Sunday, December 28, 2014

The simple, complex explosive power of a book

It’s easy these days to be distracted from the simple, complex explosive power of a book by all the more glamorous-seeming novelties winking around us. A YouTube video seems to bring Cuba home to us more vividly than any travel book could do. Tweets and updates and Instagrams flood in on us at such a rate that we hardly have time to sink into the private cathedrals of space and light erected by Henry James or Proust. The world is in such a rush right now that it’s tempting to think that it’s more important to be up-to-the-microsecond, on top of things, with the latest news streaming into one’s palm than in fact what renders us richest and most attractive as humans, the spacious, deepening, timeless world of books.
---Pico Iyer

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Recommended reading: "War by Media" by John Pilger

The information age is actually a media age. We have war by media; censorship by media; demonology by media; retribution by media; diversion by media – a surreal assembly line of obedient clich├ęs and false assumptions.
--John Pilger 

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

West Bengal: Is the Change in Power three steps away?

We had these words from Siddhartha Nath Singh, the BJP leader now in charge of West Bengal, in the big rally held on December 30 in Kolkata.

Bhag Madan Bhag (2014)
Bhag Mukul Bhag (2015)
Bhag Mamata Bhag (2016)

Bhag is a Bengali word used in defamatory sense to mean to order Run.

Is the Power really three steps away?

Would it really happen exactly in the sequence as described above?


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