The best way to know the self is feeling oneself at the moments of reckoning. The feeling of being alone, just with your senses, may lead you to think more consciously. More and more of such moments may sensitize ‘you towards you’, towards others. We become regular with introspection and retrospection. We get ‘the’ gradual connect to the higher self we may name Spirituality or God or just a Humane Conscious. We tend to get a rhythm again in life. We need to learn the art of being lonely in crowd while being part of the crowd. A multitude of loneliness in mosaic of relations! One needs to feel it severally, with conscience, before making it a way of life. One needs to live several such lonely moments. One needs to live severallyalone.

Thursday 8 January 2015


Charlie Hebdo is going to come out next Wednesday, the day it comes out every week - in the true spirit of the rightful and needed defiance of the terror attack on its office in Paris yesterday that killed its 10 staffers including its four cartoonists. And they are going to print 1 million copies. In past, the average circulation figure of the magazine has been hovering around 50,000 copies.

The killers are on the run. The manhunt is on. Some over 80,000 French security personnel are mapping the possible leads. The world is watching. And the world is speaking on it.

There are voices of defiance. There are voices of shock. There are voices of support. There are voices of resolve. And there are fanatic voices as well, lauding the attack, from terror groups like ISIL or Taliban to even from politicians of vested interests.

And the defiant voices that started emerging immediately, are getting stronger with time, with people from the world over expressing their outage, flooding the social media platforms - with media outfits paying tributes and keeping up the momentum.

And the anger, the shock, the pain and the resolve - it reflects in the cartoons drawn to pay tribute and drawn to show the defiance - with cartoonists coming out fiercely in denying the terrorists what they were aiming for - instilling horror in the hearts of those who defy the diktats of terrorists and the terror warlords.

The cartoons of defiance slap rightly in the face of terrorists and fear-mongers with hard and direct attacks, something that made for several Charlie Hebdo covers, as well as with subtle symbolisms, the hallmark of political cartoons.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey -

Here are some of the best 'cartoons of defiance' from the Internet pages:

(Images courtesy: different cartoonists, independent and working for news outfits)