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01 Oct

Chottanikkara Temple – God’s Abode in God’s Own Country

Chottanikkara Temple – A Brief History A temple is, in common parlance, the dwelling place of the divine. Primitive man’s urge to make concrete his relationship with the forces of nature by means of substantial architectural edifices commanding attention and inspiring awe resulted in the birth of temples. Gradually, with the passage of time, man’s relation with his C

12 Sep

The City of Gold- Translation from Chinese

The City of Gold By Chinese Poet Yuan Hongri (Translated  by Manu Mangattu)   Ah! Into a pleasant hallway of gold Thou did the crystal of the sky mould. A shining City of Gold Chanting unto me from far afield. Into the golden gate I strode A palace colossal to behold. Without, a soaring Tower did dazzle A towering wondrous Grand Castle. I

12 Sep

The Coast of Time- Translation from Chinese

The Coast of Time By Chinese Poet Yuan Hongri (Translated by Manu Mangattu)   In the pink and white golden words Of the day outside the garden of gods Is the hometown of thy soul. Far before the world was born The prehistoric giants in gold Engraved the epic of times to be born To tell thee, from outer skies the city of the giant Will once a

12 Sep

The Prehistoric Giants- Translation from Chinese

The Prehistoric Giants By Chinese Poet Yuan Hongri (Translated by Manu Mangattu)   I live in the very eyes of the stone I am the light of the light, The core of the universe. Out of water and fire I emerge Yes, churning water, turning fire. There was a time, in black and white, when The space of the galaxy was resplendent with colours. The world

17 Aug

Tilbury and Spoon River: A Study in Contrast

Tilbury and Spoon River: A Study in Contrast The two mythical communities, Tilbury and Spoon River, have attained a kind of immortality in literature by being home to a queer assemblage of men and women whose lives are conspicuously devoid of any achievement, at least in the worldly sense of the term. Some of them are born failures, some will their lives into failures through, if anyt

07 Aug

Mohanlal's Vismayam: Movie Review

Vismayam: Another Mohanlal Masterclass  Vismayam (2016) penned and directed by Chandra Shekhar Yeleti and starring Mohanlal and Goutami, is an emphatic assertion of age-old Indian values. The movie unequivocally proclaims that love’s labours are never lost; the wages may be delayed but never denied. The first part of the movie is admittedly uninspiring and seems to d