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- Archives: May 2006
- Siachen Sell Out?
The Government must realize that its only constituency is the local one, not foreign interests.
- Movie Review: Mistress of Spices
The Chillis have spoken! The movie according to them is: one you should stay away from.
- The Day Apple Macintosh Was Born, The Day History Was Made
Apple Corporation was a company that was born with a vision. A vision to change the world.
- Movie Review: Escape from Alcatraz
Pity Hollywood doesn't make movies like these any more.
- Stephen Colbert: Buried by Truthiness
Stephen Colbert is Apollo Creed at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Good for him and yay for the rest of us.
- American Canadian Relations: The Carrot And The Stick
If you don't give the donkey the stick soon after the carrot he might start thinking for himself.
- In The Court Of Desicritics: The Case of Humour vs Satire
" If you come across a poisonous snake and a satirist, first get rid of…."
- The Village Green Rag: Call for Submissions
Our world of fiction is without the borders that traditional publishers impose.
- Copyright Law is Based Partly on Artistic Idealism
Every artist and creator has been inspired by the work of others. Taking an idea alone cannot and should not be policed.
- Discernible Rants of a Sane Indian
I feel sick. I feel sad. I feel angry. OK. So?
- Book Review: The Millionaire Maker
Loral actually has taken up challenges to attempt to create Millionaires out of absolutely normal people.
- Indian Stocks - Buy, Sell or Hold?
My personal portfolio experiences with the spin of brains and the make and the break of hearts every week.
- End Of The Raj (4): "The Legacy" And The Reality Check
The history of a nation is not a fairy-tale but an epic across generations which unfolds in various shades of gray.
- DVD Review: Satya
Just get through the first 15 and last five minutes and you'll be fine.
- Flannelled Belle
It would be cool to have a wife/girlfriend/date who loves cricket/sport.
- Movie Review: Walk the Line
A song on fidelity inspired the title for the movie based on the life of the legendary Johnny Cash.
- Kinky Friedman: Singer/Songwriter - Novelist- Governor?
Kinky deserves to be on the ballot for this November's race for the Governor's mansion.
- A Long Distance Call
Never has 'time' felt such a burden, as it did now. So many thoughts wrestling in her mind all at the same time.
- Website Review: IndiaGram - Del.icio.us for Desis
IndiaGram is a new online bookmarking service on the lines of the popular del.icio.us service but with an Indian focus.
- Photography Not Allowed
Why have a “No photography” rule in a mall? Is it because we are at some level ashamed of ourselves?
- In the rear view mirror at the bottom of the lake
memories--a lifetime collage: preserving, prolonging, propagating
- Just Don't Be Yourself!
What do you mean by being yourself? Holding on to the stubborn attitude of not changing your opinions about something or someone?
- Movie Review:Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
Terrific visuals, dialogues and entertainment. A must-watch for all ages!
- Failed States And Human Progress
A visual depiction of the Index is sobering and frightening in its global reach.
- Chicken Soup: Dreams And Delusions
Each day was spent in mute terror of the hand that would dart in and drag one of them out to certain death.
- Reservations in the Private Sector: Free For Now
Thoughts on the government's reversal of its stand on introducing reservations in the private sector.
- Vikram Who? Does Indian Media Always Ingratiate Itself?
Why does our media always have to tail the Western media in such respects? Can't they express original opinions?
- Whale Watching In Boston: Not An Idyllic Outing
Moby was having fun but I was drowning in my daughter’s puke.
- Book Review: Touched By Venom Janine Cross
I'm already looking forward to book two in the Dragon Temple Saga based on what I found in book one.
- ...and Now a Very Special Message From Oprah Winfrey
Puns are the lowest form of humor. Welcome to the Desicritics Basement.
- Vadodara Violence: It’s Easy to Burn a Mussalmaan
Mr Vora was a Muslim. He was burnt alive last night by a mob of 1500 Hindus in Vadodara, Gujarat.
- The 'M' word - Part 2
After all, 'I am not ready', has never been considered a correct and valid reason for avoiding marriage.
- Writers: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid
It’s all been done before, somewhere, by someone. So then, what do we write about?
- Living With The Sixth Sense
Several people have the ability to know the future and I happen to be one of them.
- New York Times Should Invest In A New Atlas
How long till the NY Times corrects that which has dared to outrage a Grumpy Old Indian Man?
