Compiled by Saswat Pattanayak

Bob Dylan is remembered for his poetry. To commemorate his 80th birthday, I thought to focus on his prose instead. I have ardently studied his interviews because they reflect the limitlessness of his expressions; his spoken words are spontaneous and follow no rules ordinarily associated with musical recordings. Below, I have (randomly) selected about 80 lines from among the various chats he has had with journalists over the decades. Here they are, in no particular order. The interviewers include Jonathan Cott (Rolling Stone), Ron Rosenbaum (Playboy), John Cohen (Sing Out!), Happy Traum (Sing Out!), …


By Saswat Pattanayak

Workplace psychology following the pandemic is one of special consideration for a diverse society. Impacts from any form of mass upheaval and confusion, or from social disturbances that get noticed in the wake of a health crisis, are felt across workplaces. Covid-19’s multi-pronged footprints that include massive unemployment, seasonal employment as well as the shifting reliance on remote work, have resulted in the need for assessments that go well beyond studying of industrial labor relations.

In the US, cultural representations and ethnic identities vie for space. Gender expressions remain varied and special accommodations related to disabilities are…


By Saswat Pattanayak

The Novel Coronavirus may eventually subside in a couple of months, and most Americans are hoping to get back on their familiar schedules as soon as the status quo is restored. Hopefully before fall. Then the new academic year shall commence. And the most important election season in this country will get people excited. To reelect yet another candidate who will vigorously maintain the status quo, and carry forward the environment for which we have all developed a herd immunity by now.

With Bernie Sanders out of the race, Americans can heave a sigh of relief that…


By Saswat Pattanayak

Shirley Chisholm became the first black Congresswoman in 1968 and shocked voters again when she sought the Democratic nomination for presidency four years later. She went beyond the gender and racial identities while saying -

“I stand before you today as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States. I am not the candidate of Black America, although I am black and proud. I am not the candidate of the women’s movement of this country although I am a woman, and I’m equally proud of that. I am not the candidate of…


By Saswat Pattanayak

Women soccer players earn a maximum of $99,000 in total during the course of a 20-games season — $4,950 per game, while the payout for the male players is an average of $263,320, or $13,166 per game.

Despite the fact that Sunday’s match was one of the most watched soccer broadcasts ever in the US history, having attracted 14 million television viewers.

Also, despite the fact that half of the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF)’s revenue comes from women’s national team.

According to a Washington Post report, the women’s team brought in $8 million, compared to $350,000 generated…


It is the patriarchal fixation with fathers and husbands as feudal heads of indian households where sanctities are attached to family units, that leads to normalization of corruption in a judicial system that is unsurprisingly spearheaded by the brahminical chiefs. No matter what the chief of the family does, it has to be a hush-hush affair and not be made public. Family becomes sacrosanct and the head of family remains above reproach. Brahminism which governs Indian society is founded upon the philosophy of unquestioned belief in the supreme authority, the highest caste, the sacred book. No one messes with the…


First they came for the Muslims, and I did not speak out -
Because I was not a Pakistani.

Then they came for the women, and I did not speak out -
Because I was not a Feminist.

Then they came for the Adivasis, and I did not speak out -
Because I was not a Naxalite.

Then they came for the Dalits, and I did not speak out -
Because I was not an Ambedkarite.

Then they came for the rationalists, and I did not speak out -
Because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the…


A weeklong symposium on gender called “Equality Forum†will start from tonight. Philadelphia Daily News reports:

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova will be honored as a role model, men and women of faith will gather at historic Christ Church, and gay choruses will celebrate 25 years of making music during this week’s Equality Forum Symposium.

Equality Forum, which began locally 15 years ago to promote civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, has evolved into a national and international education-focused nonprofit that also produces documentary films (last year’s “Saint of 9/ll”) and sponsors GLBT History Month in October.

The…

SASWAT PATTANAYAK

Journalism, Psychology, Photography

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