Free masonry- the 'spiritual society' of sacred brotherhood with its origins in antiquity has always been shrouded in mystery. Their initiation rites, rituals, symbolisms, secret signs and code of conduct have further enhanced the aura of mysteriousness. Is Free Masonry a remnant of an ancient religion that worshipped the Sun or is it just an exclusive, elitist boy's club that indulges in secret charity missions? In 1961 the Grand Lodge of India, which is an off -shoot of the Grand Lodges of Scotland, England and Ireland was constituted. The Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of India Mr.Arun Chintopanth was recently here in Kochi to preside over the meeting of the Regional Grand Lodge of Southern India. In an exclusive interview with the Grand Master sought to demystify the Masonic Lodge. Arun Chintopanth in full regalia. Dont miss the apron.What is Free Masonry? It is not a service organisation. It is not a religious group. It is not a mutual benefit society but it is a combi…
Suryanelli: The place of no sun. Roofs weighed down by rock bags to keep the wind from blowing them away Off the Kerala state highway that connect the
small, brash towns giddy with foreign remittances, sits an unassuming, modest
home that goes by the name: Lovedale. A septuagenarian couple, a retired postmaster
and a retired nurse, live here with their younger daughter and, a ghoulish past
that continues to taunt every waking moment of their lives. The 33-year-old daughter
smiles shyly revealing an innocence frozen in time. 17 years ago, the daughter,
then a 16-year-old girl, had left home wearing a skirt and a blouse to go to
school and returned sexually violated and terribly traumatized: her
transformation from a carefree school girl to a bloated individual was violently shocking.
The girl had been kept captive, fed sedatives and alcohol, traded for sex and
raped by 42 men in a span of 40 days in the months of January and February 1996.
The family’s tryst with rapists, the police, …
I am 51 years old. And I would like to continue to be a sex worker.” This is how the candid and defiant opening statement in Nalini Jameela’s autobiography in Malayalam, Oru Lymgika-thozhilaliyude Atmakadha, goes. It at once throws a challenge at society’s double standards — harsh on prostitutes and soft on the clients. Nalini Jameela, who is the coordinator of the Kerala Sex Workers’ Forum, reveals her sordid story with no trace of compunction. Nalini was a 24-year-old widow when she entered the profession to feed her two children. At that time she did not think about the repercussions of her act. She writes, “I was earning Rs 4.50 at a tile factory near Trissur. My mother-in-law served me with an ultimatum to either give her five rupees a day to look after my children or leave the house. I recounted my woes to a friend, who introduced me to Rosechechi. Rosechechi promised me Rs 50 if I spent time with a man. The first thought that came to my mind was that my children would be looked…