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- Archives: February 2006
- LiveStrong Bands - Funding or Fashion?
If you're wearing the bands just as a fashion statement, then you're making a mockery of a cause that is important to many people.
- A Snake In The Grass
The disturbing factor is that the sick theoretician Anton Balasingham has jumped on Erik Solheim’s bandwagon.
- Globalization - A Curse Or A Blessing?
Is globalization a good or a bad thing? Can it used to improve the standards of a society?
- The Times Of India - Rahul Gandhi's Media Manager?
The Times of India seems to be going all out for Rahul Gandhi as our next prime minister.
- Love in Cell Phone Time
We do trust our government to legislate morality. Don’t we?
- Consumerism and Sex
Sadly, there is no one to question the present market-and-media ethos that turns women's bodies into consumer objects.
- Shah AMS Kibria: Asking for Justice
Anniversary of a political killing in Bangladesh
- Parenting From An Immigrant Perspective
Overcoming parenting issues facing first generation immigrants.
- Book Review: Memories Of My Melancholy Whores
A timeless love story of an ageless Ninety year old.
- Nine Women Cannot Have A Baby In One Month
If 5 men dig a trench in 3 days, how many men can dig the trench in one day?
- MiKajal Jackson's BAD!
Does Bollywood actress, Kajol, resemble Michael Jackson?
- Hamlet by Mohammad Jacques-Pierre
The Prince of Denmark ponders artistic expression, censorship, hesitation, cynicism and violence - all in cartoons.
- Speed Kills - Not Video Games
Video games don't kill people; people kill people.
- Maqbool - A Study In Guilt
One of the finest Indian movies ever.
- FM And The Death Of Music
Have FM and Satellite radio killed the very essence of music?
- Muslims and Inclusion in India
I was willing to give this article a chance. I was willing to read with an open mind and try to understand the author's
- Josh Tones & Suicide Bombers
As the debate bounces between “good” and “bad” Islam and the left fades out, the politics of economic justice have been obliterated.
- You Don't Know What I Want
You don't need to know. But if you want to give me a solution then better know what my problem is.
- 2014: The Year Google Crushed The Fourth Estate
Today in 2014 the New York Times has gone offline, in feeble protest to Googlezon’s hegemony
- Inside Mut'ah Marriage in Indonesia
Obviously most religions suggest that a marriage should be based on love. In reality, however, it is not that easy.
- The Silver Platter Theory And The Victim Mentality
No one and no society, country or group exists for the altruistic good of others.
- NRI Parents - Empty Nesters, But Lonely No More
Parents of non-resident Indians form social networking groups to overcome the empty-nester syndrome.
- The Freedom Of The H1-B Slave - A Slave By Choice
Ten years ago, I followed the voluntary exodus of well-educated and ambitious young Indians who left India for America by the thousands every year.
- The Tourist Is A Demon
The hunger for foreign exchange has made the government of India one of South Asia's biggest pimps.
- Pakistan Records An Emphatic Victory Over India In The Test Series
Pakistan's first test series victory over their arch-rivals, India, in 19 years.
- Traffic Shock - Driving In India
I was called an NRI for obeying the rules. I am not sure if that was an insult.
- It Pays To Have The Big Guys On Your Side
Today a person is given importance more on the basis of 'who he knows' rather than'what he does'.
- Does God Have A Sense Of Humor?
On the recent "Mohammed cartoons" in the Jyllans Postens and a look at humor in the major religions.
- Sachin Tendulkar - A Steady Decline Or Just A Temporary Glitch?
Please Sachin, please don't make idiots like me write articles where we question your record. It's time to perform.
- Our Story Is Not History For Everybody
Colonial attitudes have proven unwieldy in the past and have caused nothing but trouble; don't you think it's time we tried something different?
- The Freedom to be Offended
Expressing oneself freely within the confines of the law and without duress is one of the cornerstones of liberal societies.
- Big Brother is Taping You
As our world turns upside down, a huge amount of daily transactions will pass through these communication lines.
- Prophet Cartoons Spark Protests!
As a tradition visual depictions of the Prophet or Allah are considered anti-Islamic.So, can non-believers depict visuals of these two entities?
- Reasons Why India Should Vote Against Iran
I have tried to look at the reasons for voting against Iran.
- Exporting People
I always wondered if we could export our excess people to generate more foreign currency.
- An Interview With Gotham Chopra Of Virgin Comics
Blogs, digital cameras, laptop computers, and other innovations have really opened up the medium of expression and creativity and enabled a degree of media democratization.
- On Take-offs and Blast-offs
Well, sometimes I have no choice - have to defend him. Wouldn't you if she would start off with 'Your son'?
- Opposition to Outsourcing - Propaganda or reality ?
Is there any merit in opposition to 'outsourcing' or an example of tables being turned?
- From An Airport Striker's POV
An employee of the Mumbai Airport, forced to participate in a strike, shares his real feelings.
- Memories Of The Calcutta Book Fair
The Calcutta Book Fair was not only about books. It was about people who love books.
- Of Networks And Regional Languages, Or Why I Was Constantly Bored In School
What we often seem to forget is that languages are communication mechanisms.
- Book Review : The Kite Runner By Khalid Hosseini
The art of book writing has ceased since the time book writing has become a lucrative entry to Hollywood.
- How a Traffic Light Led to the Purchase of a Piggy Bank
A silver lining in a depressing life lesson.
- Is This The End Of Cricket Diplomacy?
A hyped summit is constantly under the media scanner and there is public pressure for fast results.
- The Freedom To Be Offended - Part 2
What is legal and permissible is local; there is no global standard that can, or even should, be applied.
- Morning conversations on Radio Mirchi
The HOTTEST radio station in the universe!
- The Official Bollywood Movie Dictionary
The relationship between Bollywood movies and the Indian audience is simply mind-blowing.
- Book Review: Exploring The JDS Linux Desktop
Microsoft will be in trouble when the average person finds Linux easy to use...here's how to get started.
- Massage Parlors - Customer Service At Its Best
Are massage parlors cheaper alternatives to Chiropractors or 'illict' painkillers?
- State of The Union - India
India gets mentioned as America's competitor in State of The Union address by President Bush.
- Why Not A Catwalk At The Demolished Mall?
I was amazed to see people from the fashion industry, who call themselves modern and representing the liberal society, taking shelter beneath the umbrella of
- CD/DVD Review: Billy Bragg Volume 1
A remarkable tribute to a genuinely unique performer and individual.
- Asian Horror Retrospective - Three Extremes
A horror barrage-a-trois from some of East Asia's best horror directors.
- Movie Review: Rang De Basanti - Harsh Jolt Back To Reality
A slightly more detailed look at Rang De Basanti even though the topic might have already been done to death. Meant to be a discussion
- am no god
When I was young, I knew everything
- Alarming Beginnings To Cricket's New World Order
The BCCI takes unilateral steps in wanton disregard to international agreements.
