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About walkerjay

The author, N. Jayaram, a journalist now based in Bangalore after more than 23 years in East Asia (mainly Hong Kong and Beijing) and 11 years in New Delhi, was with the Press Trust of India news agency for 15 years and Agence France-Presse for 11 years and is currently engaged in editing and translating for NGOs and academic institutions.

HEAT AND DUST IN BANGALORE AND DELHI

During my childhood and youth in Bangalore many decades ago, we never had a fan or a refrigerator at home. We still don’t have an air-conditioner, although it gets unbearably hot in parts of the west-facing house in the afternoons. … Continue reading

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DEAR COW,

I have seen you many times during my peregrinations around the area where I live and where you are confined. A few times I have bent down to touch your forehead and your cheeks, acknowledging and celebrating your presence and … Continue reading

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PITYING THE PERPETRATORS

On the sidelines of a press conference of the Bangalore Bus Prayaanikara Vedike (commuters’ forum), a survivor of sexual harassment narrated her recent experience on the city’s Metro. She’d complained to the police, who hauled in the perpetrators – white … Continue reading

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DEATH OF A CAT

A stock reaction from a section of people reading about the tragedy befalling a non-human animal is to say: “why are you grieving over this cat/dog/donkey when there are people dying of hunger and are getting killed in war zones?” … Continue reading

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WHOSE DAY IS IT TODAY?

International Labour Day 2013 has been and gone and today is another day. Vast numbers of workers are back to wallowing in disunity, uninvited to lose their chains. And on this the 2nd of May, I have three disjointed thoughts: … Continue reading

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A PAEAN TO ALL THE GOOD PEOPLE OF HONG KONG

(Hong Kongers have been celebrating the Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival, the biggest holiday of the year and my thoughts turn to the city from where I moved a year ago after a total 16 years’ stay … Continue reading

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WHY NOT BOYCOTT ALL REPUBLIC DAYS?

Many Indians have declared via social networking sites that they intend boycotting this year’s Republic Day (January 26), in the wake of last month’s gang-rape (now also -murder) incident in New Delhi. It is possible that some of them boycott … Continue reading

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LET INDEPENDENT DOGS BE

Having ousted sparrows, albeit inadvertently, from Bangalore and some other cities, the Karnataka state authorities have set their sights on deliberately banishing another species which too is a source of great delight to vast numbers of humans – independent canines, … Continue reading

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ON SEEING THE FILM GARM HAVA FOR THE THIRD TIME

Garm Hava (Scorching Winds) is one of the best Indian films made yet and is likely to remain so into the foreseeable future. It takes a most sensitive, gentle and dignified look at the travails of a Muslim family which … Continue reading

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AN INDIAN WOULD-BE VEGAN’S DEFENCE OF BEEF-EATING

A tin of non-dairy coffee whitener sits unused. And my attempts at replacing yogurt (curd) with a soya-based substitute for my consumption have thus far been rebuffed by my mother who keeps me fed since my return to India earlier … Continue reading

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SUFI BALM FOR TROUBLED TIMES

An urs, or commemoration of the death of a Sufi philosopher-poet-singer, began in Kasur/Qasur, in Pakistan on Friday, August 24, and someone posted a few lines on Facebook from a beautiful poem anyone – atheist or believer – can identify … Continue reading

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CELEBRATING WITH THE PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN

Since I chanced upon the Tweets and Facebook updates a few days ago of Beena Sarwar, a leading journalist, artist and filmmaker in Pakistan, I have been feasting on a rich repast of articles, blogs and commentaries that show how … Continue reading

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