The rains have restarted in Goa; they had shut shop for about two weeks. I finally got my bike serviced and dealt with grouchy Mr. Santa Singh, the trusted bike mechanic. (Yup. Random piece of news there.)
I have been super busy this week with pending chores, errands and such. So... just a quick hello from me this week. I'll see you next week. Be well.
P.S. Oh, for some reason my
stupid short film (from ten years ago that I wrote about last week and shared the Vimeo link for everyone to see) didn't play for a lot of people.(Thanks for writing to me you guys!) So, I uploaded it on that YouTube dot com. Don't watch it. You've been warned.
❤️ Things I’ve been enjoying this week:
- I watched this short clip from a lecture discussing P. Sainath’s journalism: The journalism of P. Sainath.
- My friend sent me this chilling article about how climate change affected Indians this summer. We're pretty fcuked: Living through India's next level heat-wave.
- I really enjoyed listening to this podcast (Can Savarnas Really Be Allies to Bahujans?). It's only two episodes and the discussion is very interesting.
- I watched Nomadland last night. Loved it. Loved it.
- I’m really enjoying Gail Omvedt’s biography—Ambedkar: Towards an enlightened India.
- I’ve been regularly writing in my morning journal, so that’s been fantastic.
- Here’s a tiny glossary of caste-related terms by Tejas Harad
- I found this fantastic article by Rajesh Rajamani disecting the politics of Mani Ratnam and his films. It makes some very strong arguments: The Right-Wing Hindu, Hypernationalist Politics of Mani Ratnam’s Films
- I then listened to Rajesh Rajamani's episode on Anurag Verma’s Podcast:
- Also watched Rajesh Rajamani’s short : The discreet charm of the Savarnas.
- Neeraj Ghaywan’s early early short film: Shor (noise)
- This article is too harsh towards Patwardhan and paints him conspiratorial, but I do think it raises a point or two that are noteworthy: Pandit Patwardhan’s Jai Bhim Comrade: A Case Study in Brahminism
- Chaitanya Tamhane’s short film: Death of a father
- A loving obituary to Gail Omvedt, who passed away last year: How Gail Omvedt was embraced by Dalit-Bahujan communities
- This old article about Ambedkar by Ramachandra Guha: Ambedkar, the Hindu
- This scathing critique of the RSS' new found love for Ambedkar by Guha: Which Ambedkar?
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