- A Tale Of Two Cities: A Socioeconomic Analysis Of Outsourcing - Part 1
Are Americans experienceing culture shock in America due to their own capitalist philosophy?
- Desicritics And Historical Commentary On Free Speech And The Danish Cartoons
Historical guardians of free speech, some memories and Desicritics on the Danish cartoons.
- While The Gods Fail
Is this "Spiritual Guru" business over the centuries the greatest smokescreen ever erected by ALL the spiritually "accomplished"?
- And what do you think about terrorism, ladies and gentlemen?
Let me state it again. We have to decide whether we are for or against terrorism. We have to take a stand ladies and gentlemen.
- Opposition To Outsourcing - Propaganda or reality ? Part - 2
Is outsourcing a new concept? or was it there since Industrial revolution. Does outsourcing means only job outsourcing?
- An Assault On Muslims
Over the past five years, this peaceful nation has been put to task for something which only a handful of fanatics continue to do.
- Learning To Trust Your Decisions And Judgement
To be able to make a decision completely on your own is a gift beyond all others. With it comes great responsibility, but without it
- Book Review - Anil's Ghost
I read this book a while back and would place it among the great literature of our times. One of those books one needs to
- The Idea of Pakistan
The futile reasons for the existence of Pakistan
- Meet The Indian Farmer
The Indian farmers have been set up to fail.
- Sacred Dogmas Of Free Society
Free Press would have been a good thing had not Journalists shunned away their social responsibilities in the name of Editorial Liberty.
- Pure Unrequited Love
A return to poetry, and unrequited love.
- I Love Google Video
This whole convergence and killer apps business that engineers have been talking about for the past decade might finally take off this year.
- Naked Democracy
A pragmatic fairy tale of the benevolent king and the enlightened kingdom.
- Speak Out For Yourself
There is no place for religious dogma in a secular society.
- Mumbai Blogger Meet Up - A Report
New friends, new blogs & new beginnings in the new year.
- Colour Me
How does a celluloid image hold more power than the picture of a real child hurting?
- The Intuitive Leader
Intuition, by definition, is something that cannot be analysed or explained. Once analysis begins, the entire concept of intuition is lost.
- The Kala Ghoda Gazette
February comes and South Mumbai’s lively historic art district ‘Kala Ghoda’ comes alive to the tune of the Kala Ghoda Art Festival.
- Book Review: Transplanted Man By Sanjay Nigam
Set almost entirely in a hospital, in the "Little India" of New York City,Transplanted Man reads like a really fun, desi version of ER or
- Wing Commander G.R. Mulky, 'Wingco', Founder, KQA, Passes Away
"Wherever we are, we will be together."
- Movie Review: The Village
It is always difficult to describe a movie after you've let it sit for a while.
- Economic Reforms And The Indian Farmers
Economic liberalization and its impact on Indian farmers.
- The Hypocrisy Of The Cartoon Controversy
Religion is always controversial, so are western media groups and not to forget Vijay Sappani too :)
- Sales Lessons In Haryana
The following came about as a result of a business trip I undertook in Haryana during November last year.
- Movie Review: Brokeback Mountain
Nominated for 8 Oscars but, is overhyped, IMHO. Michelle Williams should win for Best Supporting Actress, however.
- John Abraham Appointed UN Ambassador For Asia Against Drug Abuse And Crime
India’s current heart-throb John Abraham has been appointed the UN Ambassador for Asia against Drug Abuse and Crime.
- India Votes Against Iran On IAEA Resolution
The IAEA, UN watchdog, reports Iran to the Security Council.
- Sometimes Love Just Isn't Enough!
We all look for love, but to be frank, deep inside we all know that it takes more than love to go on and keep
- Freed Bonded Laborers Build Future
The dream of the homeless to own their own home comes true for laborers in Pakistan
- Who Created Us?
Just Another Random Creation Theory
- Musty Tomes Full Of Trouble
Textbooks, in the post-colonial framework, are the most important measure of establishing the national myth/ideology or framework of the national founders.
- French Opposition To Mittal Steel Arcelor Bid - The Real Story
France as expected is opposing the Arcelor bid. Is there more than what meets the eye in the call of 'Economic Patriotism' by the French
- Myriad Images At A Mumbai Barber
Pali Hill, Bandra, for all its amenities, is filled with barbers the likes of which charge large amounts of money.
- Extreme Timing
Freedom and extremism in media
- CD Review: The Essential Ravi Shankar
With traditional ragas on disc 1, and "East meets West" compositions on disc 2, this is an excellent introduction.
- Are Indian Legal & Financial Frameworks Out Of Sync With The Internet Economy?
Either Indian legal & financial frameworks are simply too naïve to understand the Internet economy or they are setting trends
- Movie Review: Khamosh Pani (Silent Waters)
Going to the cinema isn't considered to be a respectable pastime...the police even raided a Karachi cinema on the grounds that it was a den
- Images Of India
Two snapshots of the India we live in.
- Let Us Divorce God
The age old and ever inconclusive debate over Jab'r and Qad'r, Ordained or Free Will, Determinism or Indeterminism is being lost to Ordained without a
- Who Opposes Textbook Revisionism?
The monolithic presentation of Hinduism must be opposed for the sake of Hinduism.
- Memories Of My Grandfather
My grandfather would have been 106 today and has been dead for twenty-one years. I still miss him.
- Pontificating On The Oscars
Like any competitive awards, the Oscars are useful up to a point. Don't take them so seriously.
- The Inimitable Mr. Shanbhag And A Brand Called Strand
Today, almost 6 decades down the line, unlike its competitors, Strand doesn’t sell coffee, it doesn’t have any music playing and its only branch is
- Tagore's Gora, And The Problems Of Religion
Should we try and fix the problems of our religions, or should we move on?
- Pirates of the Middle East - The Curse Of The Black Gold
Are American politicians being candid enough? Do Indian and Chinese leaders have a long-term picture in mind?
- My Attempt At ‘Name-a-logy’
The name-change trend seems to be getting very popular these days.
- Movie Review: The Butterfly Effect
Reality isn’t always pretty. It is a matter of looking at it without the rose coloured glasses and seeing what needs to be cleaned up.
- Here Live Enslaved Children
The state of children in bonded labor in India.
- Painting With Words
If I were a painter.
- India's Energy Security
It is evident that energy consumption is directly proportional to the economic well-being of a country.
- Affordable Housing - Verbal Slapstick At Its Best
...A world where terms like affordable housing and military intelligence are the verbal equivalent of slipping on a banana peel: funny to watch but lousy
- Top Ten Pre-placement Lies
Lies your company never told you, or did they?
- Casteism In America
This country is going down the route of the Indo-Aryans of 5000 years ago by creating a caste system.
