Neelakurinji*: Just like the blue shrub bulbs that bloom after every twelve years in a valley in South India this column will focus on prolonged anxieties of the self i.e the concept of ‘conflict in ethos’.
Conflict in Ethos is a bi-monthly column that elaborates the relationship of mental health with self-image, conscious, sub-conscious and unconscious mind and how it binds together to nurture a person’s esteem. It will work with pieces of literature, artwork and movies that elaborate and cultivate identity and its multiplicity from a philosophical domain.
This column will dissect mental health in a contemporary scenario as a response to the current zeitgeist and cultural implications on a person’s mind. It will include excerpts from appropriate pieces of cinema and literature. More specifically it will act as fodder for the analysis of the fabric of an amalgamation of mental health; its cause and consequence with context.
*Strobilanthes kunthiana, kurinji or Neelakurinji, is a shrub that is found in the shola forests of the Western Ghats in South India. Nilgiri Hills, which literally means blue mountains, got their name from the purplish blue flowers of Neelakurinji that blossoms only once in 12 years.