Urging you to ‘keep your cool’.

A group of kind souls come together to discuss the invaluable attributes of one of India’s finest brands for cranial luxury.They deserve all your attention.They operate from here.

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Baba Amte and Maharshi Mahesh Yogi are no more.

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Among the things to whine about this week was the case of a girl student at a college in Patan, Gujarat, who was gang-raped repeatedly over six months under the threat of black-marking her internal assessment by the Staff of her institution.The White Ribbon campaign along with Sahiyar Stree Sanghatan, Baroda drafted this petition which Sahiyar aims to take to the Government of India.And Nazariya, an initiative of Drishti, Ahmedabad has set up this blog in order to collect opinions and solidarity for the victim.

Please take the time to read and sign this appeal to create Sexual Harrassment Committees in Educational Institutions across the country.

Among the things which are positive and which you could always count me in with is the Open Source movement in India.Yesterday, Barkha of Linux Chix India and I gave presentations at the GNU Linux and FOSS Awareness Day at Lala Lajpat Rai College in Mumbai .My presentation traces the analogies that can be drawn between open source technology and some key moments in the history of art.

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I also gave away some White Ribbons at the finale of the Kala Ghoda Festival‘s Grand Closing Event, just before Shubha Mudgal sang an amazing compilation of protest poetry and music from the work of Faiz, Sahir Ludhianvi,Ibn Isha…

The evening’s protest music concert, “Geet virodh aur Pratirodh ke” was organised by Open Space, Pune.What an evening that was! Shubha Mudgal, boldly and bravely broke all the false gods we’ve held, without a quiver in her voice, in a repertoire which began with “Gar ho sake to ab koyi shamma jalaiye…” and culminated with Faiz’s “Hum dekhenge, laazim hai ke hum bhi dekhenge.”

And to close this post I must bring you a highlight from the Kala Ghoda Festival for me, which is from a session called Mumbai by Design, a conglomeration of designers like Divya Thakur, Mortimer Chatterjee, Matthieu Foss and Krishna Mehta.The session brought to light the current scenario within Indian Design and the excitement and promises that it holds for the future.Indeed , I think that artists and designers in India need to stop worrying about a distinct identity, be it brand Mumbai or brand India.To quote from a Nigerian Music producer in a documentary about the emerging music industry in Nigeria, “you have to look around you, find and do things which are typical to you, and be proud of them.”

Last, from a political artist’s greatest boon in the absence of image editing software , the Banner generator, this is just the kind of boost we all need.

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“Gar ho Sake to Ab Koyi Shamma Jalaaiye

Is daur-e-siyaasat ka andhera mitaaiye”

[If you can, then light a torch today,

and end the darkness this era of politics has brought ]

-Anonymous.

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