A poem I wrote sometime two years back about the human nature’s destructive ideological certainty. Initially I was frustrated by such a tendency on the Right, but recently I’ve started noticing it on the Left too where it grew dangerously in the last few years.
Some time back I was requested to do some branding work for Travel o’ Wiki. The catch was that they had a shoestring budget in terms of starting off their brand and required core collaterals — mostly a Logo, Mascot, Letterhead and Business Card — for the launch of their website.
They also required specific colors for their brand — black and orange — although, I believed adding byzantium would enhance the brand.
Considering this was my first major branding project, I did my best to create the necessary collaterals, including the mascot in several poses and various uses.
Before I begin, let me ask you this: Is it really THAT hard (particularly for ideologues) to write a poem without making a political statement?
Good lord, it’s getting harder and harder to find poems on Youtube that are NOT Far-Left / Neo-Progressive or Far-Right Religious tripe. Not that I mind listening to them (some of them are pretty good), but they’re so riddled with… bullshit.
On top of THAT, it’s almost as if most poets are worried their art will have no meaning if they don’t shoehorn Social Justice messages into it. I mean, we all love SJW-ism once in a while, but does is nobody write something that makes you overcome with WONDER anymore? Does nobody tell a story anymore?
On my brief contract with DSKIC, among many other things I was asked to redesign their website. One of the core points in the brief was to keep it traditionally familiar (along similar lines as the Rubika website), and yet upgrade the looks as well as the interface to fit in with modern times. After the upgrade, I eventually handed the administration of the site back to the school.
Disclaimer: I don’t claim to be an expert in politics, but I’ve been doing my fair share of study and this is what I’ve observed. If you disagree with me on anything, feel free to critique my views.
The “Pune Poetry Slam” movement officially began at November of 2013, when a group of school students — inspired by western poets like Phil Kaye, Sarah Kay and Anis Mojgani — decided to start their own small slam sessions in the city. Ever since then, the Spoken Word culture of Pune exploded city-wide, inviting poets of many origins and professions, from different parts of the country.
I decided to illustrate some of these most regular and amazing poets of the year ’14 as a means to celebrate their art.
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?
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).
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?)