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Indrani Kopal
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Lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


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"If I know how people loved, then I know their humanity," - Derek Burrows, Bahamian storyteller, musician, educator and filmmaker - 2014, July 28

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What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to buil...

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#pavana  I'm holding on to these words today. Thank you, Pavana... #poetry   #mazadohta  

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I am being haunted by Nivahshini Arivuckarasu's voice and photography works from ‪#‎Kamachi‬ since yesterday. Thank you Loshne for introducing me to Arjun Kamath.

....for Swathi, Jyoti Singh and all the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault & trafficking around the world.

Still photography story by Loshy Photography

‪#‎Kamachibyloshne‬ #kamachi ‪#‎NivahshiniArivuckarasu‬

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The 1912.

Tirupavai by Andal (8th century )
sung by M.L.Vasanthakumari

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There is much to really celebrate, critique and understand, not just about M.S. herself but also history, society and, more significantly, ourselves.

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Mother Teresa: Hell's Angel, a documentary.
Published on November 8, 1994.

For context why this is emerging now.

Christopher Hitchens investigates whether Mother Teresa of Calcutta deserves her saintly image. Probes her campaigns against contraception and abortion and her relationships with right-wing political leaders. Contributors include the cameraman who worked on the 1969 film `Mother Teresa of Calcutta' which was presented by Malcolm Muggeridge, the journalist Mihir Bose, and former volunteer Mary Loudon.

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"This fault lies deep in our culture. Studies show that men are promoted based on potential and women are promoted based on experience. Our culture also consistently underestimates female performance compared with males. People think men do better work, and they don’t. So when employers hesitate to hire a less-experienced female director, it feels rooted in an aversion to risk when it’s actually a surrender to bias.

[...] From now on, let the newcomers do the directing and pay the old hands to shadow them. The green directors get to rack up real credits while the show has a safety net.

Awareness without change is worse than ignorance. It means people are aware and they don’t care. Or maybe they care, but they’re scared. It’s here we can learn a lesson from all ghostbusters, male and female. They ain’t afraid of no ghost. We shouldn’t be afraid of change."

Hollywood knows gender equality is a problem, but it still won’t fix it.

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La prima vez
(The first time)

La prima vez ke te vidi,
The first time I saw,

de tuz ojos me 'namori.
your eyes I fell in love with you.

d'akel momento te ami,
I loved you from that moment,

fina la tomba te amare.
and until the grave, I will love you.

Aserkate mi kerida,
Come close to me my dear one,

salvadora de mi vida.
you have saved me.

descubrite i avlame,
Discover me and tell me,

dekretos de la tu vida.
your life's secrets.

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Read it, re-read it, again and again. And finally understood the nature of "one of the odder gifts of love."

"In one of these contemplative interstitials, De Botton examines the paradoxical psychology of one of the most common and most puzzling phenomena between lovers: sulking.

He writes:

At the heart of a sulk lies a confusing mixture of intense anger and an equally intense desire not to communicate what one is angry about. The sulker both desperately needs the other person to understand and yet remains utterly committed to doing nothing to help them do so. The very need to explain forms the kernel of the insult: if the partner requires an explanation, he or she is clearly not worthy of one. We should add: it is a privilege to be the recipient of a sulk; it means the other person respects and trusts us enough to think we should understand their unspoken hurt. It is one of the odder gifts of love.

Sulking, De Botton suggests, stems from a form of magical thinking — the belief, endearing in its origin but deleterious in its effect, that an impossibility is possible:

Sulking pays homage to a beautiful, dangerous ideal that can be traced back to our earliest childhoods: the promise of wordless understanding. In the womb, we never had to explain. Our every requirement was catered to. The right sort of comfort simply happened. Some of this idyll continued in our first years. We didn’t have to make our every requirement known: large, kind people guessed for us. They saw past our tears, our inarticulacy, our confusions: they found the explanations for discomforts which we lacked the ability to verbalize.

That may be why, in relationships, even the most eloquent among us may instinctively prefer not to spell things out when our partners are at risk of failing to read us properly. Only wordless and accurate mind reading can feel like a true sign that our partner is someone to be trusted; only when we don’t have to explain can we feel certain that we are genuinely understood.

But rather than bemoaning the sulk as a fatal flaw of a relationship, De Botton wrests from it evidence of the most hopeful and generous capacity of the human heart:

We would ideally remain able to laugh, in the gentlest way, when we are made the special target of a sulker’s fury. We would recognize the touching paradox. The sulker may be six foot one and holding down adult employment, but the real message is poignantly retrogressive: “Deep inside, I remain an infant, and right now I need you to be my parent. I need you correctly to guess what is truly ailing me, as people did when I was a baby, when my ideas of love were first formed.”

We do our sulking lovers the greatest possible favor when we are able to regard their tantrums as we would those of an infant. We are so alive to the idea that it’s patronizing to be thought of as younger than we are; we forget that it is also, at times, the greatest privilege for someone to look beyond our adult self in order to engage with — and forgive — the disappointed, furious, inarticulate child within."
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    Video Journalist, 2006 - 2012
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