Category Archives: Literature / Culture

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR When a crazy fan shot dead John Lennon, in a mad frenzy, forty-four years ago, it marked the end of an era — an age which was unlike any other epoch in music history. It’s also everything that made the Beatles, the Beatles — for yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The Beatles influenced just […]

Of Moral Dilemmas & Leadership

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR All of us struggle with moral dilemmas. Such quandaries define and affect our lives and of the people around us. What’s more, most moral dilemmas are difficult, complex and demanding. They involve not only risk, but also discomfort, even when we are convinced that we have conducted ourselves in an upright manner. Remember […]

The Dahl Factor

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR Children, as psychologists contend, can offer amazing insights. As physicist Robert Oppenheimer once articulated, “There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics because they have modes of perception that I lost long ago.” This is not all. If we think as most of us […]

Octavio Paz: Surrealism Eternal

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR For a man who did not relish writing, Octavio Paz, Mexico’s most renowned poet, simply savored and enjoyed its result, be it plaudits, or brickbats. He never used the good old typewriter, the word processor, or computer. He always wrote by hand — the creator’s most simple, yet powerful tool — the oracle […]

Carl Jung: Architect Of The Archetype

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR “We must always bear in mind that despite the most beautiful agreement between the facts and our ideas, explanatory principles are only points of view, that is, manifestations of the psychological attitude and of the a priori conditions under which all thinking takes place.” —Carl Gustav Jung, On Psychic Energy [1948] When Carl […]

Yeats In The New Age

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR “That is no country for old men. The young/In one another’s arms, birds in the trees/ — Those dying generations — at their song,/The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,/Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long/Whatever is begotten, born, and dies./ Caught in that sensual music all neglect/Monuments of unageing intellect.” Thus wrote William […]

Just Frank

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR Music, said Ludwig van Beethoven, the legendary composer and pianist, is the mediator between the life of the senses and the life of the spirit. It is also a powerful catalyst in the creative process of the genius, the connoisseur, the proficient, and the average, among us. It is the art of thinking […]

Comedy’s First Knight

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR Picture this: Charlie Chaplin’s memorable film, City Lights [1931], where he plays the little tramp, as usual. He saves, in one hilarious sequence, a drunk from leaping to his death. The drunk turns out to be a millionaire who befriends Chaplin and the two spend the evening together, drinking and partying. The next […]

Let Einstein Be

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR When his father first showed Albert Einstein, the greatest of theoretical physicists, a receptacle compass, it was like what the falling apple was to his illustrious scientific ‘forebear’ Sir Isaac Newton. Einstein was barely five years old, but he felt an indescribable experience — his mind lit up with the gadget, in a […]

Exploring Our Inner Gandhi

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR Earnestness, it is aptly said, is the font of authority or authenticity, where ‘auto’ means ‘self’— your original instrument and ‘entea’ —or, tool connotes communication. This explains why our credibility as a speaker, or leader, in any field of activity, for example, is directly correlated to the extent to which the audience perceives […]