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, …
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…
Detail of the mural in the Pathy home in Coimbatore Kerala Murals, once exclusive to the royal and sacred walls, instantly command your awe and reverence. The mesmerized beholder is then impelled into the realm of silence- transfixed by the play of Gods and Goddesses on the earthly walls.It is perhaps to create a genuflecting atmosphere that temples, palaces and churches in Kerala decorated their walls with intricate chumarchitrangal (murals) that told stories from the Mahabaratha, Ramayana, Puranas and the Bible. One of the most fascinating works of mural art is on the walls of the MattancherryPalace at Kochi which was probably executed in the late sixteenth century. It’s the Ramayana epic that seamlessly unfolds in the palliyara (royal bed chamber) on the upper half of the walls while the border is covered with simple textile designs that mural artists call veeralli pattu.Murals in the Mattancherry PalaceHowever this highly stylized art went out of fashion for most part of the twenti…