- Luminous Till Drowning
A simple love poem, bathed with folklores.
- Movie Review: Darna Zaroori Hai
Ram Gopal Varma's "Darna Zaroori Hai", a sequel (not exactly, but based on) to "Darna Mana Hai".
- The Question of Alternatives
As we critique the current, how do we understand alternatives?
- Movie Review: Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, The Prisoner, Guilty Of Treason: Interrorgation
Two martyrs, three movies: totalitarian "justice."
- Follow Me
Lay down your ego and sit for a while, Treat all animate and inanimate with the same smile.
- Book Review: Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami
- gathering laughter
timorous light cascading through the shades/a do-not-disturb smile on her face
- Pramod Mahajan RIP
BJP General Secretary, Pramod Mahajan, passed away yesterday after losing the battle for his life.
- DVD Review: Live In The Lowlands - Willy DeVille
Willy DeVille may not be a soul singer, but he is the most literally full of soul singer I've ever heard.
- The Do Not Call Registry
The Do Not Call registry aims at addressing a major Banking Consumer concern. But will it actually succeed?
- Hijacking of Parking Space
Mumbaikars crying and practically banging their heads day-in-day-out over parking space is nothing new.
- IEEE v/s CSI
The author describes life in his college.
- Music Review : Romica Puceanu & The Gore Brothers, Sounds From A Bygone Age Vol.2 (Asphalt Tango)
Mark Hudson of the UK Telegraph calls Puceanu a "Balkan Marlene Dietrich" he says her voice is "Simultaneously seducing, comforting and cajoling"
- Developing The Sixth Sense
This ability to sense events could be a gift or a curse!
- Movie Review : Munich
Munich was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Director for Spielberg, Best Movie, Best Editing and Best Writing.
- Fiction: The MBA Gang: Chapter Five - The Toughest Part Of Business Is Starting It
Neha was breathing heavy. Her body was shaking. The second slap was harder than the first.
- Music Review: Double Check (Piranha), Stella Chiweshe
When British colonizers tried to stop the mbira sessions, the police were so enchanted by the music they lost track of their mission.
- Malleshwaram Railway Station: A Station of Mind and Memories
In many ways, it still stands as one of the few remnants of the spirit of Bygone Bangalore.
- It's Easy to Burn a Mussalmaan, or For That Matter a Hindu
Is a Hindu life cheaper than a Muslim's? Is one man's burning more important than the massacre of 33 people?
- Book Review: Sorcery Rising: Book One, Fool's Gold Trilogy, Jude Fisher
More than just a good first book of a series, it's also just a pleasure to read.
- Rang De Basanti: Detractors Taken to Task
A lot of reasons given for RDB not being a quality film. None of the reasons seems to have a strong arguement, I am afraid.
- Indian Stocks: Riding the Momentum This Week
My personal portfolio experiences with the spin of brains and the make and the break of hearts this week ending May 5th.
- With A Grain Of Salt: Public Opinion Is The Best Judge Of Who's Right And Who’s Wrong
Ok, so we think globally, but the first question is, who are the people who Muslims think of as global opinion formers?
- Maestro Naushad Ali: Awaaz Dey KahaaN Hay
'It took me 16 long years to cross that footpath'
- And We Will Return After These Un-sponsored Comments
- Book Review: Wild Magic Book Two Fool's Gold by Jude Fisher
Jude Fisher has deftly kept the action flowing and the suspense building in Wild Magic.
- Neha Bhasin Gets Her Deserved Credit
Hopefully others in similar situations will learn from Neha's experience and make an effort to fight back such injustice.
- Children-Friendly Television Channels In India: An Evolution
Children's entertainment has come a long way in India
- England's Chances In The World Cup: A Bane Of A Bone
The future is hazy for this England squad
- Anatomy of the Vadodara Riot
The recent riots, which in part is due to the failure to maintain law and order, are not a healthy sign for the Indian democracy
- Living the Life of a Slum Dweller
What would happen if people like us swapped lives with slum dwellers to understand what they were going through?
- Fiction: When Mummy Made Karhi Chawal
The aroma of the bubbling Karhi threw the entire house into turmoil. Everyone was disoriented.
- Movie Review: Mission: Impossible III
High-octane blockbuster strong on action, short on script. Tom Cruise plays the role like he owns it.
