Imagine A Stick — On Arts and Psychology, and a Minuscule Bit of Politics

Talking about Art and Psychology, but might also con­tain a bit of insight on Politics.

They say imag­i­na­tion encir­cles the world. That’s a good view, but it’s also way too utopic. Truth is, even though imag­i­na­tion may not nec­es­sar­i­ly be “finite”, it is still sus­cep­ti­ble to human lim­i­ta­tions. These lim­i­ta­tions vary from per­son to per­son, and affects many instances of our lives (and even our beliefs).

How do you find out the lim­its of your own imag­i­na­tion?

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An Empathetic Note On “Men Not Being Able To Express Their Feelings”

I under­stand that this has more to do with indi­vid­ual traits matu­ri­ty rather than gen­der (which is why I’ll nev­er be an MRA), but for some rea­son iden­ti­ty pol­i­tics like Feminism seem to mis­con­strue the phe­nom­e­non of “men not being able to express their feel­ings”, tying them up with Patriarchy. How they do it, what they think it means, I won’t get into the details of it because you already know the nar­ra­tive.
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An Open Letter To The Feminists Who Still Defend Liberal Principles

Ever since the Fourth Wave has begun, I’ve noticed a trend recent­ly, espe­cial­ly in Social Media: Most indi­vid­u­als only seem to “befriend” each oth­er, not because they have some­thing in com­mon or want to get along in a social­ly healthy way, but because every­one seems to be want­i­ng to “con­nect” with poten­tial polit­i­cal allies, and ditch­ing them entire­ly when they don’t seem to be (such as being “seem­ing­ly racist” when crit­i­ciz­ing the sit­u­a­tion with Islam / Saudi Arabia, when they’re in fact not racists).

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Do Anti-Feminists Understand Feminism?

Some thoughts on Anti-Feminism.

Everytime some­one begins to cri­tique — or even out­right unfair­ly slams — Feminism, one of the most com­mon respons­es is the old script­ed and regur­gi­tat­ed line, “You don’t under­stand Feminism”. This is iron­ic, con­sid­er­ing Feminism at large doesn’t real­ly under­stand why any­one would be opposed to the ide­ol­o­gy either (they often assume it’s because “Male Supremacists don’t wan­na give away pow­er” or “want the right to rape”, which is non­sen­si­cal because… who the heck in their right minds would want the RIGHT to RAPE?)

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Musings: Languages, Cultures and Conflicts. Why We Suck At Communicating

Contrary to pop­u­lar belief (and I could again put “Feminism” as an exam­ple here, but I digress), words and lan­guages aren’t a mono­lith. Not only do their def­i­n­i­tions, or even core “mean­ing” beyond def­i­n­i­tions, change through time but they are also extreme­ly mal­leable. In fact, a giv­en “bad word” may mean as some­thing offen­sive today but can also be a badge of hon­or tomor­row (unless you’re per­sis­tent about keep­ing it that way). Such words include “nerds” and “geeks”, the val­ues of which was neg­a­tive a decade back but now is wide­ly accept­ed by pop­u­lar sci­en­tists to describe them­selves.

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Keeping The ‘Kalam’ In Hand

A pas­sion­ate engi­neer. A reluc­tant politi­cian. A man who was so intel­lec­tu­al­ly and empa­thet­i­cal­ly con­nect­ed with the youth of this nation that his birth­day is regard­ed as World Students Day.

A trag­ic news det­o­nat­ed across the inter­net: The People’s President had passed away due to car­diac arrest. Knowing this, the social media flood­ed with remorse, ven­er­a­tions and even sto­ries of the man’s intel­li­gence, accom­plish­ments and — above all — his kind­ness.

This isn’t one of those sto­ries. There’s plen­ty of them else­where.

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(Short Story) Keep Calm And Kill

There is Us. There is Them. And in between… there are Echoes.

Originally post­ed on CampusDiaries.

Intro

I wrote this sto­ry in a day, with­out prepa­ra­tions, on a giv­en theme for Words’ Worth com­pe­ti­tion at 30th of December. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to fin­ish the sto­ry in time. That’s total­ly okay, because I was only in it for the chal­lenge, and I’m hap­py.

The theme was dichotomies and bina­ry words (exam­ple: Hot-Cold, Big-Small, etc.) where one can be esti­mat­ed in com­par­i­son with anoth­er. Considering I’ve been voic­ing about a cer­tain dichoto­my in our very lives for a while now, the “Us-Them” bina­ry has was the first thing that hit me, which result­ed in me writ­ing this sto­ry in my stream-of-con­scious­ness. This is also an exten­sion of my poem “Imaginary Lines”.

Hope you enjoy read­ing this as much as I enjoyed writ­ing!

Disclaimer: This is pure­ly fic­tion­al. None of the char­ac­ters or set­tings rep­re­sent any­thing or any­one in real life, nor does it por­tray accu­rate­ly how the mil­i­tary func­tions. I’m tak­ing artis­tic lib­er­ties here. Also, despite the fic­tion­al set­ting, I do take inspi­ra­tion from real events – such as sol­diers being aban­doned after their ser­vices, CIA tor­tures, sex­u­al war-crimes by armed forces, etc. – to get a point across. I’ve inten­tion­al­ly left most char­ac­ters name­less to keep them amor­phous, so it becomes eas­i­er to imag­ine them as just about any­one from any group, race or polit­i­cal lean­ing.

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