‘Making Friends with the Crocodile’ by Mick Canning

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

 

Prejudices, biases and gender inequalities have always existed in our society, and from time to time these come to the fore front. But, when such points are raised by foreigners, there is always a risk that the writer may succumb to temptation of stereotypical or caricaturish portrayal of the characters or the culture of a country.

Making Friends with the Crocodile, written by Mick Canning is a book that highlights gender inequalities prevailing in a North Indian village. Steering clear of stereotypes, the book depicts lives of people in a normal village family, and the conditions that not only dissuade a woman from reporting an assault, but also subjugate her further by holding her responsible for it.

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Making friends with Crocodiles is available on Amazon. 

Here’s a bit about the author. Mick Canning is an Englishman, who has traveled extensively in North India, Nepal and the Middle East. Mick finely captures the essence of these places in words and in pictures in his blog that goes by his name. I have always enjoyed reading his posts on Bodhgaya, Varanasi, Sarnath, and Punjab. While I had been intending to read his book since quite some time, I managed to do so during this weekend.

In his book, Mick has delved into the mind of a middle- aged woman living in rural Bihar (I have no  idea how he managed to analyse and portray the sensitivities) and has beautifully sketched the love – hate relationship she shares with her daughter in law.

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Mathematics and Poetry – What’s the connection?

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Mathematics and Poetry – What’s the connection?

By Somali K Chakrabarti

 

The mathematician destroyed all the poetry of the rainbow by reducing it to its prismatic colours.” is how Newton was once referred to by noted poets of his time.

Poet William Blake had once said, “God is not a Mathematical Diagram“.

But a flower surely is! Mathematics defines the shape of spirals and curves of sea shells, sunflower heads, wherein poetry describes their beauty.

Maths and Poetry

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Rexit : Goodbye RBI Governor Rajan

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Rexit : Goodbye RBI Governor Rajan

By Somali K Chakrabarti

 

Raghuram Rajan

The economy was in tatters, inflation was sky high

When, Raghuram Rajan was placed at the helm of the RBI

While the nation swooned on his charm

he had to prove his mettle, walking on a rope tight

challenges were aplenty; he put up a tough fight –

 

His actions bore the fruits – the situation is no longer fragile

Inflation has halved, reserves have swelled, and currency stabilized,

It was but natural that people were keen

that Rajan would hold his second term on the Mint Street,

for a time window in which the economy would completely heal

 

Yet as he bids goodbye, the send-off is left unexplained

People are upset, feeling the sting and pain

As a few in the power seats glee, and corner his credit

It seems that perhaps he refused to play the game

For the whims and fancies of some, merit loses yet once again

 

The exit of Raghuram Rajan as the RBI Governor has left people shocked.

Yu can find the article on ‘Why Rajan’s exit has people worrying’ on this link on Eonomics Times   http://goo.gl/Y5B84m

 

 

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Feline Quotes

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Feline Quotes

“God made the cat to give man the pleasure of stroking a tiger.”  ~ Joseph Mery

Sometime back, I had written a post on ‘Po’ – The Little Kitten. It happens so that the playful kitten Po, now grown up by a few months, has landed up at my house, and is keeping me on my toes.  As we are adjusting to each other’s presence, most of my time now goes in watching its antics.

The kitten has peculiar habits with strange feline ways of communicating and emoting. There is a silent mystery about the creature as it disappears within the flash of a second and sneaks into the weirdest corners of the house, finding a new place to hide every day. At other times, it makes itself particularly endearing by playfully rolling on its back and rubbing its head on our feet and purring, on being petted.

It butts its head, suddenly comes running and bumps me, sits on my desk, does high five, stares continuously and then blinks, curls up and sulks when scolded.  Going by the saying that when a cat bumps you and rubs against you, they “claim” you by leaving a bit of their musk on you, ‘Po’ seemed to have claimed our house with the inmates.

Po Kitten

There are moments when Po exhibits bursts of intense dashing through the house for reasons best known to him. He plays the hunt and chase game with paper balls or soft toys and is very curious about everything that goes on inside the house. Yes, he also scratches furniture for territorial marking, and jumps out of the windows at the first opportunity but is extremely scared to go out of the door.

Most of our discussions at home these days are oddly centred around the cat.

While trying to dig out about the behavioural traits of cats, I came across several quotes on cats. I am listing here the ones that I found particularly interesting.

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Frosty Beverages

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

Beverages

In the sweltering summer heat
How we pine for a cool retreat!
Some savory cold drinks
To beat the scorching heat!!
Frosty beverage treats
Punches and Smoothies
Topped with refreshing cream
To bring in a wintery feel !!

Watermelon, lychee,
Strawberries, tiramisu,
and apple tangy green!!
Now, what are we waiting for?
It’s time to rush in…

Where? 

To find out about these delicious beverages, please read the post  Take on the Summer on Life11

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How my book ‘Lei’ became the target of ‘phishing’ attack

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By Somali K Chakrabarti

We keep hearing about cyber hacking, malware and scams such as phishing , but it hits us the most when the security of our own site or our copyrighted material is compromised upon. I am sharing with you how my kindle book ‘Lei : A wreath for your soul’  recently became the target of a phishing scam.

I was startled when I noticed that  ‘Lei : A wreath for your soul’ was available free for download on a particular website.  To my utmost surprise the website also carried some reviews of my book along with comments from users who had downloaded the book. The screenshot is attached below.

Phishing

 

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Small Acts Of Care Fuelled by Love

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Small Acts Of Care Fuelled by Love

The

Pull of gravity

Cannot be seen, yet it is felt

In the form of Gravitational Waves

Ripples flow through the fabric of space

In a way alike, good vibes link hearts,

Build ties in the strangest ways

A heart-warming smile,

A gentle touch,

An act of care,

A warm

Hug,

Break barriers, rise above frontiers, form deep

Bonds

#FuelledbyLove

 

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A Dance With The Corporate Ton by Lata Subramanian

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A Dance With The Corporate Ton by Lata Subramanian

What is expected of me?

This is a question that often comes to the mind of employees while working in an organization. Only sometimes the answer is clear but most of the times employees are left wondering as to what the implicit expectations are, and what it takes to smoothly navigate through the journey in the Corporate World.

A Dance With The Corporate Ton

 

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