Friday, January 22, 2016

When a Campus Mourns....

A fellow research scholar, Rohith Vemmula, committed suicide on our University Campus a few days back. The events that followed have been deeply saddening and unnerving.

I along with my friend Sinjini Bhattacharya wrote a piece for countercurrents.org in our humble attempt to portray the changes in campus atmosphere in the last few days.

You can read us on http://www.countercurrents.org/avsb210116.htm

Thank You,

Aparna

Sunday, January 17, 2016


Books 2016!

This is to keep a tab on the books that I read this year.

1) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire- J. K. Rowling

Finally got down to reading Harry Potter in December last year and have not been able to put it down since posing grave challenges to the immediate task on completing my PhD by early 2017! :/

2) The Incredible Book Eating Boy- Oliver Jeffers
3) Vanamala and the Cephalopod -Shalini Srinivasan
4)Palestine- Joe Sacco
5) The Screwtape Letters -C. S. Lewis
6) Sita -Devdutt Patnaik
7) Partisans and Patriots- Ramachandra Guha
8) English August- Upamanyu Chatterjee (Incomplete)
9) Unended Quest- Karl Popper (Incomplete)
10) Between Clay and Dust-Musharraf Ali Farooqi
11) The Fixer- Joe Sacco
12) The Lowland-Jhumpa Lahiri
13)Edible Woman- Margaret Atwood
14) Is Indian Civilization a Myth?-Sanjay Subrahmaniam
15) Too Much Happiness-Alice Munro
16) Babette's Feast- Isak Dinesen
17) Children's Book- A. S. Byatt
18) Wolf Hall- Hilary Mantel
19)A Russian Beauty and Other Stories-Vladmir Nabokkov
20)Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up- Rana Ayyub
21) Is Indian Civilisation a Myth?- Sanjay Subrahmanyam
22) The Red Pony -John Steinback
23) The Stranger - Albert Camus
24) Sputnik Sweetheart- Haruki Murakami
25) The Great Deranagement- Amitav Ghosh
26) The Sympahiser- Viet Than Nguyen
27) A Strangeness in My Mind- Orhan Pamuk

Movies

Heyo!

Will be putting up a list of interesting movies which I watch this year here. Keep checking this space and share your suggestions!

1)Temple Grandin- Director- Mick Jackson (saw this at the Philosophy Department's weekly screenings, felt inspired and hopeful)

Musical Sojourn

I have been experimenting with different kinds of music of late and have come to the conclusion that I have quite a catholic taste when it comes to genres of music. I will be sharing some of  my favourite pieces here. Keep looking at this space for new entries. Most of these pieces are available on YouTube. Also, feel free to share the ones you like and love in the comment section, would be delighted to listen to them.

January 2016

1) Ustad Shujaat Hussain Khan- Main to Piya se Nainaa Laga aayi re...
2) Ustad Shujaat Hussain Khan-Humri Naina Tumri Ore...
3) Veena by S Balachander- Raga Ananda Amrithakarshini
(Listened to this for the first time in the monsoon of 2015, the monsoon barely stayed on, but the raga lingers....)
4)Anoushka Shankar-Lasya
5)Taylor Swift- Shake it off
6) Bach - The Earth- From the Film 'Solaris'
7) Vidya Rao- 'yeh than Thaat Thambure Ka'
8)D. Madhusudhan on Bansuri or Flute-Raga Ahir Bhairav.
9) Dresses- Painting Roses (Listened to this on the suggestion of my friend Sinjini after a lot of hesitation. I am a bit skeptical about trying out new bands. But this turned out to be a lovely experiment)
10) Pandit Ravi Shankar- Raga Asa Bhairav
11) Nayyara Noor- Tum Mere Pas Raho.  ( Was exploring Faiz Ahmed Faiz and stumbled upon this piece sung eloquently by Nayyara Noor. Very pleased with the exploration)
12) Meesha Shafi-Dasht-E-Tanhayee (Coke Studio)
13) Lata Mangeshkar- Piya Tose Naina Lage Re (From the Movie Guide)
14) Farida Khanum- Aaj Jane Ki Zid Na Karo
15)Ghulam Ali- Dasht E Tanhayi
16) Jitendra Abhisheki- Lagi Kalejawa Katar
17) Nayyara Noor- Aaj Bazare Mein Pabajaula Chalo (Again, thanks to the poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz)
18) Pt. Venkatesh Kumar- Raga Bhairavi (Diwali Concert Series)
19) Ashwini Bide Deshpande- Raga Deepavali (diwali Concert Series)
20) Don Mclean- Vincent
21) Raga Bhairavi-(Sitar and Tabla)-Niladri Kumar and Subhankar Banerjee at Darbar Festival
22)Abida Parveen-Zahid Ne Mera Hasil-E-Eman
23) Iron Maiden- Run to the Hills, Dance of Death, Fear of Dark (I have figured that Iron Maiden is best for Chapter Writing!! :) )