Radicalisation – a solution for existential or social problems?

All over Europe, after the disappearance of the ISIS in October 2017, there is a significant decline in jihadist attacks. Many countries, including France, have lowered their level of vigilance because there is no longer the presence of an agency that plans large-scale fatalities. But this is not the end of jihad. It is a regression, but also a kind of mutation. From almost a quasi-industrial enterprise, like the attacks of November 2015...

Read More

Plan for the Survival of Humanity

For those who still doubt it, the news of this summer (series of heat waves, multiplication of forest fires, cyclones, etc.) is a reminder of what scientists have been saying for almost fifty years: our civilization is facing a global climate crisis endangering the entire planet. Human activities have become the predominant telluric force, our current geological era being described as Anthropocene. The figures projected by organisations such as...

Read More

A New Year

The last three years in Calcutta, my few woollen garments have languished incan an old iron trunk that once belonged to one of my paternal aunts. I haven’t used them because it never felt so cold that I needed them. Not that this phenomenon hasn’t struck me in the years before but I wasn’t convinced of the permanent departure of winter. Now I am. Winter has left this city. It isn’t that Calcutta ever experienced the...

Read More

Cycling to Work in France

Shortly after I wrote this post, I read a report in a French language newspaper on cycling. It reported that Elisabeth Borne, the French Minister of Transport has said,” We must stop looking at the bike patronisingly and consider it a minor matter. “ She is thinking of launching a great bike plan in early 2018 for improving daily transport and help the bicycle to take off as a daily mode of transport for many. Still little known in France, the...

Read More

Thoughts on Road Traffic

Working from home allows a city-dweller to escape the daily drudgery of commuting. When such an individual goes out even for a brief sojourn within the city, she is quickly annoyed by the condition of roads and the interminable traffic jams. The wait appears endless. What  a waste of time and energy!  Do we ever care to find how many man days we lose by keeping our women and men waiting on the roads? What is its effect on the environment, on...

Read More

Young Animals

Serial No. Young Animal 1 calf antelope/buffalo/camel/cattle/elephant/elk/giraffe/hartebeest/rhinoceros/seal/whale 2 cheeper grouse/quail/partridge 3 colt horse 4 cub badger/bear/fox/leopard/lion/tiger/walrus/wolf 5 cygnet swan 6 duckling duck 7 eaglet eagle 8 elver eel 9 eyas hawk 10 fawn caribou/deer 11 filly horse 12 foal horse/zebra 13 fry fish 14 gilt pig 15 gosling goose 16 joey kangaroo/wallaby/possum 17 kid goat/roedeer 18 kit...

Read More