Honeyland – A documentary that explores the bitter-sweet dilemmas of bee-ing human

Rarely does a documentary capture a story and its settings in such breathtaking detail. From the sweeping, stark Balkan landscape to the palpable buzz of a bee trying to cling to a floating leaf, Honeyland is as much a visual treat, as it is a narrative masterpiece. Set in a remote Macedonian village, the documentaryContinue reading “Honeyland – A documentary that explores the bitter-sweet dilemmas of bee-ing human”

A humble new world

It was the third store to have run out of the ingredient I was looking for – yeast. I wasn’t surprised though. Almost a third of the world population has been under some form of lock-down for the past few months in a bid to contain a pandemic that may become a part and parcelContinue reading “A humble new world”

The ecological aesthetics of Hayao Miyazaki

Miyazaki’s films are deceptively simple. Author Maria Popova, once commented on how good children’s books speak “a language of absolute sincerity, so deliciously countercultural in our age of cynicism.” Miyazaki’s films are imbued with a similar quality of tenderness, without compromising on the complexity of the moral landscape. Their universal appeal is perhaps a testimonyContinue reading “The ecological aesthetics of Hayao Miyazaki”

Lost and never found: Dispatches from the dispossessed

“My world, my Earth is a ruin. A planet spoiled by the human species. We multiplied and fought and gobbled until there was nothing left, and then we died. We controlled neither appetite nor violence; we did not adapt. We destroyed ourselves. But we destroyed the world first.”―Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed “the landscapeContinue reading “Lost and never found: Dispatches from the dispossessed”

What’s in a name?

I still remember the decisiveness with which I decided to give up biology in higher education after glancing at the books that seemed to be filled with taxonomic nightmares. “How does memorizing the name of plant count as education?” I remarked to a friend. The teachers made no efforts to make the subject remotely interesting,Continue reading “What’s in a name?”

To hell with good intentions

“When animals stray into human habitat, they call it conflict. When humans encroach wildlife areas, it supposedly becomes co-existence…” remarked Shekar in a tone that barely hid his anger and frustration stemming from years of fighting the uphill battle for wildlife preservation. A wildlife and conservation film-maker by profession, Shekar moved away from making televisionContinue reading “To hell with good intentions”

For the love of the earth

Though my ears were still ringing as I got off the patent rickety state transport bus of Maharashtra, it didn’t miss the crackle of dry leaves carpeting the dirt road. I have grown up amidst the crowded lanes of Delhi, and as a result was the typical urban millennial until a series of experiences convincedContinue reading “For the love of the earth”