March 2019

Cover art : Riya Nagendra, II B.A. English

Quote : Radha Rani, II B.Com

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Editorial

Ever since the new year began, it has been extremely busy for Stellaeidoscope and the rest of the College, alike. Trying to juggle between planning an inter-collegiate Open Mic in collaboration with the Western Music Club and the CAs and CAITs have been a tough job but we managed to do it.

This month’s issue brings a bit of the past and the present together – mythology. With a surge of revisioning of mythology in modern fiction, drama and films, the current generation is fascinated by the plethora of tales and magic mythology has to offer and are drawn to it more than ever before. While mythology can bring the past and the present closer, one has to be wary because very often in a nation like ours, mythology is substituted for history and science by right wing parties, creating dangerous narratives that has even led to destruction of heritage sites and massacres. Where does one draw the line between mythology and history/science is an important question that needs to be addressed.

That being said, this is going to be the last issue in this academic year and excuse us, as we get a little  nostalgic. This year has been a wonderful experience for all the club reps and we are extremely proud of all the work that the members have put into each issue. We are grateful to our faculty advisor, Ms.Ishleen for being constantly supportive and encouraging us to write ‘happy’ things. We hope the next academic year’s issues have more poems about sunshine and candy instead of broken hearts and death.  A final word of advice to all the members before we sign off – please stick to the deadlines!

 

For one last time,

Happy reading,

Team Stellaeidoscope (2018-19)

Mythological Musings

Radha Rani, II B.Com

 

·        In every version of the myth

that I have ever seen,

Icarus always

                      sinks.

despite all the other may-have beens.

 

Because he reached for the sky,

drunk on the beauty he saw

but in the joy of his flight

he failed to observe the fall.

 

 

·        Honestly, what was Prometheus thinking

when he stole fire from the hearth,

did he know he’d soon have bleeding eyes,

to go with his bleeding heart?

 

And was Pandora really a fool?

they call it Pandora’s box,

but wasn’t she just an unwitting tool?

 

·        I do not think that Hades,
deserves the hate he receives,

at the least, he honours the dead,

while we mortals suffer other gods’ deceit.

 

·        I think that sometime,

I will visit the Garden of the Hespirides

and listen to the muses sing-

I will shoulder Atlas’ burden

and watch him unfurl his wings.

 

The world is not an easy burden to bear

but I believe that I will find it in me

to do the same.

to take deep, gulping breaths of air,

and hear the world echo with my name.

 

·        Do not let them fool you,

The old goddesses were vicious.

But they’d stand by their chosen,

they could never be called capricious.

Sayonara, School!

Harshitha Satish, I B.A. Economics

 

We would have stepped into this divine portal about a decade and a half ago, tightly holding onto our parents hands crying out aloud, “I want to go home!” With a handkerchief neatly pinned onto the uniform and a cute middle-part pony stiffly standing upright, our parents would have handed us over to a lady with a smile who welcomed us with wide arms. Our parents would have probably been in the same position with their parents, as we stand in front of a classroom, which in the near future might be the cause for exam stress and sleepless nights. They tell us, “You will like it in here. This is your teacher. You stay here, and amma and appa will go buy chocolates and we will be back in a while. Is that okay, baby?”

Even as you make a scene with your totter and clamour, they still leave you behind in this new place. A big mistake you thought back then only to be proved wrong. This story is not just about you and me, but everybody who has been a child. It’s almost a year since I left school and the funny truth about saying hard goodbyes is you never appreciate what you had until it is gone.

The alphabets kindergarten taught helped me pen these words, the English recitations have given me the courage and College has taught me to be grateful. School educated and inculcated values in us. It carried us for long, preparing us to face the world in front of us.

Growing up in the school compound we learnt reading is fun, maths is cool, and physical training is good. Every school night had homework and every weekend was full of studying. You probably did not enjoy doing any of them but when you left, you put on the same face you chose to put on fourteen years earlier in the same place, outside the classroom.

It has been both an ending and a beginning; it’s warm memories of the past and big dreams for the future. Now as dreamers and achievers, let us all make more memories to preserve, admire, share and inspire. When we look back, we smile as we revisit the laughs we shared with friends and the whining with teachers. But, now it’s time for us to give back to this institution which has filled us with happy memories to cherish for life.

