The Amorous Cannibalism

Passionate longing, that is the libido, has two aspects: It is the power that beautifies everything and in certain cases, destroys everything. C.G.Jung The entanglement of sex and death is one of the fundamental manifestations of the divine rhythm of chaos and order. Though sex and death seemingly exist in opposite banks of life, both…

Self portraits of Sofonisba Anguissola

If dreams are the royal roads to the unconscious, portraits could be royal roads to our ideal selves. Self portraits, the artful ancestors of modern day selfies has been woven into the cultural psyche, as a means to explore and express ourselves. Our desire to capture eternity by freezing time reflects our little, dispersed revolts…

Much madness is Divinest Sense

This small poem puts forth an interesting question regarding abnormal behavior. The poem is a lament about how ab'normal', defined as anything 'away from normal' becomes problematic, when normality is often majoritarian. What is normal for the spider, might be chaos for the fly. Besides, "Normality is a paved road: It's comfortable to walk, but…

The female body

Ever since Descartes, the mind-body dualism debate has been in vogue. But perhaps nevermore than in the case of a woman, whose body is presumed to have a mind of its own, incapable of thinking beyond the body. Margaret Atwood's poignant and hilarious satire The female body, first published as a response to a letter…

Of Other spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias

It is not the place we occupy which is important, but the direction in which we move.Oliver Wendell Holmes, Author. One of the most startling paradoxes of being human is the simultaneous quest for the "here-now" as well as "the other". We aspire to live this life to the fullest whilst dreaming of other lives…

The Myth of Mental Illness

In 1960, The American Psychologist published a highly controversial and daring paper from the Hungarian- American Psychiatrist Thomas Szasz- The myth of mental illness. In an age when mental illness was much more stigmatized than it is now, Szasz's dissent is in every bit the voice of the devil's advocate. Yet, in it's all provocative…

Book 3, Kamasutra

Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory. Abraham Lincoln Book 3 is a detailed section on marriage and courtship. It shifts its focus from romanticizing marriage and instead emphasizes on its strategic nature. Kamasutra encourages the union of equals through marriage. It recommends the family as well as acquaintances to prepare and…

Thoughts for the Times on War and Death

In 1915, soon after World war I broke out, Sigmund Freud wrote about the disillusionment of war and the conflicting dynamics of individual and collective morality, in this timely and timeless piece. Freud analyzed the harmony of paradoxes in the co-existence of opposites. The naive illusion of the civilized Disillusionment is, in essence, a result…

A Christmas Carol

If Christmas, with its ancient and hospitable customs, its social and charitable observances, were ever in danger of decay, this is the book that would give them a new lease.Thomas Hood on A Christmas Carol. In one of the most beloved Christmas tales of all time, Charles Dickens beautifully captures the mood and humanity of…

The Little Matchstick Girl

A human life is a story told by GodHans Christian Andersen Illustration by Rachel Isadora Most fairy tales usually end with the phrase, they lived happily ever after. But some fairy tales, end in darker dead ends, in a dreadful balance act between the narrative of a fairy tale and the reality, where ultimately the…