By Somali K Chakrabarti flurry of fireworks in an old temple premise- doom descends, charred lives .
By Somali K Chakrabarti Image Source sweet profits reaped from thirsty sugarcane farms cost bitter tears! .
flame smoke splinters shards disrupt singing of the lark savagery lays bare- booms of devil’s grin are heard in the Garden of Iqbal #PrayForLahore
By Somali K Chakrabarti What does a child do when those who are meant to protect her turn into the perpetrators of crime against her? Abuse in the formative years might be the worst kind of agony that a person could be subjected to. When perpetrated by family members it carries with it the burden of guilt and shame,… Read More Healing the Scars of Child Abuse
By Somali K Chakrabarti Litterbug is the name; to litter is his game. He is one you will adore, for his qualities galore. This is the story of the 7 year old little Litterbug Cute little Litterbug is just back from school. Hungry as hell, he throws around his bag and yells for food. His… Read More The Great Indian Litterbug
By Somali K Chakrabarti “There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combination of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard. There are not more than five primary colours, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen. There are not more than five cardinal… Read More Celebrate diversity and break cultural stereotypes
By Somali K Chakrabarti December 2nd, 1984, was one of the darkest nights in the history of Bhopal and that of India, when poisonous gas flare had leaked out of Union Carbide India Ltd’s (UCIL) pesticide plant, killing thousands of people over the next few days. Thirty years on, a film ‘Bhopal: A Prayer For… Read More ‘Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain’, A film to stir your soul
By Somali K Chakrabarti Mard ko dard nahin hota. Amitabh Bachchan had declared in his characteristic style in ‘Mard’, one of the memorable Bollywood blockbusters from the 1980s. Translated in English it means ‘A real man does not feel pain’. This stereotypical projection of men in India, has time and again been exemplified by… Read More Busting the myth of Manliness in Indian society
By Somali K Chakrabarti Alan Turing, whose pioneering work laid the mathematical foundations of computer, was convicted for homosexuality and subjected to chemical castration that drove him to suicide. His suicide prompted the British government to amend laws concerning homosexuality. ~ Aamir Khan on ‘Accepting Alternative Sexuality’ episode of his show Stayamev Jayate that touched… Read More Why society should accept Alternative Sexuality
By Somali K Chakrabarti Standing by the open window railing on my room, as I sip my morning tea looking at the coconuts swinging from the tree at a stone’s throw, I struggle each day to reconcile with how the view has changed over the last two years. The open space on both sides, where… Read More Mumbai – A Green City Turning Grey