Poetics of Edibles

My friend Michael Chew recently sent me a link of Gaston Bachelard‘s Poetics of Space. I enjoy looking at the ontology and epistomology of things around; so this inspired me to ponder on and write about the simple things in life. The first post is on what we consider edible and our relationship to these ‘foods’.

To a hungry man-worm is meat, moon is bread, roots are salad. 
A drunk has similar outlook towards life.

A mango is ripe not by its color or guise,
but flavour that draws the swarm of flies.
(read mangoes sweetened with formalin!)

Egg sheds shells, a new life twitters
Oyster sheds shell, a pearl brightly glitters
Man who sheds shell, is lost among others.  

What is tastier than drumsticks?
watching a mother hen nursing its babies. 

Break-in, steal kids: Kidnap
Break a nest, steal eggs: Sport


Bouchi & Barbie: Toys, Media and Children’s Culture

Kids at Play by OnchitaS

Children playing on a field, barren after the harvest has been cut out.

Bangladeshi children traditionally engaged in free play with toys, many of which are self-invented. Brick particles or shoes were being used either to mark opposing teams’ boundaries, or as valuables-to-be-stolen in the games of Mangsho Chor, Fultokka and Bouchi. Playing Chor-dakat-poolish involved choosing random paper notes which assigned participants’ roles in the games as thieves, robbers, and cops.

Children’s play as such, not only contributes to their social learning but enables them to actively participate in social life. Historian Huizinga suggested that culture is created in the form of play because playing rituals helps societies to shape their worldview and interpret lives. Of all the cultural objects given to children, toys are the most significant because they provide a flexible and engaging tool of socialisation.

Among urbanised Bangladeshi children, free play has become rare due to space constraint and isolated neighborhoods. From the late 21st century, media and toys started being used as convenience goods to keep children entertained. With women’s increasing participation in the workforce, parents became busy and found a caretaker in television.

Many sociologists argue that this rapid rise of media technologies used in homes, is causing the disappearance of childhood by Continue reading