The success formula- Shyam Benegal on Hindi Cinema and the challenges of New cinema

In 1977 there was a symposium examining "THE CINEMA SITUATION". The symposium was attended by some greats of Indian Cinema like Mani Kaul,  Kumar Shahani, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Shyam Benegal etc. I discovered a quote from Shyam Benegal's essay on tumblr via Dhrupad and was hooked. I discovered that the quote was from a longer essay on [...]

Expertise, politics of health and the Doctor as an Educator

This post is culled from an exchange in a medical group I am a member of. Mr. Srivats has kindly granted my permission to reproduce this gem of a letter. Pay particular attention to the last 3 paragraphs. Dear Friends, As I promised in my previous mail, I am adding to the question of the [...]

Take home messages for Indian activists from KONY2012

As far as metrics go, Kony 2012 was a success. some 10 million people have watched the video and I don't know of another social justice issue that so many people have heard of, let alone watched a half hour movie on. As far as the production goes, KONY2012 was a job well done. I [...]

Childhood sexual abuse: be prepared.

It is time we face the fact that the sexual abuse of children is not an  occasional deviant  act, but a devastating commonplace fact of everyday life" Florence Rush The Best-Kept Secret Sexual abuse of children happens. It is common and widespread. Like last year, a bunch of volunteers have been spreading information about childhood [...]

A Guide to Life [Guest post]

Cathartist, who has written on Cerebral salad before, mailed me with her response to the criticism that Meena Kandasamy was facing for her article about domestic violence. I am turning the mail into a post. As usual, she is brilliant. Follow her on twitter. A guide to life - General edition Can doctors be unhealthy? [...]