Volunteer Diary

Celebrating alternate sexuality

An insensitive and ignorant society labels them eunuchs, hermaphrodites, kojja, ali, ombathu, and so on. But they prefer theterms hijra, kothi, jogappa, panthi, mangalamukhi, gay, lesbian, intersex, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, etc. Often ostracized by their

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Deepa's Jottings

Without electricity…

Yesterday I saw this group of men, in a tea-shop, playing this traditional "Ludo"-like game, which is called "Gatta": The game can go on all day, pausing while the players transact their business.  And later

Deepa's Jottings

Ganesha Chaturthi

Here’s the image of Ganesha which was installed and worshipped in our apartment building today: As I photographed the homa being conducted, I fancied that I could see the image of Ganesha in the flames:

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Deepa's Jottings

Familiar or New?

Every classical music artiste faces, I think, the same dilemma after having finished the "AlApanai" of the rAgam. Will the audience be in a mood to listen carefully to the structure and lyrics of a