- L'Affaire Cartoons De Mohammed
It appears that the European press, or at least its right wing, has suddenly discovered Voltaire and his famous defense of free speech.
- Ugly Mohammed leads to Persia Burning
If Islam forbids the portrayal of Muhammed or Allah, it is binding only on practicing Muslims.
- Living In America - Superbowl XL
The Superbowl - an intriguing sports engima with million-dollar ads.
- Who Does The Government Serve: The Death Of A Farmer
A displaced farmer is arrested for loans taken on the field he was displaced from. Cry Justice!
- Revisiting Ketan Mehta's 'Mangal Pandey'
'Mangal Pandey: The Rising' is, at heart, a rollicking masala mythological, albeit one where the figure being deified is a human one, and the 'religion'
- Pigeon Love
My heart is a cooing pigeon, My words, wings flapped to lurch
- Passion For Freedom, Or Freedom Of Passion?
Mohammed's sublime passion stands in sharp contrast to the base passions on display
- Being Brown In America
The increasing cost of living while brown in the USA.
- Earthquake Building Code For South Asia
Millions of South Asians live under the constant threat of a Himalayan blunder
- The Prophet's Cartoons: Voices Of Reason
The Danes were never known for their sense of humor and these caricatures of the Prophet were in poor taste.
- State Of The Gypsyman Address
This world is a pretty spectacular place and part of its charm is the diversity of thought, opinion, and belief.
- Talent shortage In Human Resources
Ironically, the people who are charged with finding and retaining talent are themselves in short supply in India.
- Zinda Buddha Beta (OldBoy Is Alive)--A Review?
Is this an original story? Is this a review? Or a dreaded "Indianization" ?
- Cartoons Of The Prophet, Caricatures Of Expression
The controversy over the cartoons is a sign of similar conflicts. How will people from different belief systems interact with each other?
- Abundance: Or Prayers For Wealth
Spiritual matters should be concerned with the nurturing of the soul and the heart, not the bankbook.
- Movie Review: Zinda
When is revenge justifiable? And at what point is the act of revenge complete?
- CNN Report: Europe's Communal Tensions
We are witnessing massive protests throughout European cities such as Londonistan against the alleged ‘desecration’ of Mohammed.
- Western Crisis Intervention Needed
From Blogcritics, Current sparks of Islamic violence across the globe in feverish protest over a handful of stupid cartoons.
- Blog Your Way To Higher Sales
Can business blogs help in a country like India, where the internet penetration is low.
- Mera Bharat Mahan
When is the right time to go home?
- How Bonded Child Labor Works
The forces that push children into bonded labour in India
- Theatre Review: Witness for the Prosecution at META
An example of a good play spoilt by a change in script
- A Balance Of View, Expression And Violence
Balance of Views is the only way to Balance in Expression.
- Rang De Basanti - An Open Letter To Rakeysh Mehra
The first thing the Goverment of India should do is make this movie Tax-Free
- "Freedom of Speech" vs. "Being Civilized"
The Danish Cartoon episode highlights a critical issue: Is "Freedom to Express" always same as being "Civilized"?
- Ends And Means
Do ends justify the means? If so, then why are we condemning the Jehadis, who have an end that is pure, freedom of their motherland,
- The Freedom To Be Offended -- Part 3
Name any thing or any idea, and I will show you a group which considers that thing immoral, or unethical, or evil and that it
- The End Is Nigh: Finishing The First Draft Of "The Novel"
Maybe they will never get published except through my own means, that won't take anything away from the fact that I created a world, populated
- Movie Review: Rang De Basanti
The first half is so good, it saves the second half.
- What's The Real Deal, Mr Prime Minister?
The developments in the last few months makes me feel that there is a wide range of collateral associated with the Nuclear deal.
stopped at red on islington yesterday and the scent of jasmine wafted in i around looked for baleful eyes
- Book Review- Undead And Unwed
What do Apple Jack Frosted Kelloggs and the book Undead and Unwed have in common?
- Biotech: The Next Tech Revolution In India
The next business revolution in India after IT may be quietly but surely creeping in!
- Caesarean Deliveries: Scientific Progress Gone Boink
This rising trend in the use of C-Sections for delivering babies is not unique to India.
- Indian Government Announces Committee To Legalize Illegal Structures In New Delhi
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today finally directed the constitution of a high powered committee for legalizing the illegal constructions in New Delhi
- The Cartoons Were A Journalistic Project
The cartoons were a journalistic project to find out how many cartoonists refrained from drawing the Prophet out of fear
- FON, Revolutionary WiFI Start-Up Bags $21.7 million Funding
Fon, a "gloabl community of people who share their WiFi connections," got a huge infusion of VC money last week. The company got $21.7 million
- Market Critique Of Coke/Pepsi Behavior
Making profits through exploitation is not really economic growth.
- Strangers in the night
Does good still exist in today's world?
- Freedom to Paint Bharat Mata NUDE
Free artistic expression is an integral part of ancient hindu culture.
- We are Fighting the Huns
One and a half millennia later, the fall of the Roman Empire presents some very valuable lessons to us.
- Bridging The Gap Between Religions Is Impossible
The current vicious religious atmosphere has made some commenters say that it is time that sane people from all faiths came together to "bridge the
- Lalee: A Story Of A Freed Slave
Slavery in Pakistan is a reality. Private prisons provide labour to a feudal form of rural Pakistan. This is one story.
- Night Time In London
Whatever happened to the London night? Sukhdev Sandhu begins his exploration.
- Demolition Orders: To Legalise Or Not?
These demolition orders have opened up a Pandora’s Box for the respective state governments.
- Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada: The New Hypocrisy
I think we would be wise not to give them too much time in power, for their own good. They wouldn't want to become just
- Inzi to go on diet?
Why Inzamam should not be complaining of a case of bad-taste-in-mouth!
- Condom Bombs : A Nasty Means Of Protest.
Homemade condom bombs mailed to legit institutions
- Should Parliamentary Approval Be Made Necessary For Foreign Policy Decisions?
Can we trust any five year government to take decisions related to strategic interesst of the country?
- Of Indomitable Will
Papillon: An exquisite movie about human endurance and indomitable will
- On Arrogance And Humility
The pursuit of yearning makes them aware of how little they know and they realize that on the vast shoreline of existence they are but
- Economic Impact of Externalities
Accounting for the cost of profits
- Looking For Comedy In The Muslim World, And Finding Irony
As you read about the continuing riots over the caricatures of Mohammed, I urge you to please shed a tear for Al Brooks.
- Cracking Jokes about Cartoon Bombs !
4 Artists Explode Bombs in Good Humor .o#%@*
- The Rubble Rumbles
There are great laws and judgements but these can only be translated into reality if people like you and I taken the role of bridging
- N-deal: An Isolated PMO
Hypocrisy aside, it is clear that there are fundamental differences between the Indian and American negotiating positions.
