A hungry man is an angry man. An entire nation was in hunger. A hundred thousand
had taken to the streets in protest against the Establishment. They’d marched
for bread and the right to work. A hungry nation showed itself to be a violent
Rajiv was listening to Jamaican politics and civil misery. But this
attentiveness was accompanied by the bass drums, which had taken an insane glee
in pounding the tender tissues of his brain.
MORE TIMES AND THINGS - an anthology of eight stories penned by novelist, Sharlow Mohammed, takes you on a journey of time, a collision course between the way it used to be, the new way, and a battle fought for traditional values versus the contemporary, the psychodrama between a man and his society…
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returning from a break to writing my novels, I would hone my pen at some local
incident, or personal experience. The eight stories which compile this anthology
were written over a period of twenty or so years, and today are of even greater
I had believed my own experience to be extreme and somewhat original, until quite recently, I came upon the following excerpt in a Readers Digest published near a quarter century ago. No other than Mr. Willoughby could have defined this scourge more accurately. Gratefully and thankfully, I use his excerpt, and without permission.
From: A Journey through Love, by John Willoughby
A wise stranger has said that Noise is the ultimate insult!!
It belittles us!!
It gives us nothing at which to strike back. It kills
what is left of many things that we have loved:
music, beauty, friendship, hope and excitement,
and the reassurance of Nature.
Traditionally, noise is used to ridicule,
to embarrass, denigrate, and curse.
While Silence is used for worship, respect ... and
– an amazing experience with a hallucinating drug, potent enough to mirror the
most profound depths of the subconscious.
Pani is a personal experience. It is
also an injunction against the authorities to provide for its citizens, one of
the basic necessities of social democracy.
the cutexed fingers in The Young and the Restless is a vague
symbol of cultural oppression which translates into economic rape and social
is not yet a fully blown Leech. And a
leech sucks the blood of a society until it is dead. He was before God spoke to
Moses on Mount Sinai, the law: “Thou shalt not covet thine neighbours
is about an extant phenomenon long before Cain slew Abel. The evil is not so
much about cultural primogeniture or natural jealousy, as it is of the innate
failure of parents to love and deal with their offsprings fairly.