Author: Lukshana Gopaul

Hinduism & Higher Consciousness

Before delving into the nitty-gritty of the subject, let me begin by expounding on my personal exposure to Hinduism.  I was born into a Hindu household, and while my parents aren’t fervently following the Hindu calendar to the letter, there are certain things that are expected of one born into such a family.  Piety and

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Ode To A Great Being

There was something in his eyes that screamed he needed help.  His aura was so bright you could never look away.  I got to know him at his peak and ever since, I count myself lucky I did.  He was unlike the other men I had loved before him.  He was simple, pure and beautiful

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The Philosophy Behind Face Tattoos

How far are you willing to go to profess your allegiance to fashion?  What are the riskiest trends you’ve adopted in the process of setting yourself apart from your contemporaries?  And more importantly, would you let your individuality in the guise of your own fashion preferences shine through, in a world where conformity is the

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Do Not Resuscitate?

I was walking barefoot along the shore of this isolated beach, wearing daisy dukes and wayward thoughts.  I always knew what I wanted and at that time, what I really wanted was to get away.  But can you truly disappear in such a global world?  How would I even vanish, knowing that all eyes can

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He was beaten up, stripped and chained WITHOUT DUE PROCESS

A forlorn figure slumped in a chair trying to hide his privates from wandering eyes, naked and hogtied with a heavy metal chain.  His lawyer was barely able to hide his outrage, and surely enough, this anachronistic image of a man naked and chained started circulating on social media.  It was redolent of the practices

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Mauritians And Their Collective Amnesia When It Comes To Their Origins

I was browsing Facebook late at night while the cyclone was raging outside.  It was an exciting moment, a synergy that could be felt even from behind a computer screen.  Social media was ablaze with posts detailing the various degrees of damage the cyclone was causing in its path, people sharing anecdotes and memes while

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Why I’m A Feminist In Mauritius

I’d ask myself the question, going over the possible reasons about whether I should adopt the label or not, encumbered by the various reactions (euphemism for insults) that would naturally ensue.  I do not understand how a very straight-forward concept has been warped by so many of its detractors, to the extent that sometimes the

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Why Dunkirk Is The Best Movie Of 2017

The sea, the land, the air-three vantage points that tell the same story.  Nolan’s Dunkirk is different from his body of work, which has comprised of, among other things- a bungling space drama, a psychological dead-end and a saccharine sci-fi- because it’s not contrived, for lack of a better word.  It’s simple yet majestic, it

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