Articles by: Anitha S

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A Green Memorial For A True Friend

He was the apple of the eye for whom ever met him. It was only after we lost him that every one realised what that usage meant “apple of the eye”. To his mother, K was the baby boy who never ever grew up though he was 6 feet tall and had a striding gait. To his sister, he was[Read More…]

June 20, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A Memorial Note On Baiju Vasudevan

A Memorial Note On Baiju Vasudevan

Dear Baiju, Wonder where you are…but somewhere  inside the minds of some of your friends we know that you are there walking your gentle and quick steps like the swift barking deer  in the dense undergrowth of the cool evergreens of Vazhachal along the Chalakkudy River close to your family –  your mother, wife and 3 children you gifted to [Read More…]

June 16, 2020 Environmental Protection
An Environment Day In The Hills – Attappady

An Environment Day In The Hills – Attappady

June 5th 2020 dawned clear and bright, rain-washed and hauntingly beautiful  in their tribal hamlet of Sambarkodu in Attapady region of Palakkad , Kerala. Appu and his friends were all prepared to participate in the outdoor activities being planned today by the elders including their mothers and aunts. Amidst the lockdown that had taken away their freedom and lightness of[Read More…]

June 12, 2020 Environmental Protection
World Environment Day Thoughts During Lockdown

World Environment Day Thoughts During Lockdown

A FABLE FOR TODAY Five year old twin brothers Udit and Sooraj loved hearing stories, in any form and length – real life stories, fairy tales, animal and wild ones with songs and action…Knowing this, their grandmother who was a primary school teacher set up a small space in their city home where children of their age could  gather and[Read More…]

June 8, 2020 Environmental Protection
Messengers From The Wild

Messengers From The Wild

Lockdown tryst with Biodiversity – Episode 1 Serious and sincere, little Aadi walked the hot and burning slope of the hill opposite his suburban home with his parents – he was happy that the trio could be together after a long time because of the lockdown. Not fully aware of the impact of this pandemic, Aadi did realise that his[Read More…]

May 26, 2020 Environmental Protection
Lesson 3: Life Skill Education

Lesson 3: Life Skill Education

Lockdown Series 5 As lock down moves to 50 days, there is a “new normal’ emerging. Human beings have the amazing and scary capacity to adapt and endure in myriad ways to crisis and tribulations maintaining the minimum “ business as usual” attitudes”. The days of lock down and Corona scare have brought out this fortitude and coping strategies of[Read More…]

May 17, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Lesson 2: An Experience – Lockdown Musings 4

Lesson 2: An Experience – Lockdown Musings 4

Little Chinchu was in the much loved space of her grandparents home in a city far away from where she and her parents lived. She had come here two months back for the birth of her baby brother born a month ago. By the time words like COVID, Corona and Lockdown were household names. Chinchu was intrigued by the anxiety[Read More…]

May 14, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A Letter to Jamlo Makdam

A Letter to Jamlo Makdam

 Another Day In Paradise: Lock down Series 4 Dear Jamlo , This is not a letter or a conversation that I never ever want to do again in my life. And this is not the language in which I should be talking to you, a 12 year old girl. But times are such that one has not much choice. Or[Read More…]

May 12, 2020 India
A silent Summer – Lock Down Series 4

A silent Summer – Lock Down Series 4

  It is unbelievable that  two months have passed since the dreaded word LOCK DOWN became part of our lives- 2 months of staying indoors, making oneself believe that this is safe and secure, 2 months of not meeting friends and family, 2 months of physical and social distancing, 2 months of a new kind of social discrimination where the[Read More…]

May 9, 2020 India
Lesson 1 : Endure

Lesson 1 : Endure

Lockdown Series 3 Little Aadi is always  most happy when his father and grandmother stayed home not going to the “office”,  which is where they both vanish early morning long before he wakes up. He has tried many tricks in his books to stop them from going which includes hiding his father’s bag, his granny’s footwear and purse and so[Read More…]

May 6, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Another Day In Paradise: Lockdown Musings -2

Another Day In Paradise: Lockdown Musings -2

There are times when a darkness sets in your mind that is associated with lack of contact with your loved ones, with sharing of ideas and dreams, a poem or experience not just virtual but actual. As I write this that these 2 apparently similar sounding words are so far apart in their meaning and impact. The small invisible microorganism[Read More…]

May 4, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Another Day In Paradise

Another Day In Paradise

Lockdown Musings Series 1 As the reality about Corona related Lockdown and Stay indoors deepens and intensifies, the social and political atmosphere around one acquires a rarefied feel with each and every moment bearing subtle and powerful insights and realisations. The experiences and real life stories that one comes across throws light into the fragility of human existence in a[Read More…]

April 27, 2020 Life/Philosophy
A Farewell And A Tribute

A Farewell And A Tribute

Certain phases in one’s life remain etched in indelible colours for the simple reason that they are a combination of “the firsts”. For me my 20s were when so many “firsts” happened – the first time I met someone from Delhi who wore a safari suit in pastel colours, the first time I got a corduroy jeans as gift, the[Read More…]