News in Bite Size

R. Swetha, II B.A. English Literature

Revathy, II B.A. English Literature

 

1.     On 14 February 2019, a convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel on the Jammu Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a vehicle-borne suicide bomber in the Pulwama district, Jammu and Kashmir. The attack resulted in the deaths of 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel.The responsibility for the attack was claimed by the Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

 

2.     In retaliation to the Pulwama attack,The Indian Air Force (IAF) struck a Jaish-e-Mohammed camp in Balakot of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) in the pre-dawn hours of 26th February 2019.The Mirage-2000 fighter jets were used to drop explosives on these training camps. A dozen Mirage-2000 fighter jets used to carry out the attack were escorted by four Sukhoi Su-30 aircraft. The Indian government, in an official statement, said, “This non-military pre-emptive action was specifically targeted at the JeM camp…. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commander and jihadis were eliminated.”

 

3.     The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has approved the construction of another 560,695 more affordable houses for the benefit of the urban poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban). The approval was given by the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee under the ministry.

 

4.     The 91st Academy Awards ceremony, honouring the best films of 2018, was held on February 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre, in Los Angeles, California. “Green Book” won best picture, Rami Malek won best actor for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and Olivia Colman won best actress for “The Favourite.” One of the most notable recognition was for “Period. End of Sentence,” a film on menstruation, set in rural India which won the Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category.

 

5.     Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the country’s National War Memorial (NWM) adjoining the iconic India Gate complex in the heart of the capital on the 25th of February.Spread over an area of approximately 40 acres, the memorial comprises four concentric circles, namely — the ‘Amar Chakra’, ‘Veerta Chakra’, ‘Tyag Chakra’ and the ‘Rakshak Chakra’ with names of 25,942 soldiers inscribed in golden letters on granite tablets. The Prime Minister dedicated to the memorial to the nation, built at a cost of Rs 176 crore, by lighting the flame positioned at the bottom of the stone-made obelisk.

It’s all about You: A TV series review

  • Mercy Teres Johny, I M.A. English

Image source : bustle.com

In 2019, nothing is really a secret anymore. Privacy is questioned or laughed at. Social media stalking has become the norm – after all, what harm does it do to merely look up someone online, track down their data and follow their activities? Turns out, quite a lot of harm as the TV series You reveals.

The latest fad that hit the internet and went viral was the release of You that took Netflix (and consequently, a large part of the world) by storm. Featuring a young, charming bookstore owner whose attention is caught by a struggling writer, the series portrays Joe, the protagonist, whois fascinated with Beck, the woman who enters his bookstore one day. It doesn’t take long for him to track her down on social media, identify her location, peer into her windows, take note of her daily schedule, ‘accidentally’ get hold of her phone and get access to her account. And everything done throughout the show is done in the name of ‘love’.In fact, everything he does – whether it’s a murder or brutal torture – is done for the sake of his absolute ‘devotion’ to Beck. And that seems to be absolutely logical and self-explanatory to Joe, even when he eventually locks down Beck. It’s only further proof of his ‘love’, after all.

Throughout the show, there are instances that throw light on issues of child abuse, obsession, safety, true identities and much more. Toxic relationships can always be explained with a four letter word, and that is all it takes for one to move past it. While watching this show, internet users went berserk with their tweets, and what did (or didn’t) seem shocking was the fact that many of them rooted for Joe, in spite of knowing his obsessive, stalking tendencies, in spite of knowing that he murders those he believes are a threat. All it took for them to swoon over him was his charming nature and his utter ‘love’ for Beck. Apparently, finding a devoted man at this time and age is quite hard, and young girls seem to want to find ‘true love’ even at the risk of them being killed the next day.

Users described him as the “hot murderer” and even went so far as to say, “kidnap me pls”. While the depletion of their brain cells could be attributed to the romanticisation of such men through media, the actor himself clearly remarked that the show’s purpose was to show exactly the kind of society that one lives in. He pointedly stated that viewers shouldn’t be lusting after a stalker/murderer. And one can only think of how this trope seems to be carried on through another show – Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bunty Tapes. Ted Bunty, the charming, handsome serial killer woos women with his looks and murders them as quickly as the click of a finger. And how does he do it so easily, one may ask. A good-looking man is all it takes, apparently.

We truly live in questionable times. And this show portrays exactly what is at stake here – now and in the future. All one needs is the internet. It’s a scary place to be in – the real world, the online world. Is there a difference anymore? For all we know, anybody’s privacy can be intervened, their schedule studied, their life picked apart. For all we know, it could be you next.

Crossword

  • Maanbu T, III B.A. English

 

Clues:

Down:

1) Legendary Greek musician, poet and prophet (7)

2) Apollo’s twin (7)

3) Roman God of Love (5)

4) Home to the Einherjar (8)

5) The archer who showed extreme loyalty to Drona (8)

 

Across:

6) You get what you do [principle] (5)

7) Persephone’s father (4)

8) The storm God who brings down rain to fertilize India’s parched soil (5)

9) Odin sacrificed his right eye to drink from Mimir’s ____ (4)

10) Achilles was dipped in this river (4)

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