THE WORLD THAT WAS CHILDHOOD

ON JUNE 15, 2012 BY VIDYA CHATHOTHIN RANDOM REFLECTIONS, THE HUMAN MIND

Very recently, I stumbled on a copy of ‘Swami and Friends’ by R.K.Narayan, and that book effortlessly transported me back to my childhood. I blended with ‘Swami’, and re-experienced the bliss of my childhood.

The anxiety with respect to teachers, parents, textbooks and exams…

The joy of the 3 o’clock bell, when we dispersed from school, to run home, and to break free from a world we didn’t understand…

The joy of finally teaming up with friends, and experiencing freedom in its most absolute form-

The freedom to run, jump, bake in the sun, drench in the rain, soak in mud…
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THE PRITHVIRAJ VERSUS MOHANLAL DEBATE

ON JANUARY 29, 2013 BY VIDYA CHATHOTHIN FILMS

When I first saw Prithviraj on the sets of Nandanam, I was completely bowled over by his personality- elite, handsome, confident and assertive. It was his individuality and extroversion that captured my attention- something amiss in Malayalam cinema. He was a fresh face on the screen, perhaps giving voice to the youth of a new generation.

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NORMAL REDEFINED

ON DECEMBER 23, 2013 BY VIDYA CHATHOTHIN THE HUMAN MIND

I have been wondering how much of liberty can be taken with regard to ‘labelling’ deviant behaviour as psychiatric illness. The latest edition of the DSM-IV has incorporated a new diagnosis into its classification of mental illness. It goes by the name ‘Oppositional defiant disorder’ (ODD).

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CAMOUFLAGED!

ON MARCH 4, 2014 BY VIDYA CHATHOTHIN LESSONS FROM NATURE, RANDOM REFLECTIONS

I had never really aimed at being ‘different’. I had only wanted to be inconspicuous. Like the birds and animals that visit my garden. With bodies that borrow the tones of the earth, they easily blend into the dull brown and grey of their surroundings.

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THE MOVIE THAT IS LIFE

ON APRIL 5, 2014 BY VIDYA CHATHOTHIN CREATIVE NON-FICTION

You have got to dance like there is nobody watching,
Love like you will never be hurt,
Sing like there is nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth!
My life-I have always perceived it as a movie playing in the theater of my mind. A movie created from my perceptions. A movie whose central character is me…
A movie that has inspired and overwhelmed me the most.
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