Author

Asha Prakash

I WANT TO DO ALL KINDS OF ROLES
There is a scene in Geetu Mohandas’ Moothon, where the two lovers, Akbar and Ameer, are in a pond, in the moonlight, discovering their love for each other. One of them is speech and hearing impaired but they communicate effortlessly, in one of the most...
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AGREE TO DISAGREE OR DISAGREE TO AGREE?
It seems like any other day and you are grumbling about how bad the job situation is in your field with your best friend over coffee. She casually mentions how the current government is actually improving things and immediately, you see red. For the umpteenth...
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ART FOR THE DIVINE
At first glance, the Onavillu with its small but intricate figures on vermillion painted wood might appear a bit too colourful for a traditional Kerala artifact. True enough; the original design was created by artisans from Kancheepuram and Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, brought here especially...
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IF YOU PRACTICE CASTE, YOU ARE NOT A CHRISTIAN
When news broke last year that Kevin Joseph, a 23-year-old dalit Christian youngster had been killed by the family of his newlywed wife Neenu, Malayalis didn’t initially suspect that it was a case of ‘honour killing’. They had associated the term mostly with villages in...
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WHO SHOULD KERALA BLAME?
THE 2018 floods which hit Kerala was termed the disaster of the century for the State. Something on that scale had occurred last in the year 1924. Of course, it won’t happen again in another 100 years, everyone thought. Until August 2019. While the worst...
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MEANT TO BE HEARD, NOT JUST SEEN
Film industries across the country have been controlled by men, who literally ‘own’ almost all the films being made; they make and break the rules and also decide who should do what and in what film. The only ‘role’ of the women, especially the female...
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HOW ‘LOVE’ IS KILLING THE INDIAN ELEPHANT
There’s no pooram (annual Temple festivals) without caparisoned elephants; none but a majestic elephant has the right to carry the thidambu (decorated image) of the deity on its head, and there is no better blessing than from an elephant that lifts its trunk before devotees…”...
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ALL FOR THE WANT OF LOVE
One would think nothing can distract a politically-charged state like Kerala from election fever, but recently, the State took a break from politics and mourned the death of a seven-year-old boy from Thodupuzha. The child had been fatally kicked by his mother’s violent partner, whom...
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A SECRET WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED
Say hill station in Kerala and Munnar would be what immediately springs to one’s mind — sprawling green tea plantations, spectacular views and above all, a cool climate. The town has it all. But then, the tourist destination has become so commercialized in the past...
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BEAT THE HEAT BY GOING GREEN
THE mercury has been rising steadily in Kerala in the past two months, leaving half the population scampering to fix air conditioners and coolers in their homes. The temperature in most cities hovers between 35 and 38 degrees these days, and living without some cooling...
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