Reflex Action

Sushil Kutty

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a sea of swirling plastic waste in the middle of the Pacific, twice the size of Texas and thrice that of France, is difficult to remove. Similarly, human garbage, trash like self-styled ‘god-man’ Asaram Bapu, is hard to get rid of. But April 25, 2018, Judgement Day, this Bapu of all things base in Man and worse in ‘god-man’, who has lakhs dancing to his tune, stood convicted for rape. He was sentenced to life in jail until death, the quantum of sentence not quite the quantum of solace he and his supporters expected.

Aditya Aamir

To wake up to the headline ‘Tragedy in Kushinagar’ doesn’t give anybody ‘Kushi’. Add to that the number ‘13’ and ‘superstition’ drops anchor. Last heard, ‘13’ was still an unlucky number. And 13 children died in Kushinagar when their school bus was blown off the tracks by a rushing train at an unmanned level crossing in Uttar Pradesh Thursday morning. Happiness fled Kushinagar. Such an unhappy name for a town in grief.