, fresh out of home, when I went to college, my religious beliefs were non-negotiable. “There is one God eternally existent in three persons, the Bible is His word and The Brethren ( my church) understand it best” In a year, the last part eroded away. Then the… Read more

The glorious battle

Remember that part in the new karate kid movie when Jackie Chan makes Will Smith’s son put on and take off his jacket again and again and again and in the end  it all makes sense because he was teaching him the greater lessons about kung fu? And how in the end he uses this… Read more