- Ali-Money : Are (Some) Women Misusing The Law ?
Manipulation of the law is not an uncommon phenomenon in India.
- Cosmic Theft! The Milky Way Has Been Stealing Stars
We guys are smart to have placed such a loser constellation next to us to start with!
- Book Review: Horton Hatches The Egg
Sticking by your word. Sticking up for the small guy. Healthy seeds to plant in young, fertile minds. But how?
- DVD Review: Ali: Fear Eats The Soul (Angst essen Seele auf)
Some films reach into the heart of society and rip it out, displaying it on a gibbet for us to see and feel.
- Indian Innovation
Innovation is about knowing when to diverge to come out with opportunities, ideas, options, and then reversing the process to converge
- Theatre Review: Chekov in My Life
Chekov apni kabar mein ulat raha hoga
- An American Deserter Fights For Refuge Status In Canada
One man's justice is another man's persecution
- Murdoch's Law Of Extreme Sports
I don't sit down in front of TV every evening to watch grown men attempting to pot polished little balls as if their life depended
- The Pause Button
If we do not voluntarily learn to use and enjoy the pause button now mother nature will impose it upon us. Only then it
- Postage stamps on email?
The senders must send email only to those who have given them explicit permission for email, or risk being banned.
- Repeal Of Hudood Laws In Pakistan
It's an absurd law that has no basis in Islam yet it's on the books because President Zia made a deal with religious parties in
- Book Review: Anansi Boys
How messed up can your life get if you happen to be the son of a god?
is there anything we cannot do to stay afloat? tell me then why are we segmented?
- Toilet Training And Education
The children of India are the best you can have, we do not have the right to let them down.
- Dropping It Like It’s Hot
Intercollegiate desi dance competition takes Philadelphia by storm.
- Death By Humor
Looking for comedy in the wrong places may be injurious to health.
- The Lives I Have Lived
Cheek against cheek in the sweaty heat.
- The Winter Olympics Begins In Turin, Does South Asia Care?
It looks like the Winter Olympics 2006 will be a 'no snow' in South Asia.
- Killing Lovers
Everyone here must have read of the various couples (bf gf types) who have been killed by their own families in Harayana, Bihar, Rajasthan and
- Movie Review: The Vibrance of Rang De Basanti
The message it conveys, though a trifle stark, is relevant enough.
- The Sensibility Of Not Painting One's Mother Nude
Whenever nationalist sensibilities are offended we generally have our national media looking to trivialize the issue, and pooh-pooh the people who take offence.
- Pune Among World's Top Ten Emerging Cities For Business
Pune is in the top 10 list of Forbes for the emerging business cities.
- How Do you Do? And Some Thoughts...
The New Kid on The Block Talks about Iran, Power Duopolies, Pakistan, Muslim Fundoos, and "Those Cartoons"
- DVD Review:The Richard Pryor 4 Movie Collection
Do yourself a favour and seek out something else as a memento or an introduction to Richard Pryor's career.
- What Is The price India Pays For The Nuclear Deal?
After David Mulford it is the turn of French Ambassador to ask India to compromise for the nuclear deal.
- Muhammad Cartoons Interpreted
Revealing expressions in the heart of European media
- N-deal: Deconstructing The ‘Cheerleaders’
We now analyze the cheerleader brigade in the Indian media who are hurriedly trying to push this deal.
- Literacy In India: Can India 'Spell' Success?
At a time when India is being felicitated for its potential economic prowess, it is indeed sobering to look at the facts.
- What's Bush Got To Do With It?
I thought it might be a funny letter, and frankly, at the end of it, it did seem to be unintentionally funny.
- Hunting Grounds
Steamy breaths evaporated in the chilly air of an unusually silent forest as he shivered and looked around trying to locate the hunter.
- Democracy AmBUSHed
Democracy is not merely a mantra. It is not just elections. Elections are the first step. Sustaining the "culture of choice" is far more important.
- The Changing Landscape Of Consulting
Now we are seeing the benefits that offshoring has provided for technology solutions are getting extended to consulting as well.
- Neo-Conservative Revisionism; A Rant
The issue is not each other's religious faith or each other's religious community; the issue is that a certain 21st century chauvinism of a tribal
- What Is Different In Hussain's Caricature And The Prophet's Cartoons
Hussain's act can't be approved under the garb of "Freedom of Expression"
- Memories Of Hyderabad
Hyderabad holds a quaint charm, it has still not been ravaged by commercialization and westernization, the twin diseases plaguing the metros of India.
- With A Grain Of Salt: Sons of the Soil
The inconsistency is clear, everybody agrees on the equality principle, everybody agrees on the fairness principle, but how does one reconcile these two?
- CD Review: Zulu Groove - Afrika Bambaataa
...some of the juiciest funk licks this side of a Parliament/Funkadelic concert.
- An Uncommon Love Story
A pristine, timeless tale of love in marriage. A perfect reminder on Valentine's Day.
- Grow Up India!
Don't we, as a country, have the maturity to understand that ups and downs are part of every person's life, as they are a part
- Movie Review: Fun With Dick And Jane
I instinctively knew I was going to like this movie - and I did
- Movie Review: Firewall
Mainstream dreck that culminates in a mismatched fistfight to determine the outcome of the film. Harrison Ford's worst film since his last one.
- Human Rights for All: The Nature of the Beast in Pakistan
How does a country like Pakistan improve it’s human rights situation?
- Sachin Tendulkar - The Indian Truman Show?
What is it about a short, stocky, high-pitch-voiced man that India has taken to its heart?
- India - Islamic Under The Name Of Secularism
From where did it find the impudence to tell the Danish Govt. what to do when Muslim sentiments are alone hurt?
- Interview: Anita Majumdar, Star of "Murder Unveiled"
She's the award-winning star of the film "Murder Unveiled", which was inspired by a true, modern-day Romeo & Juliet story involving a Canadian woman and
- Batman Begins And The Hegelian Dialectic
This film pulls out the stops in rendering the character powerfully, and sets the stage for a rejuvenated franchise.
- Canadian Politics: How To Work A Minority Government
How the opposition could govern Canada and Stephen Harper become a lame duck Prime Minister before he even starts.
- Linux Asia 2006 And The Future Of Open Source
"It is not possible to make lots of money through open source software. The only market is for services."
- Random Thoughts of A Graduate Student on Love and Everything Else
All this is a manifestation of my stealing the time away from the purpose of my life, which is not just procreation by the way,
- CD Review: Carolina Breakdown - Etta Baker & Cora Phillips
This was music that was going to be played all night long, so it wasn't in any hurry; it had all the time in the
- Walking The Tightrope of Life - The Suicide Of Kuljeet Randhawa
Some thoughts triggered by the suicide of actor-model Kuljeet Randhawa. A 'thinking aloud' as to the underlying causes and in its light possible solutions.
