An Ubuntu nostalgia

This image evokes nostalgia. Ubuntu 8.10 ‘Intrepid Ibex’ was the first @ubuntu_os distribution I used. It came with my desktop computer, and at that time the devices in our computer lab were running a customized version of the GNU OS, called IT@School GNU/Linux. (Since 2006 I guess, Kerala has the policy of promoting Open Source …

Justice, me and a bike ride.

If I am asked what defines me, I'd say curiosity. The curiosity of a five years-old that drives him to open an abandoned box he found on the street. I think I never grew up - I still trust strangers, I listen to their stories, and I yearn to wander. I make immature decisions, and I'm impulsive.

ഉസ്ക്കൂളോർമ

ഒരിടവപ്പാതിയുടെ മഴച്ചോർച്ചയിൽ പരിചിതമായ ഇടവഴിയിലൂടെ വഴുതിവീഴലിനെ ഭയക്കാതെ ഓടിച്ചെന്നിരുന്നത് നാട്ടുമാവിൻ ചുവട്ടിലേക്കാണ്. അവിടെ, വേനൽ ബാക്കിവെച്ച എണ്ണം പറഞ്ഞ മാമ്പഴങ്ങൾ - പഴുത്തതും പഴുക്കാത്തതും - വീണുകാണും. അതിലെ ചെളി ട്രൗസറിൽ തുടച്ച് കടിച്ചീമ്പി പുളിപ്പ് നുണഞ്ഞ് തിരിച്ചു നടക്കവേ തലേന്ന് വെച്ചുകുത്തി വിരൽ മുറിഞ്ഞ വെള്ളാരങ്കല്ലിനെ ശ്രദ്ധിക്കാതിരുന്നുകാണില്ല.‌

Avalabetta Ride

After some days of tormented existence and troubled sleep-cycles; I had realized that it was time to let it go. That I was not guilty, and it didn't deserve any of my time. I was lying down on my bed next to the readings for Arun's class, in a state of new-found comfort, listening to …

Adieu, Shamnad.

June 2014 was crucial month for me. A 19 year old me, a small town boy who was doing his first semester in a Government Law College, had to take a major decision. He had somehow managed to make it to a National Law University; and had to decide whether to join that institution paying …

Soaring gun-violence rates – is Stricter Regulation the Answer?

“The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.” - Argues Jeff Cooper, the creator of the "modern technique" of handgun shooting for self defense in his book “The Art of Rifle”. While the statement might be true in it’s spirit, the reality draws a different picture. Goodness remains a term that lacks clarity in definition, and a lion-share of killings are perpetrated by individuals who identify themselves to be good. Let it be due to religious terrorism or a war between nations, lives were taken by individuals who believed what they did was right, and for the good.

A space called family

This part of my NUALS life, this little part, this beautiful bunch, was called happiness. It will be missed. The people, the moments, those whom we were able to help, and everything about it.

About the Plus Two fiasco

This story begins in 2012, when yours truly was a kid busy ruining his eleventh grade. Prior to that, he used to be pretty good in academics, used to participate in co-curricular activities, and had the image of a good kid. The kind of kid whom your parents (If you had an average - middle-class …

Some thoughts on the Niqab controversy

Kerala's 'Muslim Educational Society', an organization established in 1964 and registered under the Societies Registration Act attracted national attention recently when they introduced a ban on 'all forms of clothing that covers one's face' among the students in educational institutions run by them. The society, one among the pioneers in Kerala's Muslim renaissance movement runs …