Ayodhya was remembered,18 years? no, 60 years? no, many, many Ramadans later, and on this Shawwal Thursday evening, after the text and the subtext had been pored over, young and old alike gathered, outside places of worship, at addas, on phone and online, and at homes and teashops, with friends, family, neither Christmas nor Easter but surely thanksgiving, some sad, some mad, many afraid, and a good number glad. A step ahead leaves a lot behind.
Powerbrokers of religion / (religions), instead of helping bring about peace have been using the vulnerability of a suffering and growingly questioning people to hard sell (when you feel beaten much any kind of sell works) their wares. This time round, the people chilled and did not buy.
John Lennon turns 70 this October. Twitters on, he does!! One truly wonders what he would have tweeted today. The only two people who have never died are John Lennon and Prasad Guha. Like Elvis’ ghost, they pop up at hours of darkness and in cloudy harvest moon nights. Lennon managed to not "achieve" what Hendrix, Joplin and Jim Morrison did, but he couldn't not get shot either. But as luck would have it, he didn't die, he couldn't, and never will.
Ramapada Chowdhury won an International Award. That link is an ad, Don't click it. I intend to find something that's better than that listing of his work. Readers' help welcome. A curious hat off to him for an amazing life.
What maddeningly kind skill can we learn this week?
Waste time. Just not your own.