YouTube has some very wonderful channels with content that is so deeply researched that it blows my mind. One such that I stumbled on to is called In Praise of Shadows and it focuses on the history of horror in film and literature.

A video on HP Lovecraft, in particular…


There is a lot to be said about the damage that the enormous human population numbers are doing to our ecology. In terms of our impact on the climate, on forests, even on the deepest trenches of the ocean floors — we have a lot to worry about.

But there…


There are many memories associated with the film American Pie (1999), especially if you were a young boy coming of age (ahem). It’s a cult classic that made us laugh riotously in select company, and which we disavowed piously in mixed company. …


“To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy” — Hippocrates

Countless hours of life have been snatched from me by the unprincipled wavering of right-wing politicians and their followers. …


What does your government give you? (Photo by Hannah Joshua on Unsplash)

Democracy — wasn’t it supposed to be a “government of the people, by the people, for the people”? Or am I fully mad?

Democracy was supposed to give us leadership that we chose, for our betterment. But, almost too easily, we let the government describe what our betterment means.

If…


While things are bad with the Covid-19 lockdown everywhere, this is not the first time I’ve had cause to shut myself off from the world outside. And, suffice it to say that the last time was far worse for me, personally.

That time I had committed myself to search within…


Photo by Colin Watts on Unsplash

One subtle but incredibly far-reaching lesson from the Covid-19/Novel Coronavirus 2019 pandemic is this:

Human beings do not understand they are part of a tangible global social network.

All of us, from childhood, have been taught that we live in a society, that society forms bonds, and that each of…


Power is dominated in this world by certain sets of people — Western more than eastern, fair more than dark, men more than women, rich more than poor, upper caste more than lower, educated more than illiterate, and so on.

Revolutionary hearts, like mine, hope to see the day when…


[NO SPOILERS. As of the time I’m writing this the third instalment is still a week away and I don’t know what story it’ll tell.]

There’s nothing honourable about a contract killer. This is a man (occasionally woman) who kills because he’s paid. This is the Bad in The Good…


Important stories don’t need an NDA

With every movie and TV show relying on plot twists that have no foreshadowing to speak of, the fear of a story being spoiled is greater than ever before. …

Middle Brain

Sumit is a writer and photographer living in Mumbai. He’s trying to break the internet before the internet breaks him.

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