7
May

Sepia Leaves: a Podcast

   Posted by: aman   in Sepia Leaves

Dear Friends,

It has been 15 years since ‘Sepia Leaves’ was published. The book remains in circulation. Each year, many request copies. I keep sending them far and wide.

A few days back, a new mental health platform MyndStories conducted an interview with me on the book. If I can say this myself: it came out very well.

The podcast is in English – 55 minutes, 55 seconds. I think worth your time. Do listen. We talk about the book, care giving and self care. Thank you Ankit Narasimhan and Smitha Murthy.

30
Apr

Review: PANJAB Jinna Rahan Di Main Saar Na Janna

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Dear friends,

In the last three months since the book came out, I have seen many Facebook and other social media posts on PANJAB Jinna Rahan Di Main Saar Na Janna, the Panjabi translation of PANJAB Journeys Through Fault Lines. But I was awaiting a full fledged review.

It came yesterday with Gurpreet Danny writing in webzine Punjabi Bulletin. Please see review here …

25
Apr

The Telegraph: On Modi address on Guru Tegh Bahadur

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Dear Friends,

A few days back, PM Modi addressed the nation on Guru Tegh Bahadur’s birth anniversary. By and large, the Sikh community brushed it aside, did not respond to it.

That is because, the Sikh cultural and religious psyche upholds the principles their Gurus advocated, not the literal stories Hindutva tries to appropriate to advance it’s Islamophobia.

Pheroze Vincent from The Telegraph talks to Sikhs scholars and quotes me too in his piece. Please read …

19
Apr

GroundXero: on Middle Class

   Posted by: aman   in Other, Punjab

Dear Friends,

yesterday I made a Facebook post and Pramod Gupta from GroundXero was kind to ask me if they can publish it.

Please read …

31
Mar

On oneating.in: On Langar at the Farmers Protest

   Posted by: aman   in Other

Dear Friends,

I was intrigued when Sumana Roy and Kunal Ray started their oneating website. In the past Sumana and I have cooked some projects together but they never materialised. In October, when Sumana asked me for an article on the Langar at the Farm Protest, I was happy it would be featured on oneating. Sukhjit Singh contributed massively to the article. Thank you!

The Farmers Protests were suspended in December ’21, but I am glad oneating has still featured this article, not only in English but translated into Panjabi by Jashan Preet Kaur and Hindi by Vandana Rag. Thank you so much. Through the protests I saw how Jaskaran Singh Rana’s photographs brought the events home and thanks to Gurdeep Dhaliwal, I am so glad JK Photography has contributed to the essay. Kunal has cared immensely for the essays. Thank you!

I think such documentation would be important when future activists and scholars try to map and learn from the largest protests in the history of the world.

Please click on these links to read:

English

Panjabi

Hindi

Dear Friends,

Pheroze Vincent from The Telegraph spoke to me yesterday about AAP’s nominations to Rajya Sabha from Panjab. Notice AAP is facing internal criticism as well.

Please read …

Dear Friends,

in the last 30 years since school, I have never taken a physical education class. I have walked a fair bit in my life, I am a walker, but have studiously stayed away from anything more than that much exercise. I am middle-aged now, stout; I do not care much for what I wear, how I look. I am food agnostic. Yet, one October morning last year, I enrolled for BARPS – a somatic technique conceptualised by dancer and somatic master Navtej Johar.

Here is my experience. Please read …

 

13
Mar

Panjab Elections: The Hindu podcast

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Dear Friends,

I know, many like me are stunned at Panjab’s choice. This is for you. We are trying to keep dialogue going.

G Sampat from The Hindu spoke to me about AAP’s tremendous win in Panjab. Here are my views on the present and the future of the party which will now govern Panjab. I believe the Panjabis are a robust people but bad politicking over decades has placed Panjab in a precarious place and hope through better governance and development AAP provides the healing touch the state needs.

Please listen, 29 minutes, English.

13
Mar

Panjab Elections: On a Panel for Punjab Television

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Dear Friends,

it was my pleasure yesterday to join Prof Surinder Singh Jodhka on a panel discussion for Punjab Television on AAP forming the new government in Panjab.

Please see here …

 

12
Mar

Panjab Elections: Comment in News Click

   Posted by: aman   in Punjab

Dear Friends,

Ravi Kaushal from News Click spoke to me and others on elections results.

Here are our views …