On International Women's Day 2016, the United Nations had called to "step it up" for gender equality. In the coming days, Bodhi Commons will be publishing a series of sketches done by Abhilash Melathil. The series is titled Women without Men.


In her award-winning novel God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy demonstrates the symptoms of the macroscopic world of the conventional “love laws that lay down who should be loved and how. And how much”. Eschewing the grand narratives of the orthodox adult world, she weaves tiny narratives of the otherwise repressed microscopic world of love that struggles to cross the boundaries of faith, caste, class and region.

Banjo is the humblest of musical instruments. And Pete Seeger was the gentlest of of Americans. But together they shook the world's most powerful empire for almost a century through the sheer power of their song. The folk music legend died in peace at the beginning of the new year at the age of ninety four and his banjo only a little younger has fallen silent. But their music lives on in defiant optimism of a better life for everybody on our planet.

I have not felt this grief-stricken in a while. Yet, there I was, as if someone had just wrenched my heart out. 'Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87', said the newsreader solemnly and I thought it was simply not possible. How could it be? I had just met Marquez yesterday.
Yesterday, when I was sixteen. A long time ago that now suddenly seems to me like yesterday.

അച്ചടി, ദൃശ്യ മാധ്യമ രംഗങ്ങളിലെ ശ്രദ്ധേയനായ മാധ്യമപ്രവര്‍ത്തകന്‍. "ഓഗസ്റ്റ് ക്ലബ്ബ്" എന്ന സിനിമയുടെ സംവിധായകന്‍. പകല്‍ നക്ഷത്രങ്ങള്‍, പ്രാഞ്ചിയേട്ടന്‍ ആന്റ് ദ സെയ്ന്റ് തുടങ്ങി പതിനെട്ടില്‍ പരം സിനിമകളിലെ അഭിനേതാവ്. സമകാലികം, മാജിക് ലാന്റേണ്‍ തുടങ്ങി ശ്രദ്ധേയമായ ടെലിവിഷന്‍ പരിപാടികളുടെ നിര്‍മാതാവും അവതാരകനും. മീരായനം, കൊച്ചിന്‍ ഹനീഫ, ലോഹിതദാസ്, കിം കി ദക്കിന്റെ തിരക്കഥകള്‍, മോട്ടോര്‍ സൈക്കിള്‍ ഡയറീസ്, കിം കി ദക്ക് - വയലന്‍സ് & സയലന്‍സ് എന്നീ ഗ്രന്ഥങ്ങളുടെ രചയിതാവ്. ചലച്ചിത്രനിരൂപകന്‍. ഇങ്ങനെ വിവിധ മേഖലകളില്‍ തന്റേതായ വ്യക്തിമുദ്ര പതിപ്പിച്ച ആളാണ്‌ ശ്രീ. കെ. ബി. വേണു.

[Bodhi publishes excerpts from a presentation given by Unmesh Senna Dasthakhir as part of Extra Mural Lectures at IIT, Madras.]

Apolitical art and artless politics are the fruit of a divide-and-conquer strategy that weakens both; art and politics ignite each other and need each other. ~ Rebecca Solnit

ഓട്ടോ റെനെ കാസ്റ്റിയ്യോയുടെ (Otto René Castillo) സുപ്രസിദ്ധമായ കവിത മലയാളത്തിലെ വിവിധ ഭാഷാഭേദങ്ങളിലേക്കു ഗൂഗിള്‍ ബസ്സില്‍ നടന്ന സര്‍ഗാത്മക വിവര്‍ത്തനോത്സവം ബോധി പുനപ്രസിദ്ധീകരിക്കുന്നു.

Apolitical Intellectuals

Otto René Castillo (1934 – 1967) a Guatemalan poet and revolutionary. Image Credits: www.publicogt.com

Disclaimer: The literal translations provided here are for a basic understanding of the poems, and in no way do justice to the poetic genius of Habib Jalib or to Urdu poetry. The poems are built around similes, metaphors and symbols that are difficult, if not impossible to translate.

The energy around women's issues in India is heartening and it makes me very happy. Of the many things that I adore about feminism, one of my favorite, is its ability to allow many feminisms to co-exist. That it does recognize that there is no one universal woman and that this world is large enough to accommodate our different needs.