I’ve been zealous through March and done a lot of reading, listening and viewing. Earlier in the year (yes, a quarter has gone by and it’s fine to say that now!) I initiated a social media clean-up across my feed-reader, twitter following, pinboards and Quora following. I was looking for great content rather than multiple connections to the same people. This may be what has caused this outpouring of great reads, viewing & listening. I’m considering making this a weekly feature from the month of April. Also, The Idea-smithy’s Facebook Page is a community and not just one person’s broadcast. I’ll be happy to take on suggestions for posts and even guest posts. Let me know what you think of all this in the comments. Here’s what glorious March was like:
- These are some very good reasons why not to and how not to – social etiquette in the digital age.
‘All the Rage: Avoiding the Angry Email‘ (via Psychology Today)
- March 1 was is global Self Injury Awareness Day. The issue of self-harm is swept under the rug because it is misunderstood, scary, “too real,” weird, “selfish,” and an array of other dismissive adjectives.
‘On Quitting Self-Harm‘ (via Thought Catalog)
- Doesn’t Saawariya have a very Barfee feel to it? It probably didn’t work the first time round and figuring nobody noticed, maybe that idea got recycled. If you don’t agree, consider this a nostalgia pick anyway:
Saawariya – The Title track
- A beautiful poem-story about displacement, love, loss, hope and fear: ‘Roots‘ (via Christina Says)
- This quirky fiction-piece about a man reborn as a dog, surprisingly, appeared on Thought Catalog. – ‘When I am a dog, I’m barking‘
- My country seen through the eyes of two Americans who came biking – and the lessons they took back from it. ‘
How India changed us‘ (via Thought Catalog)
- What gets shared in silences (via Zen Garage)
Marina Abramovic & Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again.At her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, where she shared a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing and this is what happened.
- A delightful retort to the grammar-Nazis. I say this even as I see mirth in misspelling. (via Stephen Fry, link courtesy Ronaan Roy)
- Love & hurt in the time of Facebook & Twitter: ‘
The Un-friending Friend‘ (via Coco J. Ginger)
- Government bureaucracy that calls a nursery life-threatening. Mumbai, you’re amazing in a devastating manner sometimes:
A nursery’s appeal for help against being shut down (via Vriksha Nursery)
- Four poems from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara penned by Javed Akhtar and declaimed by Farhan Akhtar, on identity, love, pain and inspiration.
- Raw and painful and beautiful: ‘
Your Little Sister‘ (via Coco J. Ginger)
- I have to say I find it appalling that the company that brings out Fair & Lovely dares talk about real beauty, albeit through another brand called Dove:
‘Dove Canada uses Photoshop Trojan Horse to shame potential Body-Shamers‘ (via Fastcocreate)
- Who says there’s no poetry in science?
A poem by Richard Feynman:
“…atoms with consciousness
matter with curiosity
Stands at the sea wondering:
I, a universe of atoms…”
- On that most difficult and nebulous of deaths – forgetting.: ‘
Fundamentals of a Funeral Fire‘ (via Atul Sabnis)
- Let your imagination be your tour guide.: ‘
10 Imaginary Countries in Books‘ (via Publishers Weekly)
- A modern day love story. So much better. So much hope. I love, I love.: ‘
A truth, cryptically told‘ (via Neha Vishwanathan)
- The train of thoughts that a snakebite can send you on: ‘
An Article of Faith‘ (in Deccan Herald)
- How we complicate our lives and lose sight of what matters (
‘Masquerade’ by The Carpenters on Youtube)
“Are we really happy with these lonely games we play?
Looking for the right words to say
Searching but not finding, understanding anyway
We’re lost in this masquerade.”
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