Ottamthullal in Germany

On 22-nd February, the Hindu verein (club) in Frankfurt organized a festival about the Indian culture. As a part of the show, Hartmut Schmidt gave an amazing presentation of the Ottamthullal. Ottamthullal is a performing art created in the 18-th century to provide an alternative to Chakyar Koothu. The usage of malayalam in the narration…

Our new neighbourhood – St Anna, Heidelberg

We recently moved to Heidelberg. Touted as one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, Heidelberg is ancient and yet very young: it is a student town. Its pedestrian zone is extremely popular: after searching several times for documentaries on Heidelberg, all I could find were the documentaries full of “Hauptstrasse” or the main street…

Leaning in

Written almost half a year back…. The problem I have with Lean in – they are more for mothers and less for women! Jane says that it shouldn’t be assumed a woman without a child has nothing of significance in her life beyond work. Everyone needs time away from their desks to do the things…

Sleep, Memory, Personality…

a blog partially written long back on 29-th July The last few months, something has been bothering me. I feel I have lost some ability to multi-task and to be flexible with the number of topics I could handle at the same time. My mind was becoming slower to assimilate several topics and to work…

Shanghai Radisson Century Park Pudong view

Shanghai Radisson Century Park Pudong view, a set on Flickr. From my childhood I had an image of China. Created from Pearl S Buck’s novels I had been reading since I was 11 years old, this image consisted of rural villages, people migrating from villages to Beijing or other cities. I enjoyed reading about the…

Parents and children (who left the nest)

The other day, I was having lunch with a friend “P”. P moved the Germany a bit before I did and later joined our company. We are both from the same home state. His parents and family continue to live there. He visits them at least once a year but lately it has been around…

Who are we?

Ship of Theseus: As the planks of Theseus’ needed repair, it was replaced part by part upto a point where not a single part from the original ship remained in it, anymore. Is it, then, still the same ship? Quantum Physics: What is real? So let us take stock. We think of particles as tiny…

Relationships – misfit or not?

Today I came online on facebook to find this on a friend’s wall. “You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened… or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the fuck on.” – Tupac I…

Luggage in airlines

I am packing for my next trip – again to the US. This trip, as in the last year, will be a combination of business and private. My parents are moving to a new place and I will help them to move. I was thinking about flying down just for it, but luckily their move…

Some snippets this Sunday

Written on November 18: This morning, I decided I would like to do things I have been planning for long and not got around to doing. So it all started with some reading. I have been reading FTs “How to spend it” for many years now. It played, I am sure, a significant part in…

Epic Women

There is a call to explore a very interesting theme of EPIC Women on Narthaki.com by Anita Ratnam: Kartik Fine Arts presents EPIC WOMEN Conference/Performance Conclave December 20 – 23, 2012 Chennai Call for papers: Deadline Sept 1, 2012 email: epicwomen12@gmail.com May 30, 2012 Epics recount histories of nations via long narrative poems conveying the…