- Freedom of Speech as a Weapon of Mass Destruction
Just as the few fundamentalist Muslims decided that they are the real custodians of Islam, a few people from the press decided that they actually
- Indian Students - Living In Oblivion
For an average 20 year old guy, the most difficult question to answer is with regards to his career path. What does he want to
- Thank You For Your Email
When will people learn to have the common sense of checking the truth about the mails they forward to us.
- Indian Minorities And The "Still a Baby" Argument
Minorities can get away with any demonstrations or any killings, but if the majority try it, they are painted black and blue.
- Superstars Make Money Endorsing Community Exploitation
An open letter to celebrities asking whether it is appropriate that they continue to endorse a product that dumps huge externalities on local communities, exploiting
- Film Financing in India
The business of filmmaking garnered industry status long back but banks are still shy of financing films.
- Simi Aunty Is Back
Simi Garewal is back with Rendezvous' new season on Star World.
- One Child Norm for India?
Is enforcing the “One child norm” a viable solution to curb overpopulation?
- Canada Needs Recall Legislation
It is high time that Canada ensures its elected representatives are held accountable for their actions beyond just risking re-election.
- Book Review: Upamanyu Chatterjee’s Weight Loss
Upamanyu Chatterjee's new novel is likely to put many readers off - but there's a lot that's interesting about this book.
- Should Stock Options Be Scrapped?
Had there been no stock options, would Enron have been a different story? Can there be more Enrons?
- Indian Courts - Kafkaesque!
Spending so much time, money and effort and wasting national resources on such a petty thing - It happens only in India!
- Sher Bahadur Deuba, ex-Nepal PM, Released From Prison
King Gyanendra has had little success thus far in winning the hearts and minds of the Nepalese people.
- Urdu Tech News: "The Marriage of Google Mail and Google Talk"
"Gmail aur Google Talk ka biyaah"
- The Myths Underlying Child Labour
There can be no excuse for the violation and oppression of millions of children – it is the responsibility of the government and of the
- Movie Review: What I Think Of Rang De Basanti
Tolerance is an ethical attribute of a philosophy. Tolerance is an action which presupposes a situation and a set of principles to act on.
- The Pirates Of The Internet
In the present era of 'corporatocracy', there is an increasing threat to this free space for "sharing"
- Valentine Poems
A conflicting examination sans roses
- Movie Review: Mixed Doubles
While posturing as a realistic, modern, serious and provocative film, Mixed Doubles reinforces the same old gender stereotypes.
- Meet Your Soulmate, Online!
Online social networking is another big business opportunity in India. It looks like it is just waiting to happen!
- CD Review: Broadcasting The Blues: Black Blues In The Segregation Era
The best we can do for (blues musicians) now is to honour their contributions to our culture and our lives by learning their names now,
- Mush Is In The Air
Another Valentine’s Day! Big Deal!
- Abode Of Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
It is imperative that India Army is left secular and not communalised!
- Tendulkar-Bashers Please Stand Up
Can these doubters please stand up. Are there people who still question greatness?
- Why Private Equity Firms Destroy Value
Private equity firms play a great role in providing liquidity to small and mid cap firms.
- Cappucinos And Coconuts
We've all heard the term coconut before and to be honest I've always thought it to be rather crude.
- Discarded Cigarette Butts, Music, Fusion, Goa1000 Supari
Ali Azmat (of Junoon fame) & Alms of Shanti(of Indus Creed fame) in Concert. Mumbai, Azad Maidan
- An Orchestrated Protest
Such a level of violence which included gun shots unseen even in bastions of Islamism such as Iran and Syria couldn't have happened without the
- Jaane Bhee Do Yaaron! The Visceral Appeal of Rang De Basanti
Rang De Basanti sends me on a nostalgic and guilt induced trip.
- The Hidden Factory: Child Labour In India
Have we, as consumers, ever stopped to wonder where the trinkets, ornaments, decorative pieces that we buy, the very clothes that we wear and the
- It's Back To The Drawing Board For The Australian Cricket Team
The Australian Cricket team, once invincible, is now under question.
- FICCI Frames - Any Impact On The Entertainment Sector?
The music sector is dying a slow death because of piracy and the Internet, the television industry has been crying for changes on distribution for
- Nadira: Death Of A Legend
She acted in some of the best films from Bollywood's golden years.
- Now You See It, Now You Don't
In many ways, India and China are more alike than apart. Unfortunately, these are not the good ways.
- Life In Sherwood - Horsy And Food
In short, Horsman Wing is where you are the protected little kiddies who look upto Dixon Wing in the same manner that a convict would
- Counter-productive Affirmative Action And Reservations
I have always maintained that the correct point at "intervention" to help the poor and the disadvantaged is to help the needy in their education!
- The Dangers Of Herbal Remedies
Being able to have a say in the medicine I take, even if only in a small way, is a privilege. I would hate to
- Of Animated Protestors And Inflamed Passions
Who are these so called "cartoon protestors"? And what is this thing the media calls the "muslim world"? My perspective.
- Another Occupying Army
The army in Pakistan is the occupying army. It is a tetra-headed monster that favors k(h)akistocracy.
- Indian Laws Against Bonded Labor
A Human Rights Watch report provides extensive review of the domestic laws in India that protect children against bonded labor and the
- Confused Messages
It is almost frightening to see such acts of blatant disregard to laws and rules in broad daylight, and what is even more scary is
- The Indian Telecom Party
The Government of India was determined in its socialist ideals and denied basic necessities to Indians.
- People Of The Grammar
In a world where preservation of knowledge is as important as its production (if not more), memory becomes of paramount important.
- The First Love
The first love is always special, because it can never happen again, and can never mean this much ever again. This is my story.
- Book Review: The Twentieth Wife
A well crafted book, where historical fact blend with a beautiful and rich imagination, and an excellent writing style.
- Broadband Pricing
This is a systematic failure of the regulatory regime; most of the consumers are willing to be insulted for whatever "intellect" they might have.
- PhotoBlogging Cartoon Protests In Karachi
Some pictures from the cartoon protests in Pakistan
- The More We Change
Alvin Toffler, whose Third Wave used to be my Bible back in the 70s, had predicted that rapid advances in technology would frighten many.
- One Simple Rule For Improving Your Writing
From Blogcritics.org, Sit down and suck it up, people.
- Outsourcing : The Changing Landscape
Trends and predictions for offshore outsourcing in 2006
- The Jerry Springer Show With Paul Martin And David Emerson: Intro
Canadian Politics makes it to the Day Time Talk show circut!!
- Indian Oil Companies Bid In Pakistan
The bid by Indian oil companies for Pakistani SSGC can herald an economic cooperation between India and Pakistan.
- Book Review: Three Men in a Boat
Do you think that a funny book could at best tickle, or get a chuckle out of you, but couldn’t throw you in a fit
- Desicritics Editors' Picks - February 17th, 2006
Some of the best writing on Desicritics in recent weeks, tough to choose, fun to read.