March 22, 2020 Environmental Protection
A brief essay on a Nature Conservation Activity

A brief essay on a Nature Conservation Activity

All Nature Conservation Activities/ Struggles Will have the nature of Nature itself The coolness of trees The calmness of rivers The ability of wind To set in a motion all that it touches A person devoid of kindness Love and care A person without a rainbow and a song in his/ her heart Can never be part of a Nature[Read More…]

January 8, 2020 Environmental Protection
Dear Sisters of Kashmir

Dear Sisters of Kashmir

Dear Sisters, I am…I could be Subaida, Shameema, Khurshida…I could be living in any of the districts of Pulvama, Shopiyan or Bandipura…but I am the woman, one of the tens of thousands of women living in Kashmir. Mine was a quiet life with a security and safety many of you might not even dream of. Yes, the picture postcard beauty[Read More…]

October 12, 2019 India
An Envoy of Hope

An Envoy of Hope

The little boy smiled charmingly through the evening just before the surgery.His young parents were dumb with fear about the impending operation the next day when his tiny pelvic girdle would be realigned to enable his almost atrophied limbs to move. With bright lovely eyes that focussed on your face and an ever willing capacity to smile and respond, he[Read More…]

October 6, 2019 Life/Philosophy
Remembering Ammini – A Valiant Feminine Voice For A Forest River

Remembering Ammini – A Valiant Feminine Voice For A Forest River

Ammini( Amminichechi to many) sat looking at the turbulent Athirapally falls through the meshed window of the teashop which has been the source of her livelihood for many years. A face withered by the turmoils of life, she came across as a woman bound to her convictions and life experiences. What made her strong was the lessons she learnt from[Read More…]

July 27, 2019 Environmental Protection
Falling Into Good Hands

Falling Into Good Hands

                                                      I can never forget or fully recollect that morning when I was taken in a trolley to the Surgical Out patient section of the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College famed for its exemplary service since[Read More…]

July 1, 2019 Life/Philosophy
Earth Day Musings For Santhivanam

Earth Day Musings For Santhivanam

Today  is April 22..we, a group of children are sitting in a room after a sultry morning with rain clouds in the skies and a silence in the air. We are discussing the theme of this year’s Earth day which is PROTECT OUR SPECIES. This theme means to draw attention to the rapid rate of extinction of living beings- plants,[Read More…]

April 22, 2019 Environmental Protection
Anitha.S- Protecting Santhivanam

Anitha.S- Protecting Santhivanam

Dear Sisters, As the golden light of dusk falls and the roosting cries of birds eager to settle in the branches of trees all around reaches a crescendo, ,the harsh and piercing sound of the piling engines and cutters also slows down…..but I know it will start all over again tomorrow morning waking the birds, the mongooses, the tiny butterflies[Read More…]

April 18, 2019 Environmental Protection
Burn Me Not: A Letter From Earth

Burn Me Not: A Letter From Earth

Dear all, It was only a few months back  (August 2018) that I wrote to you all, soaked and wet after the scary and devastating floods that wrecked havoc on this tiny piece of land known for its forested hills, rivers, waterways and long coastline. Now I write this burning and hot, dry and life less after the fires that[Read More…]

April 1, 2019 Environmental Protection
Live Human Fences

Live Human Fences

A month after 1000s walked the roads of the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram in a SORROWFUL MARCH to express their dissent about the upcoming Waste to Energy plant near their homes at Peringamala, Kerala saw 3 more rallying together of people for just and relevant causes. The Kandankali paddy land near Payannur has been in the heat of debate as[Read More…]

January 2, 2019 Environmental Protection
Sad May Be, But Determined

Sad May Be, But Determined

The 10  year old walked bold and fast along the main roads of Thiruvananthapuram. She had no fears as her mother held her hand and she could see her father and grandparents close by. The green leaves of the trees that gave shade on that hot afternoon seemed to be waving at her. For she was part of the SORROWFUL[Read More…]

December 6, 2018 Environmental Protection
Rally For Right To A Way Of Life

Rally For Right To A Way Of Life

The sleepy, cool village of Peringamala nestled in the biodiversity rich hills of Southern Western Ghats woke upon 3rd December morning to the slogans and songs that brought together the villagers all set for a walk to the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram. They were united by the urgent need to raise their protest and concern about the upcoming Waste to[Read More…]

December 4, 2018 Environmental Protection
In One Voice

In One Voice

                 On a day when the skies had opened up in  Thiruvanathapuram on the eve of the beginning of the crucial month of Vrischikam, along the outskirts of the urban world, 500 children from different schools were preparing to travel into the city. They were carrying in their minds the tunes and words[Read More…]

November 21, 2018 Arts/Literature
Kerala Floods: A Letter From Mother Earth

Kerala Floods: A Letter From Mother Earth

Dear All, I know this letter is a bit late, but I have always been a bit late in responding, as for eons I have tried to be the epitome of the patient, suffering feminine image that has been attributed to me. Now I have been pushed back to the wall and though late I need to make certain things[Read More…]

August 22, 2018 Environmental Protection
Published Posthumously

Published Posthumously

                      Noted river protection activist and ecologist, Dr.A.Latha who passed away in November 2017 left behind a special collection of essays and writings on a even more special subject related to the right of the river to flow and fulfill its ecological niche along with the rights of human communities with deep links to a life dependent on the[Read More…]

June 19, 2018 Book Review
Dear Asifa…..

