Editor’s Picks

God Runs this Country: Trials and Tribulations of Filmmaking

Reading Time: 4 minutesThere is an opportunity in filmmaking. There is business. Earlier, it was more like prostitution (for women who wished to act in films). Film world was taboo. Things have changed. The government has recognised it and has given it the status of an industry. Banks give loans. The cine industry is no longer what it […]

Wine Tasting Escapade

Reading Time: 4 minutesWinemaking in France started 2600 years ago. In the 19th century, some fungal disease wiped out the vineyards. So the French used some hybrid variety from the USA after the vineyards were destroyed. Wine making again started with full vigour. Dr. Paramita takes us on a tour of French vineyards and wineries, in the weekly column, […]

A Happy Day

Reading Time: 2 minutesA poignant ballad, by Anika, about the pain, sufferings, ennui and the indifference – all a part of city life. An effective satire, exclusively for Different Truths. A happy day: I stood at the airport waiting. Drowning in an overwhelming uncertainty. And for a split second, I viewed myself, an epicentre of a corona discharge […]

Eliminating Caste System, Communal Fascism, Patriarchy, and Neo-Liberalism: Does Neo-Dalit Movement Provide an Answer?

Reading Time: 5 minutesHindu caste system divides the society into social classes or castes. This graded inequality has the sanction of classical Indian religious scriptures. The caste hierarchy dictates the lives of its citizens even today. The tribal, Muslims and the lower castes or untouchable communities face discrimination and severe oppression due to their social status. As a […]

National TV Media Finally Smell Petrichor: Kerala Bracing Up for More Trouble Ahead

Reading Time: 4 minutesSad commentary on the media. One man’s death counted more than the lives of thousands. Misplaced priority? But who’s gonna tell that to a media sold to an idea, an ideology? Even the left-liberal couldn’t let go the opportunity to drop anchor and RIP Modi with Vajpayee. It was once in a death-time chance! And […]

The Story of Cocktail Umbrellas

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe cocktail umbrella is believed to have arrived on the tiki bar scene as early as 1932, courtesy Victor J. Bergeron, the irascible one-legged founder of Trader Vic’s in San Francisco. Trader Vic’s is a large San Francisco-based chain of Polynesian-style restaurants. Vic’s served drinks with cocktail umbrellas up until the early 1940s, informs Prof. […]

Malayali Greed has Come Home to Roost: Unprecedented Flood Devastation is Man-Made

Reading Time: 4 minutesIt is no time for a blame game. And yet it may be not be inappropriate to do a reality check. The agonising experience has put the fear of God back into the Malayali mind, which he had long exchanged for material and matter. And God, who had lost his own country to the usurpers, […]

Uncertain Times for German Politics

Reading Time: 6 minutesDangerous developments connected with a rising fascist movement under the banner of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) are underway. Germany’s Left Party (die Linke), on the other hand, could well be on its way toward mounting an effective fightback. The German version of the Nazis and KKKers who descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, last year are […]

Election Commission should not Allow Simultaneous Polls

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe controversy over holding  Lok Sabha and assembly elections simultaneously as was the practice in fifties was revived following the BJP President Amit Shah’s letter to the Law Commission that the party wants 11 state polls with 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The BJP denied that Shah has made any such statement. A report for Different […]

My Story: Rishika – II

Reading Time: 5 minutesHere’s the second part of the four stories novella that deals with love, marriage, and relationship, by Meenakshi, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. Hi! I am Rishika. I divorced recently. And I run my own little clothing line. I know I started my introduction with the divorce bit and it’s kind of […]