Million eyes gaze on your facade,
You make tranquil in our heart and sense
Transcend minds to ease mortal miseries
Bequeath myriad verse to rhymesters
Bestow maudlin tides to aficionados
Wherever ascending or descending
We glimpse the inimitable veneer
Rhythmic to synchronous revolution
You stoop to no one’s supremacy
No colorful charade in any milieu
You are primed of stone and sludge
But flesh and blood to us –
A very passionate soul of life
– Vigil Kumar
Cheery visage of chic flora
Captivates the cadence of life
Blooming garden of buoyancy
Surmises not the survival
Today is the aperture of
Rest of the lustrous days
Breathe the verve of bliss
Before the petals wither
Let the bouquet of fragrance
Blossom in pretty colors
– VIGIL KUMAR
the news. the views. the juice.
When a Delhi journo joins New Yorker, it’s news
10 October 2013
India’s bankrupt politicians routinely detect a “foreign hand” behind every disaster that befalls the nation. The Indian media, on the other hand, has been somewhat blessed to benefit from foreign hands on the deck.
Caravan the defunct-fortnightly from the Delhi Press group which was reborn as The Caravan of longform journalism three years ago was particularly lucky to have Jonathan Shainin on its ranks early on.
Below is the full text of the email shot off by Caravan‘s executive editor Vinod K. Jose, announcing Shainin’s exit.
This coming week, our dear colleague, Jonathan Shainin is moving back to New York. Jonathan joined by the end of the first year of relaunched Caravan, and is heading home after a very memorable, and extremely productive 3 years with us. The time and attention that he has given to the stories he edited is remarkable, and if anyone ever pays attention to the institutional history of Caravan, Jonathan’s role will be remembered and celebrated with reverence.
In 2009 and 2010, from the period I call the “guerrilla operation phase,” the staff whose strength was in single digits, we have today come a long way with the magazine/brand becoming the outcome of a massive amount of collective editorial energy of 25 people.
The number of editors, and staff writers have gone up, and the family of freelancers and contributing editors have grown as well.
With Jonathan’s impending departure, more associate editors had joined close to a year in advance, and we are right now in the process of hiring more editors to increase the level and quality of attention a piece/writer gets. The more the torch-bearers of the particular Caravan editing and writing philosophy we produce, the more stable the space of longform narrative journalism in India becomes.
In the same vein, I also wanted to celebrate the small, but meaningful flame of good ethical journalism that Caravan was instrumental in doing, which to me worked hand-in-hand with the longform identity we created in the craft space; here again, Jonathan was such an uncompromising editor, and I wish everyone who comes and joins us/after us always build on the hard work/careful walking we have managed all these years, and between us, right now, we shall remind each other how we need to help each other in making the flame retain its virility, and get bigger and bigger if possible in the years to come.
I wish Jonathan a wonderful future ahead, both professionally and personally.
Vinod K. Jose
[Terry: Feel free to disagree but over these long years since my parents bought me my first subscription at age 16, I’ve
come to realize that all the news you really need to survive is in The New Yorker and WIRED magazines.]
Environmentalists have often voiced their concern about the groundwater depletion in the NCR region. Mindless deforestation is aggravating this problem further. What can be described as possibly the last stretch of virgin forests in the NCR region, the Mangar Bani forests on the Gurgaon–Faridabad highway, also stand the risk of being uprooted.
The forests are marked by the divine presence of the five centuries old cult of Gudariya Baba. Locals believe that he attained enlightenment during his stay in the Mangar Bani forests and it is held that the place is in itself an old wise soul. Gudariya Baba’s teachings to his disciples included a warning that any harm by humans or even cattles shall invite the wrath of the wise soul.
As students of journalism at AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, we are trying to bring the importance of these forests to the fore. Follow this space and check our updates to know more.
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Sunil, the secretary of the Gram Vikas Samiti, a local development committee managed to get signatures from almost 450 villagers and stopped a tender that was issued for cutting the trees in the sacred forest.
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