In her poem, Mumbai, Mamta Agarwal recalls the exhilaration, mystery, nostalgic preconceptions, and anticipations of geographical change—the effect such a shift can have on the self. "Every day I realize, life is a gift... despite pain and sorrow, there is so much beauty around to help one surface up from bottomless trenches of darkness."

Naila Claudia Schulte is still trying to figure out why caring about those beyond one's family and friends should label someone "political." A gifted poet, she counts among her influences the great Sufi sage, M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen...

David Kraus, in his latest article about the Greek situation, writes: "as the Euro deflates into oblivion... the dollar as a currency will also deflate... None of this was inevitable nor did it happen by accident."  Will Americans be able to learn anything from the Greeks? Slavoj Žižek, Alexis Tsipras, and Oliver Stone at the Subversive Festival 2013 in Zagreb.  Photo Copyright 2013 by Robert Crc in the Public Domain   

 "From within its covers, laced between the pages, he pulled about ten 4 x 5inch portraits of Indian faces executed in oil pastels, overlaid with color patches in distinct forms. The colors were ones that Gaugin had used—orange beside purple beside apple green, varieties of yellow, cerulean blue and black," wrote Marilyn Pink, the gallery owner, as she recalls her initial impression of a young Aaron Freeland and her personal introduction to his talent.  

From 2014... Anton Corbijn's screen adaptation of John le Carre's novel is a sophisticated thriller, one that is more character-driven than action-filled. Yet it is absolutely gripping and has much to contribute to the dialogue about the surveillance state, the "war on terror" and civil liberties. By James Williamson ​ 

In the tradition of the great Italian neorealist films of the forties and the films of Satyajit Ray, Richie Mehta has created one of the most moving and accurate portrayals of India in decades.  A review of 'Siddharth' by James Williamson  (From 2014...) Photograph courtesy of Zeitgeist Films 

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