The article “Inspirational genius” by Dr. Ennapadam S. Krishnamoorthy (Magazine, August 30) made informative reading, beginning with the enquiry into the location of the mind and soul in our body and concluding with the study of poet Bharathi’s inspirational and emotional outpourings in the form of poetry of sublime beauty as an expression of brain, mind and soul working in sync, exquisitely calling it ‘Trinity talking’. This is a refreshingly modern approach using the tools of neuroscience and psychology to understand the esoteric term “soul”, its location and functioning in conjunction with the other widely used but difficult to describe word “mind” through the instrumentality of brain.
Apex, NC, U.S.
Creativity is something that defies mind-brain-intellect-body and remains a phenomenon that cannot be subjected to any scientific research or neurological analysis. No scientist, neurologist or psychoanalyst, however reputed they be, can ever explain what prompted incredible flow of creativity from the likes of Shakespeare, Subramanya Bharathi, Tagore, Balzac, Bernard Shaw and their likes. Creative genius would forever defy demystification. Creativity and genius are not conditional.
T.S. Pattabhi Raman
CoimbatoreGlimpses of hope
After reading Harsh Mander’s column “Towards Healing” (Magazine, August 30), I get the impression that he’s taken on the job of promoting secularism, and that too to perfection. Every now and then he makes the Muslim community realise its identity, never staying back in giving it glimpses of hope. Hats off to the columnist.
Syed Zegham Taj
AligarhRight to life
The article “Contested motherhood” by Jo Chopra (Magazine, August 30) provides one of the most fitting examples to the saying, “Truth is stranger than fiction”. Many issues exist in today’s society which cannot be resolved even with the sanest mind. How can we evaluate whether a person having mental disability is qualified to be a parent or not? First of all, how can we evaluate if “anybody” is having a balanced mind or not? What is the guarantee that the people in the right minds will not become maniacs at a later point of time? And what if this happens when their children most need them, e.g. when they are in the age of 10-15? How can we decide that a certain child should not take birth? Does the government want to regulate the right of taking birth also?
Each problem is taken seriously only once it is glamorised in today’s society. Aamir Khan made Taare Zameen Par and today we have N number of clubs running awareness programmes on Dyslexia, which was not heard of much before. If today some courageous film maker makes a movie on this topic which is treated well, I am sure this question can gain the attention of a larger crowd and then may be the mentally unstable mother may get some support from the ever-sleeping conscience of Indian society.
Vatsal Suresh Rathod
I think every one has the right to live their own life. I don’t know how people with certain disability lead their lives. I am a student doing graduation in PSG and there is a friend of mine who by birth is handicapped due to a polio attack. I can see in her eyes the determination to live, the passion to achieve goals and the will to lead a life like others and dreams of becoming an IT engineer. By seeing her self confidence, we also get positive energy, an encouragement to live. I don’t think it’s a burden to lead a normal life like others and to have a child.
The article “Skewed coverage” by Sevanti Ninan, (Magazine, August 30) has underlined the discrimination faced by Manipur at the hands of mainstream media. The Northeast has always received a step-motherly treatment from the Government of India. Now the media too has joined the government in ostracising Manipur. This definitely does not augur well for our goals of inclusive growth. In a Federal polity, every State should feel it is part of national mainstream. The media should stop this bias and ensure that the people of Manipur do not feel left alone.
Vaibhav C. Ghalme
New DelhiInvasive species
This has reference to Indu Balachandran’s humorous article “Relatively speaking...” (Magazine, August 30). Yes, The US invasion of India occurs in August and invariably it coincides with weddings and other functions of some relatives of the invaders! The invaders overcome Jet lag in a couple of days but some of them pretend to be total strangers to certain typical Indian conditions. But as far as kids are concerned you won’t find any artificiality in their behaviour (more or less, they are like American kids).