Dear Asifa…..

Dear Asifa, I have lost count of the endless letters I have written in my mind’s note pad to you since last month. There were so many moments when thoughts about you, the special life you led in the short time you lived and the memories shared by your parents and friends made me want to talk to you. But[Read More…]

May 24, 2018 Patriarchy
WHY A SINGLE TREE, that too a TAMARIND TREE?

WHY A SINGLE TREE, that too a TAMARIND TREE?

Little Aami held tight to her mother’s hands as she rushed to get the bus that would take them to the city. From the excitement of the children of the Vacation camp her mother was coordinating she knew that they were going to witness some event that would be unusual.Aami was game for any fun as long as it was[Read More…]

May 21, 2018 Environmental Protection
Florence Nightingales

Florence Nightingales

                      The general ward of a Government Medical College is equated to hell with mosquitoes,flies, bed bugs and the real proverbial hospital stink! When I overheard while lying on the trolley after the first “merciless cutting “,that I would be in Ward 25, it came as a more painful shock than the actual pain. I wondered what crime I had[Read More…]

May 13, 2018 Life/Philosophy
Quick Like A Deer, Chirping Like A Bird

Quick Like A Deer, Chirping Like A Bird

            Dear Asifa, It is not quite right that we meet like this…a girl like you so far away in cold Jammu and Kashmir and me down in the warm, tropical state of Kerala. It is not right because I would have loved to see the “chirping bird” that you were with nimble fingers and agile feet like a[Read More…]

April 15, 2018 Human Rights
View From The Eastern Verandah…. With Latha Anantha….

View From The Eastern Verandah…. With Latha Anantha….

I compose this letter in my mind’s scribble pad sitting in the eastern verandah of the wild refuge you adopted as your home 2 decades back. Beyond the Diwi-Diwi tree, the path leads to the small pond that you always used to invite me to join for a dip as a break from  my urban home. I can hear racket-tailed[Read More…]

November 23, 2017 Environmental Protection
Redefining Pain

Redefining Pain

                                              The word pain literally means “ a highly unpleasant physical sensation caused by illness or injury”. If so, what I experienced during the first 3 months of my treatment was something much more than unpleasant or physical. It was a constant affliction that pervaded from the site of injury ie.my right foot upwards to my head. The most agonising[Read More…]

October 27, 2017 Life/Philosophy
Appu's Elephant

A Grand Animal And Its Rights

My name is Appu.I am studying in 4th Standard in a school near my hamlet Sambarkod in Attapady. I want to share with you the story of a wild elephant who has been the friend of us children for some years. We share the waters of the river Shiruvani with many animals, the grandest one being this huge tusker and[Read More…]

October 4, 2017 Environmental Protection
Dear Gauri, You Were Never At Peace, We Too Shouldn’t Be

Dear Gauri, You Were Never At Peace, We Too Shouldn’t Be

Dear Gauri, It is many days since I wrote to you. This must have been the longest month in my life- the days since I first heard about your killing.  I should say you were very much in my thoughts as each day brought news about events and happenings in this “great” country of ours that is fast losing humane[Read More…]

October 3, 2017 India
Indian protesters hold candles and placards during a candle light vigil to protest the killing of Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh in Hyderabad, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Lankesh's killing has provoked outrage and anguish across the country, with thousands protesting what they see as an effort to silence critics of India's ruling Hindu nationalist party. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Third Letter To Gauri Lankesh….Dear Gauri, Did You Hear This?

Dear Gowri, Hope my letters are not disturbing you… but as days pass and events that disturb and confuse multiply, how can I not write  and share with you?… Please pardon me! The first 2 letters (Letter 1, Letter 2)  have had different kinds of responses…most of the readers took to the emotional aspects that it was filled with, some[Read More…]

September 22, 2017 India
Dear  Gauri….. A Letter To Gauri Lankesh

Dear Gauri….. A Letter To Gauri Lankesh

Dear  Gauri, It is 10 days since I wrote to you…2 days ago- September 15th was the International Day of Democracy with the theme Democracy and Conflict Prevention focusing on strengthening democratic institutions to promote peace and stability through strong leadership, strengthen civic society and empower women…it goes on. Somehow this day as many other days, I miss you…want to[Read More…]

September 17, 2017 Editor's Picks, India
A Letter Written Posthumously

A Letter Written Posthumously

Dear Gouri.. A few hours ago, above the loud and deafening sounds of the guns that fired into the air to give you a “honourable state farewell”, I heard the calls of the parakeets frightened to flight by the noise. I felt you squirm even in the coldness of the murder that fate and human intolerance brought on your frail[Read More…]

September 8, 2017 India