Fire Raging Over Re-Admission of Accused Actor

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe newly elected Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) president, actor Mohanlal, told actor Dileep, accused in a sexual assault case, to stop moping and start embracing AMMA once again like any good son should. That set many tongues wagging, some dripping acid against the “old men of Kerala cinema”. A report, for Different Truths. […]

Virat and Anushka Smitten by the Modi Bug

Reading Time: 4 minutesModi was the guest of honour at one of Virushka’s marriage receptions. That seems to have kind of left a halo around the heads of Virushka. Anushka became a Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan ambassador with photographs of her promoting open defecation free India with the image of a toilet in the background, nowhere like the Jacuzzi-equipped […]

Rajini and Kamal Cross Swords over Tuticorin

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe gloves are off between the two superstars, Rajini and Kamal. Politics has branded them apart and whose histrionics wins the day, and the state, is a topic of heated discussion in Amma Canteens and places of worship in all of Tamil Nadu with the gods listening, eavesdropping shamelessly on the conversation like mere mortals! […]

Reetwika Banerjee: Five Books, Three Films, 13 Awards makes her a Young Achiever

Reading Time: 8 minutesReetwika Banerjee, a columnist with Different Truths, is a young achiever. She has won 13 awards for her five books and three films. T Mukherjee interviews her, exclusively for Different Truths. TM: Tell us about yourself, Reetwika Banerjee. RB: I am a professional Cyber Security expert and I aim to be a face of women in […]

Revisiting the Idea of School Education of Rabindranath Tagore

Reading Time: 4 minutesTagore wanted to defend freedom he enjoyed in his family, for all humanity. He remained firmly opposed to colonial education that aimed at material prosperity. He believed that only education could promote freedom of humans and made real effort to carry out his educational mission almost unaided and alone. He was fully conscious of child […]

In the Inner Recesses of his Heart: Painting of Rabindranath Tagore in the History of Art

Reading Time: 20 minutesRabindranath Tagore’s art combines both Indian and European aspects. The range of colours used in his work are reminiscent of the expressionist era, and Tagore’s style is close to that of Kandinsky, Picasso, and Matisse. It is also influenced by Japanese and Chinese art. It also documents what prominent art historians and critics said about […]

The Abode of Peace: A Nest Formed in the Universe

Reading Time: 7 minutesBadly in need of funds for his ashram, Tagore sought donations from abroad notably England and was dismayed to encounter the cool British snub. This was a fallout of his strong denouncements against the British imperialistic attitudes as well as his relinquishment of the knighthood. Yet the poet in him keenly empathised with the pain […]

One Last Tagore Birthday before My Death

Reading Time: 8 minutesA Diaspora, Dr. Partha shares the agony of a Bengali far away from homeland. He confesses, there are quite a few other Bengali immigrants both from Bangladesh and West Bengal — highly educated, scholarly and erudite — who are satisfied with the small society they have and therefore do not feel any particular urge to […]

Aesthetics, Politics, Pedagogy and Tagore

Reading Time: 7 minutesTagore rested on his desire for a far-off planet, listened to the invitation of a dream and did not allow the spaceship to rust. His journeys and envisagements, however, repeatedly narrated a new order without losing their connection with the world outside. Tagore’s projects – primarily his ashram school, the university and institutions in rural […]

Rabindranath Tagore: An Inquiry into Ideas and Ideals

Reading Time: 9 minutesIn order to acquire a worldview for himself, Tagore strove to achieve a balance between Humanism and Naturalism, Individualism and Determinism, Hedonism and Asceticism, all of them being the various ways of apprehending the ultimate reality. This balance helped him determine his own perspectives on life and times, and his role as a literary writer […]