- CD Review: I'm A Mountain - Sarah Harmer
From another performer this might have been an acceptable album, but she (Sarah) is better than this, so I was disappointed.
- Abu Ghraib: Gazing Into The Abyss
George Orwell wrote an essay on an Abu-Ghraib type photo just after World War II. Some thoughts.
- Are There Any Hookers In NYC?
Why was it overlooked? BBC slant? Poor editing? Unskilled reporter or editor?
- Are Men And Women Inherently Different?
Are men and women inherently different? Does this "equality assumption" help or harm women?
- Movie Review: Rang De Basanti - Postmortem
Despite all its failings, the film is visible in a clutter of newly released films.
- I Heart FOBs
A new brain drain? Universities around the world want more Indians, perhaps cos they're so sexy. Well, Maybe.
- Life In Sherwood - Dixon Wing And Prefects
Prefects were also the best part about Sherwood because they basically kept the school running in a smooth and orderly fashion.
- R&D : Globalization & Offshoring
Emerging countries such as China and India will continue to be major beneficiaries of R&D expansion over the next three years.
- On Friendship, Moderation And Sailors
Will the moderate Muslim please stand up to be counted?
- Book Review: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time - Mark Haddon
The USP of this book is, as I commented earlier, the untainted, undiluted first-person narration by Christopher.
- Rang De Pakistani
How could a Pakistani connect with a movie themed around Indian youthful patriotism and infused with Indian History?
- Why Does India Not Win At The Olympics?
With India’s population, it surprises many that India is not a force at the Olympics.
- Movie Review: Brick
Chinatown collides with Heathers in this hard boiled high school confidential from writer/director Rian Johnson.
- Pet Insurance In India - A Farfetched Idea
In a country where almost half of the population is uninsured, the daunting task of pet insurance seems like a far fetched dream.
- Missing Wankhede
It’s noisy, it’s discomforting, it’s maddening, it’s crowded, it’s frightening...
- Resisting Evils
From a battle of skill, sport has become much more than that today.
- Rang De Basanti Rocked, Completely
Meaning there's nothing wrong with the second half.
- Writer's Notebooks: The Doubting Game
I discovered new ways of becoming my own worst enemy.
- Nuclear Weapons Prevent War
While the world leaders are discussing nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, I believe nuclear weapons must stay!
- Shylock Khan
Injustice has been done to Salman Khan.
- India Can Rise To #2 In Cricket
How India turned the tables and how it can rise to the #2 slot in the world
- Movies That Set The Mood For An Easy Evening
Romantic movies for a soft evening
- CD Review: IR2 - The Fire This Time (Various Artists)
One of those rare occurrences where the music hasn't suffered to get the message out.
- Men-Women Equality: Another Perspective!
Matter without Energy is Inert and Energy without Matter is Potential.
- Globalization: A Matter of Convenience
The problem with a consistent approach on globalization may just be democracy.
- A Comparison By Any Other Name Will Smell Just As Sweet Or Does It?
I am obviously not very happy about all this. Poetry and I don’t go together.
- Book Review: English, August
I hope the book garners good reviews here but I also know that Chatterjee probably doesn’t care.
- Want Peace? Abolish The Priesthood!
From Blogcritics, Are priests and holy men just selling God or are they selling death and social upheaval as well?
- Will Colombo Go Left?
What? An old commie is going to run the nation's Capital?
- Culling The Herd
All species, even ones like this that seem to have no redeeming qualities in terms of what they give back to the planet, have a
- N-deal: The Clueless Gray Lady
Are we the only ones to see the NYT frothing at the mouth watching India's rising middle class?
- The Big Story That Never Was
As the media began to scramble for a story that wasn't there, the lie kept snowballing.
- CD Review: The Rough Guide To Bhangra Dance
Unfortunately, I found Bhangra dance music itself, to be well produced but unlike this disc, of little or no substance.
- The Height Of Crappiness - The Last Indo-Pak ODI at Karachi
A fan's diary from the fifth and final ODI between India and Pakistan at Karachi.
- Sunday Morning
some musings on u n d e r s t a n d i n g
- Do Nuclear Weapons Prevent War?
I object to nuclear weapons for several simple reasons.
- Venture Investments In India
Some investors believe India's own high-tech startups are finally ripe to produce explosive returns.
- Veto Or No Veto - Does The UN Matter?
Is fighting for power in a world of contradictions going to take us anywhere? A philosophical argument against the UN.
- India Completes A Memorable Series Win Against Pakistan
With thirteen consecutive successful chases, India is gunning for the world record.
- Life in Bangalore: Schools
What to look for when you are transitioning your children from schools abroad to schools in Bangalore.
- The Meaning Of Lists
Some lessons take longer to learn than others, but I think I've finally understood the meaning of lists.
- Neighbourhood Imperialists
I'd like to point something out as a person living on a small island nearby-I refuse to become collateral damage.
- Survival Loops
A lot of people choose to get stuck in conventional "survival loops" when there are potentially better options.
- The Globalisation Snark
The EU is dealing with the globalization snarks that it threw out at under-developed nations
- Qissa Kahani Ka: The Story Tellers Of The Raj
Come with me to the waning days of the Mughals and the rising days of the Raj.
- Normal Muslim Bollywood Stories no more?
Why don't we see normal Muslim family stories in Bollywood anymore?
- The Indian Army In Kashmir - An Invading Force
The Indian Army in Kashmir is an invading occupation force.
- Movie Review: Do's & Don’ts for Watching "Pride & Prejudice" (2005)
I am a ’super Jane Austen fan’.
- Red Earth and Pouring Rain
Unlike the modern stuff, Indian erotica was fun rather than work. Some thoughts on how the ancients got it on without help from Marvin Gaye.
- President's Day and the Murgha President: George Bush
The President has ensured that the Late Night Shows and Comics don't have to work too hard to come up with fresh material everyday.
- Book Review: Captain Alatriste - Arutro Perez-Reverte
Long live the Captain, and may he live to fight many a battle for our entertainment and edification.
- The 'M' Word
It wouldn't be wrong to say that Tradition is very strong in our Indian society and that it dictates many aspects of our lives.
- Book Review: The Hungry Tide
The book deals with the indestructibility of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
- Chocolate Ka Karkhana: Willie Wonka's Woes
Why 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' is not a children's movie.
- Book Review: ASP.NET 2.0 Cookbook
The cookbook has been written for people like me, who have to instantly become experts in various technologies.
- In The Line Of Fire: Mumbai Vigilantism
He (Daya Nayak) says of these games he is tired, For superiors against him have conspired,
- N-Deal: Looking Ahead Boldly
Once the agreement goes through the U.S. Congress India, Russia, France, Japan and others will be roped in.
- Dubai Ports Deal Shines Light on Bigotry
Differences in American and European responses over two similar issues helps separate the corn from the husk.
