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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.

OF DONKEYS AND ONE WOMAN’S PERIODS

On joining a social networking site in mid-2010 I noticed that most people had posted some picture or other – their own or their canine or feline companions’. So I put one up of a donkey on a street, a jaywalker, … Continue reading

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HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE DEATH PENALTY: FROM THE MOUTHS OF LITTLE KIDS

A nephew of mine, Jayasimha Yashas,  who teaches in a government primary school in Chennai/Madras while on two years’ sabbatical working for one of India’s foremost IT companies, invited me to speak to his young charges while I was in … Continue reading

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MY NINE DAYS IN DALTONGANJ JAIL

(With a long prologue, longer epilogue and a short main section) Exactly 40 years ago, on the evening of 3rdSeptember 1974, I entered the jail in Daltonganj, headquarters of Palamu district (then of Bihar, now of Jharkhand state) and was … Continue reading

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SPEAKING WELL, AND ILL, OF U.R. ANANTHAMURTHY

(After Margaret Thatcher’s death, there was a brief discussion among many people on social media about the acceptability or otherwise of speaking ill of the recently dead. My takeaway was that we simply need to tell it like it is. … Continue reading

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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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