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If you are not with us, are you really against us? Is there no alternative? Is it really a dog-eat-dog world? Have we become a society where the majority barely survive and only a miniscule thrives?



These are a few of the questions that bother us at The Essayist



The Essayist is an attempt – an essay – to bring together on one platform the varied perspectives on different issues by people from different parts of the world. The Essayist hopes to bring the voices of intellectuals and achievers who have managed to remain on the margins despite their successes and continue to push the limits of human thinking. The Essayist hopes to inspire thoughtfulness; a speed-bump that hopefully makes us pause and ponder; even if only for a little bit.



The 3 R’s of The Essayist


The Essayist is a platform that encourages thinking and reflection about our society, culture, and planet; and pushes us to “re-cognize” our understanding of issues and topics and nudges us to think differently.


The Essayist is a forum that encourages the viewing of issue from different perspectives. It promotes “re-view” of an issue in society by putting ourselves in others lives and situations and looking at the world through different lenses .


The Essayist is a space that encourages us to hit the refresh button on human cultural database; drill down and distil the fount of wisdom that exists in human societies and nature. It encourages us to look out of windows that open onto the landscape of ideas painted by intellectual greats throughout our history.


The Essayist supports discernment.




— n

-  a short literary composition dealing with a subject analytically or speculatively
-  an attempt or endeavour; effort
-  a test or trial


— vb

-  to attempt or endeavour; try
-  to test or try out


[from Old French essaier  to attempt, from essai  an attempt, from Late Latin exagium  a weighing, from Latin agere  to do, compel, influenced by exigere  to investigate]



-  a person who writes a short literary composition (?)
-  a person who attempts; makes an effort (?)

- an adherent or practitioner of “essayism”


The Essayist stands on the shoulders of…

We thought it best to illustrate what we are through the writings and thoughts of others; we stand on the shoulders of giants. Thinking women and men who have expressed what The Essayist stands for much before we were born — and in a much better way.


We prefer articles that “defamiliarize the familiar and familiarize the unfamiliar.” (in the words of Zygmunt Bauman)



“Questioning the ostensibly unquestionable premises of our way of life is arguably the most urgent of services we owe our fellow humans and ourselves.”
― Zygmunt BaumanGlobalization: The Human Consequences (2000)



The ‘Silence’ of the Truth-Speakers 


Urdu (in English alphabets) Meaning in English 
Kucchh Log Khamoosh Hain (Some people are silent)
Magar Soch Rahey Hain (But they are contemplating)
Such Tab Bolengey (They will speak the truth…Only)
Jab Such Ke Daam Barengey (Only When… the price of truth goes up)

Adapted from the Urdu – “Khamoosh Such” (The Silent Truth)
Momin Khan Momin (1801-1852)
(A trained physician with interests in poetry, music and astrology; Momin was fluent in Urdu, Arabic and Persian. He demonstrated fierce independence in thought and writing.)


Shout for my Sanity


Once upon a time a wise man came into a town known for its corrupt, uncaring and uncouth ways.


The wise man settled under a tree in the middle of the town square. He rested for a while and then started to talk loudly about the truths and lies of life. He urged people to change their ways and live the honest, caring life – a life of love. The people in the town square stood for a while, looked at the wise man while continuing to talk on their mobile phones, and then went about their business as if nothing had happened.


A merchant who was packing his goods and loading them onto his caravan went up to the wise man and said, “Sir, you are wise. I can tell that from the things you speak. However, why do you choose this town? It is futile to talk wisdom in this town. They do not care.”


The wise man replied, “That will not stop me from trying to change people and make them seek the honest and caring ways.”


The merchant left with his caravan to distant places.


After 20 years, the same merchant returned to that same town. He came to the town square and started to unload his caravan when he heard the same wise man shouting from under the same tree. The wise man looked a little older; he had a long flowing beard and unkempt hair.


The merchant was surprised. He asked a passer-by about the wise man and the passer-by said that he had been screaming about the good life, about caring for others, about honesty, love and justice for the past 20 years and not a single soul ever stopped to listen.


The merchant went up to the wise man and asked, “Do you remember me? I am the same merchant who greeted you on the first day you arrived in this town. Why do you still go on shouting these good thoughts?”


The wise man replied, “In the beginning I hoped to change these people with my words. However, now I keep shouting these good words so that I can stop them from changing me. Today I shout to keep myself from changing and becoming like them.”


Adapted from – Shout To Keep Your Sanity. From the book “Song of the Bird” (1984),
Anthony De Mello (1932-1987)

Anthony De Mello was a Jesuit priest and psychologist;  well known for his books on spirituality.


 “… the vital lies that are essential for our existence.”

Vernon Lee (1856 –1935)
English writer

Vernon Lee was the pseudonym of British writer Violet Paget. She is known as one of the best exponents of the supernatural in fiction, and work on aesthetics. She was responsible for introducing the German concept of ‘Einfühlung’ or ‘empathy’ into the study of aesthetics in the English-speaking world. She also wrote over a dozen volumes of essays on art, music, and travel. Some of her essays can be found at - http://essays.quotidiana.org/lee/



The Impatient Accuser


Urdu (in English alphabets) Meaning in English 
Jab Kahaa Mainey ki Tum (When I said YOU are…)
Be-daadgaar na-aashna (unjust, un-friendly)
Be-mohabbat, Be-wafaa (without love and unfaithful)
Begaana e-ehbaab ho (and uncaring like a stranger)
To usne hans ke furmaya ki (Smiled and said in reply)
Main jo hoon  so hoon (That I am who I am.)
Tum bhee to bechayn ho (But aren’t you restless and impatient)
Be-sabr ho, Betaab ho (and too restless and impatient)


Adapted from the Urdu – “Haazir Jawaabi” (Ready Answer)
Momin Khan Momin (1801-1852)
(A trained physician with interests in poetry, music and astrology; Momin was fluent in Urdu, Arabic and Persian. He demonstrated fierce independence in thought and writing.)





“It is in the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our lives that we must draw our strength to live and our reasons for acting.”

Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986)
French intellectual, writer, political activist




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If we believe that we live in a democratic and civilized world, then we have to be necessarily open to all perspectives and views on life and society. Some of those views may not be worth our time or may be absolute trash but that is a yoke we have to carry since we are born into democracies and believe in equality, liberty, fraternity and justice.


Civil lies at the root of all civilization.


Therefore, we have to learn to agree to disagree in a civilized manner or respond in a civilized manner. If we do not like what we hear we can choose to ignore it at our own peril OR We can always exit the webpage by clicking on the X box.


But that would be a consumer approach to an argument, not a citizen’s…


So we can use a basic skill inherent to all human brains of examining an argument carefully from all sides. We can use our DISCERNMENT.


Examples of analysis performed within any article are only examples. Assumptions made within the analysis or essay are not reflective of the position of any organization or nation.


dis·cern·ment  [dih-surn-muhnt, dih -zurn- muhnt]


  1. the faculty of discerning; discrimination; acuteness of judgment and understanding.
  2. the act or an instance of discerning.


dis·cern  [dih-surn, dih-zurn]

verb (used with object)

  1. to perceive by the sight or some other sense or by the intellect; see, recognize, or apprehend.
  2. to distinguish mentally; recognize as distinct or different; discriminate.

Example: He is incapable of discerning right from wrong.


verb (used without object)

  1. to distinguish or discriminate.