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.

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 …

Sonder Moments

Being an introvert myself, journeys with a large number of people have never been my thing. So, I didn't have to think twice before deciding to abstain from the batch trip that my classmates were planning to Goa. I was getting one week's free time, and I decided to explore north India. I visited New Delhi, Agra, Madhura, Dehradun, Mussoorie and Rishikesh. This note however, is not about the places or the journey. This is about the wonderful people I met through the journey.

On how WhatsApp went back on their word and about a good alternative

It was a Friday. After surviving 5 hours of horribly soporific lectures on Law, like most other Fridays, I headed to my hostel room with the pleasure of having a couple of weekend holidays. Reached room and pulled out my phone, plugged in the earphones and fell into a nap. When I woke up, few …

The Suicide note of a Low-caste Hindu Man

You were voluble When you talked of love. Love, You said, was eternal. Nay, divine! -something beyond eternity. I couldn't get you, For I never knew your God, Nor heaven. I was naive; Innocent. None lied to me till that. Our Gods lived in roofless temples, Sacred groves, Sometimes slept beside us. You were voluble, …

About the Kiss of Love Movement and Heckler’s Veto

There's an old adage that history repeats itself, first time as a tragedy and then as a farce. This was what I was reminded of, when Kiss In The Street demonstration against moral policing was dealt with force by both the police and right wing extremists in the streets of Calicut. Before that, Kiss Of …