- Irving, Cartoons and The Hypocrisy
The 3 year jail sentence of David Irving, a denier of (some facts) of the Holocaust, just after the Cartoon controversy exposes the Media and
- Love Thy Neighbor
A capsule history of foreign policy within the South Asian region.
- Systemic Problems, Equilibrium and Live-ness
Ideally, "systemic problems" should have "systemic solutions".
- Intellectual Way to Diminish Pain or Guilt
Like denial and repression, you can begin to do this automatically and as a result never know what your true feelings are.
- Devon Avenue: A Taste Of India, Chicago-style
If you want the flavor of India without leaving America then Devon Avenue (Chicago) is the place to hang out.
- Controversy As Usual Ahead Of Barca-Chelsea Match
As a Barca fan I will be rooting for the Catalanians.
- Budgetary Expectations: Chidambaram Asks For Suggestions
This year Chidambaram has asked for suggestions on the budget (although not from bloggers like me!)
- Phantom - The Cursed City
Indrajal Comics carried the adventures of the Phantom, as well as those of Mandrake, Bahadur, etc.
- An Old Friend Returns
The recently concluded India-Pakistan series marks the return of the Pakistan we Indians know and love.
- The Fifth Estate or The Fifth Column?
There is a thin line between the fifth estate and the fifth column.
- Novel Notes: What's My Genre?
I'm beginning to realize that writing the books is the easy part of being a novelist. It's what comes after you're finished that's difficult.
- Devon Avenue, Chicago
Do we make our immigrant enclaves to reflect our civic sense and values?
- Outsourcing Blues of the American MiddleClass
As the American Middle Class worries about their jobs, Harold & Kumar are competing with each other to take over those jobs for a fraction
- Jessica Lal Case: Justice Abused
There is a common saying in Hindi movies, "Kanoon andha hota hai" (the law is blind), this sentence stands true to every word in reality
- Attack on Askariya Shia Shrine In Iraq Collapses its Golden Dome
Very Bad News from Iraq - Civil War Feared - US to Help Rebuild Shrine
clichés reign supreme like un-ordained prophets dancing in the desert’s infrequent rain-storms
- Supporting Soldiers But Not The War Is A Phony Argument!
How can someone not support the war, but support the job that the soldier is doing in the war?
- Keeping The Dog In
Scandal: Manisha Koirala's dog speaks out.
- Port Security - Getting The Facts Straight
Port Contracts: Or, How Does Immigrant and Foreigner Baiting Keep Anyone 'Safer'? I prefer a 7 Year Tawny sealed by a nice cork, personally
- What I Learn From Mathematics
In many ways, mathematics teaches me how I should learn about my self and about the world.
- Manjunath Shanmugam Trust Launched
The Manjunath Shanmugam Trust has been created in memory of the IOCL manager who was murdered in U.P.
- Exposing Ourselves On The Internet
I don’t know if it is good or bad to be so dependent on something that is not even real.
- The War Against Illiteracy: The View From One Small Corner of the Battlefield
And the view from this corner of the battlefield is delightful and rosy.
- Mumbai Bloggers' Meet, February 26th
If blogging is your thing and you plan to be in Mumbai this weekend, we want to see you!
- Community Groups Want to Hold Coke & Pepsi Accountable
Global community groups want to boycott Colas till they stop externalizing their costs on local communities.
- For Richer or For Poorer
Have you already had yours? Yet to come? The Indian Wedding Industry continues to grow to monstrous proportions.
- Pakistan - Kabhi Na Bhulo
All the dreams I had back in India are turning into reality here in Pakistan.
- 'Period Films' in Indian Cinema
Few people can resist the heady rush that a swashbuckling adventure set in a time of lore and legend offers.
- Barcelona Wins Part 1: Controversies Continue
A better attitude and appreciating Barcelona could translate into greater respect for the fans.
- CD/DVD Reviews: Speaking In Tongues, True Stories, and Naked - Talking Heads
How many other bands do you know that have asked to have their sound system turned down?
- Sectarian Violence In Iraq: Brother Killing Brother
What is our goal? What’s scorching our soul? Where are we heading with this sectarian wrath?
- iTunes Sells One Billion Songs
The iTunes Music Store sealed the fate of the conventional music industry when it was born.
- Global Ownership of Oil
How about a scenario in which the global oil deposits are owned by the world as a whole?
- Islamic world and Oil Futures
If the human capital remains as under-developed as it is currently, the world for Muslim coming generations are in peril!
- The Amar Singh Audio Tapes - Glamorous Politicians and the Media
"I just had light-hearted private conversations with actresses"
- Suffering Moses
"Young lady. How else could I make anything beautiful? Only by suffering, right? I suffer for my art.”
- The Fallen Curtain
A peek into Experimenta 2006. Experimenta is an annual experimental film festival that is held in Mumbai
- Cricket: More Whimsical Selections
It is still highly unlikely that India will lose to England. But that would be despite the selectors’ whims.
- Light Hearted Conversations of Amor Sing
Amor Singh does a good deed for Maxima Chudri, or does he?
- The Naked Truth Of City Living
For your eyes only, these upmarket condos on Brady street are so forward that nudity is merely an impasse.
- The Great Indian Bird Flu Scare - Recipes For Cooking Chicken Little
HSN1 has killed over 55% of the people it has infected thus far, making it the most lethal strain of influenza in human history.
- More Traffic Management Needed
The problem with implementing economic disincentives for traffic management is that those that can afford to pay can easily get around the system.
- ACM On Offshoring & Job Shifts
Thirty percent of the world’s largest 1000 firms are offshoring work, but there is a significant variance between countries.
- Controlling Nature: An Exercise in Futility
Like it or not, nature always wins. She always has more time and energy that we could ever possibly dream of.
- What's in a Name? Everything it Would Seem
In this age of branding, names have acquired paramount significance.
- The Winter Olympics: Send The Pros Home
I'd rather see a bunch of amateurs try their best and lose, than so – called professionals achieve the same results and steal the spotlight.
- British Cricket Team Visits India
A 'warm' summer welcome to the visiting England team. Hope there is a fight!
- Uncle Sam Needs You: Two Cartoons
Words are mine: Imagination yours
- Oscar Nomination for Palestinian Film Paradise Now Opposed By Israeli Victim's Father
In Saudi Arabia, you may get your head chopped off and in India, you will get locked up even if you show intercourse.
- ACM Study On Offshoring - Some Additional Perspectives
Now the question from an industry perspective is : How would different countries benefit from offshoring?
- Anyone But England? Come On...!
At the moment I'm not much of an England fan. But if they enjoy their cricket on this tour, I might turn into one.
- Living in Two Indias - the Young and the Old
All generations live in two worlds – an outer and an inner one. But each generation has its own inner universe – the subjective one...
