Writing as a Calling

By Mark Antony Rossi  The greatest challenge facing the modern writer is not questionable talent or the shifting publishing industry, those are common misunderstood refrains who hear a lot on social media from people who think their novel on alien invasion — it is the absolute tenacity necessary to make […]

July 22, 2018 · 5 comments · Articles

How Huxley Haunts Me

By Mark Antony Rossi I did not mean to steal it. I have always regarded the place with the reverence of a church. But once I got an audiocassette of the narrated version of Huxley’s “Brave New World” from the local public library I never returned it. I meant no […]

July 15, 2018 · 0 comments · Articles

Candle March

By Shobha Diwakar Rapes and candle march seem to have become synonymous terms. Who are the gallant young men who organize these dramatic rallies and profess to shed unshed tears for those innocent babes who lose their life and struggle to survive amidst propaganda? Young schoolchildren who probably do not […]

July 15, 2018 · 4 comments · Articles

Up Ending the Silence

By Mark Antony Rossi What secret sorrow does the average person carry forth in their daily lives? Is there a conversation going on that suddenly stops? And why does a rope have to be the only answer? These are the questions that rattle my brain when I secretly inquire if […]

July 1, 2018 · 0 comments · Articles

Mango: An Indigenous Approach to Nutrition

By Ranjit K. Sahu and Dwiti Chandra Sahu Mango, the Ayurvedic king of fruits, plays a very important role in the economy and nutrition in many parts of Odisha, especially in the tribal areas. With large swathes of mango trees, mostly of wild varieties, found in the deep forests of tribal […]

June 17, 2018 · 7 comments · Articles

Falsehood is a Plantation

By Mark Antony Rossi Lies are usually not believed as much as simply accepted by those who fall into these three categories: It’s what they want to hear Too lazy to verify the facts Can be sold about anything This allows falsehood to morph into a metaphorical plantation seducing its […]

June 17, 2018 · 3 comments · Articles

When Family Doesn’t Understand Your Writing

By Mark Antony Rossi Your family doesn’t understand your writing: it’s an age-old dilemma that rears its two-faced head again and again.    I won’t recommend offering disrespect to loved ones. Especially if you deeply feel their conduct towards your pursuit is exceedingly disrespectful. I am not one to counsel […]

June 10, 2018 · 2 comments · Articles

What Happens to Childhood Dreams

By Sriranjani Manivasagam I happened to recently view the interview of Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi – the first Indian woman fighter pilot to fly solo, on the YouTube channel National Defense. There, she delivers an important message to all parents. She says that parents should always nurture their child’s dream […]

June 3, 2018 · 5 comments · Articles

Leaf Plates: A Sustainable Link Between Urban and Rural Populations

By Ranjit K Sahu, Sanjukta Panda and Ravi Shankar Behera Leaves and leaf plates have been used as utensils from times immemorial  before the advent of disposable plastics. Plates/bowls made from leaves and leaves of  plantain/bananas  were the main serving surfaces during feasts and festivals in the Indian subcontinent. From the […]

May 27, 2018 · 0 comments · Articles

Leeches Are Only a Click Away

By Mark Antony Rossi I’ve been meaning to write this particular column for quite some time. Distractions abound. But it’s close to my heart nevertheless. I promise. There’s practically a cottage industry out there seeking to help writers — for a price. A big price! I called one out the […]

May 20, 2018 · 1 comment · Articles