- Labor of Love
"My water broke!" I squealed to V, my husband. There was that phrase, at once much anticipated and dreaded.
- An Open Letter to Google
From Blogcritics, Here is a copy of an email I received from the Google folks today that I thought deserved a response.
- Who Killed Jessica Lal or Who Set Her Killers Free?
Yes, the buzz around Jessical Lal's murder is great but it should not stop there.
- Railway Budget: A Fresh Approach
He has shown how one can be progressive, and yet populist, two words rarely taken in the same breath.
- A Letter To George Bush
Mr. Bush, you have cynically used and abused your fellow Americans' love of country to isolate them from the rest of the world.
- Negotiating the N-deal: Deja vu
Indian negotiators too shouldn't be afraid to play the long-term game without being desperate for an immediate agreement
- With A Grain of Salt: MEMRI, How Do You Plead?
The case against MEMRI, a very potent participant in the cyber anti-terrorism information war and the war of ideas.
- God is In Control of This Vehicle
Who wants to mess with God? Given a warning I tend to avoid a flight where someone proclaims "God is my Pilot".
- Life in Sherwood - The Big League
Those were times which make me think that maybe it's not wise to bestow so much power and authority upon class 12 children.
- We are Shayan Munshi
There is some Shayan Munshi in all of us.
- Why The Subcontinent Doesn't Like Twenty20
Twenty20 cricket has drawn crowds wherever it has gone but the subcontinent strangely resists it.
- India and P.G. Wodehouse
What is it about P.G. Wodehouse that makes him popular among well-educated Indians?
- The Art Of Kawasaki - A Sit-down With The Real Deal; An Interview With Guy Kawasaki
From Blogcritics, It’s about time someone like Guy Kawasaki came along, and thank god, because he came just in time.
- Murder of Justice
The Jessical Lal verdict has served to act as a catalyst that awakened us as a people and united us for the solitary goal of
- Life in Bangalore: Lifestyle
Everything's changed, but for a segment of the population, nothing has.
- carrying the cross
knowingly or unknowingly we carry crosses
- Desicritics At One Month - Editors' Picks
It's been a great month, and we're just beginning.
- Nasty Girl! Women and Media - An Uneasy Relationship
Prevalent social norms, four decades after the feminist movement, still demand that women remove their clothing in order to earn a higher place in Hollywood.
- Looking For Enlightenment: A Coyote Story
"Stupid humans never listen, haven't in thousands of years, and aren't about to start now, I guess. Oh well! Not my problem!"
- Jessica Lal: A Grassroots Beginning for Justice
We have to realize that by sending SMS, we have embarked on the proverbial journey of a thousand miles.
- Iraq - It Didn't Work
It's time to admit that the original goals in Iraq will not be achieved.
- Shopping in India is an Art, but Brand Names are Eroding It
For a person that loves haggling, the bar code must be the most aggravating innovation.
- The Price Of An Indian Book
The cost of producing A. K. Ramanujan's Collected Essays was basically a lifetime of study.
- Movie Review: Syriana and Munich: Fuel for "Thought"
Underwrought, overwrought, rot.
- Music Review : Harry Manx - Roadside Ragas And Manx Blues
"The Master is the inspiration, the motivating factor, the beloved of the disciple."
- Indian Hardware Imports Likely To Exceed Software/Service Exports
People assume it is all going to be just software, and knowledge-based, but India will invent a different kind of manufacturing.
- DESI Confusion
First in a two-part take on the confusion that surrounds the first generation Indians in the US.
- Film Review: Robert Altman’s MASH
Altman's 1970 classic is one of the most acerbic critiques on the insanity of war.
- 51st Filmfare Awards - A Saga of Never-ending Ads
On a serious note, the whole evening was a waste of time
- Eggheads And Artsies: Scary Monsters And Super Creeps
The only thing that could guarantee isolation even quicker than intelligence was having any interest, or inclination towards, the arts
- Marriage And Online Communication
The point at which the other person begins to look malafide is the point at which one's own imagination ends
- I Love Calcutta
Now there are so many one-way roads, it takes ages to go anywhere. But everything is on your doorstep.
- Taxpayer Statistics: What They Hide
Doling out statistics is one thing, analyzing them is another. Politicians use such partial statistics to fool people.
- Why Musharraf Can't Have Kashmir Settled
Pakistan gains more from a partnership with India.
- John Doerr, Ray Lane & Ram Shriram On Opportunities For Indian Entrepreneurs
It is action time in India right now.
- Because I Have a Voice – Queer Politics in India
Homosexuals. This word as most of us are aware is used for individuals who dare to voice their desire of expressing a "different" sexuality.
- Movie Review: Taxi 9211: Humpty, Dumpty, Grumpy
Moving at warp speed with no brakes on, Luthria seems to have atlast grasped the mode of story telling.
- Is Nepal Going Down China's Way?
The current monarchy is considered corrupt and is widely distrusted, and the Maoist movement is gaining huge popularity. Seems familiar?
- Ultimate Mysteries/Ultimate Questions
What is the sanctity of the human body, specifically that of a dead human body? It is after all just meat.
- DESI Confusion : Part Deux
Second in a two-part take on the confusion that surrounds the first generation Indians in the US. This part deals with the arrival of children
- DTH Is Here!
Dish TV - India's first Direct to Home provider is alive and running.
- Size Does Matter - Reflections on a Refrigerator
Everyone notices changes in their fridges when they move homes or countries. Right?
- Eastern Standard Tribe - Identity In A Place So Foreign
Transnational perspectives are the only ones that apply any more.
- I am a Middle-Class Indian and I Can't Help Freaking Out!
Pinky darling listen, tell Ayah Ma if she speaks in her Hindi again to you, we will deduct 10 rupees each time from her salary.
- CD Review: Bombay Dub Orchestra
I expect it (Bombay Dub Orchestra) to become the latest "inspirational" hit among the new age crowd.
- Desicritics On The Jessica Lal Murder Case
Desicritics write passionately and thoughtfully on the Jessica Lal murder trial.
- England in India: The Nothing Series
The series promised a lot. It has already turned into a disappointment.
- Reminiscence: Children
An inseparable part of our lives are our children. Through them you learn to love, universally.
- Budget 2006: Good Times for Corporate India
The 2006 Budget is out and it seems to be a winner for corporate India.
- canned laughter
musings on a cloudy day
- Whistle Blowing In The Software Industry
Software firms are overflowing with people, yet they go on recruiting. Insights into how the industry still manages to work.
- Game Review: Shadow of the Colossus
Games like Shadow don't come along often enough. Not straight-jacketed by genre, it appeals to your sense of wonderment and awe.
- The Vanishing Act - Female Abortion In South Asia
Is there a method to the madness? A pattern in the perversion? Well, there seems to be.
- DVD Review: The War Within
An inside look into the victimization of human beings and the casualties of the war on terror through a film.
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