- Book Review: The Rose Of The World Book Three Fool's Gold by Jude Fisher
...there are still authors out there who care enough to have made the effort to learn how to juggle properly.
- Website Review: MyToday.com - A Public RSS Feed Aggregator
The creators of MyToday.com call their website a 'Public RSS Aggregator' differentiating it from the commonly known private aggregators.
- The Too Much Cricket Issue: Getting a Grip
Motivation is difficult with too much cricket, but pride in performance can help.
- Plagiarism - Kaavya Viswanathan Vs. William Swanson
There are the glaring dissimilarities in how the media treats people.
- Kobe Bryant: Can the Brother Get Some Love?
On the basketball court, Kobe Bryant doesn't get a fair trial.
- Movie Review: Mission Impossible III: This Mission Is Getting Impossible
Director J.J.Abrams, the director of MI 3, just gave the car a bit of a push... to see it crash down into the ravines.
- Book Review: 90 Minutes At Entebbe
The entire operation was conceived, planned and executed in less than 3 days.
- A Cup of Tea IX (Life With Wife)
In the end an agreement is reached, we hire a maid / For early morning tea, she's extra hundred paid
- Different Shades of Lies
Lies can be considered a compulsive habit of all humans, something that flows out naturally (knowingly or un-knowingly).
- Valley on Fire
Kashmir struck me as a paradoxical paradise - a place of outstanding natural beauty and a beautiful people and a place of visible sadness.
- Movie Review: Dharmasena Pathiraja's In Search of a Road
Sri Lankan filmmaker Dharmasena Pathiraja's latest offering is a deeply moving tribute to evacuation and exile.
- Cultural Archaeology: Finding Your Past
We of European descent have no reason to blame anyone but ourselves for cultural and spiritual woes.
- Rina Singh: Poet, Artist, Writer
Throw away your papers tonight/put aside your pen/let your fingers/write on my body
- Rape Charges Dismissed Against Jacob Zuma, Deputy President of ANC
Jac-Z faces down the rape demons, now must deal with corruption charges.
- Sex in the Mahabharata
It was the unpleasant love-making act that made Dhritrashtra blind and Pandu's complexion pale white
- Piracy - the real Mantra Behind Indian Success, And What the Wall Street Journal Doesn't Get
The Wall Street Journal recently published an article attributing Indian innovation to Indian copyright laws. I give this absurd claim a colonoscopy and find its
- Au Revoir Highbury
As Arsenal gear up to move to their new stadium, Siddhartha Narayanan bids farewell to one of English football's "heritage sites".
- an evening walk with father
Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out
- South Asian States on The Failed States Index: What it Means for India
The surrounding instability in the neighborhood may affect India critically if one or more countries see a prolonged conflagration.
The door bell was a shiny golden button that I couldn't bring myself to press. I wanted her bad; I wasn't the unfaithful type but...
- Chain Letters for Microsoft Cash And The Nigerian Scams!!
“Now I have three cars, I have two houses, and I’m not looking for a job anymore.”
- Canadian Politics: What's The U.N. Know Anyway?
...Americans have the right attitude towards the world authority, ignore them unless they agree with you.
- Book Review: Sleeping on Potatoes, Carl Nomura
It is the story of determination, perseverance, kindness, love and good humor getting the better of adversities.
- Open Source Spirituality
It is interesting that the very reason why most Masters started on the endeavor to chart a new path was to get rid of the
- The Business of Media
Media is a business. But it’s a business with a heart and soul of its own. Or is it?
- The Sound of Books - The Happiest Sound In All The World!
A new bookical by The Von Trapp Family Readers
- I Am My Mother's Daughter
In many ways I am my mother's daughter and I am happy to be so.
- Money Makes the World Go Round
Yes! It can change me, you and society.
- Government Staff Hesitant to Vote in Tamil Nadu Elections
Government employees in Tamil Nadu by and large don't vote. Here is finding out why this is so and why this might change come May
- Living in Two India(s)
Are we a schizoid nation? Do the "elite" of society connect to the society connect to those who subsidise their lives?
- Fiction : The MBA GANG : Chapter Six
Yadav pointed the gun at Neha and in a slow menancing voice asked her again...
- Movie Review: 36, China Town - Why-dunnit?
Why was this movie made? Where can I ask for a refund? Please don't go for it.
- Book Review: The Bonehunters (Book Six) The Malazan Book Of The Fallen by Steven Erikson
The Bonehunters is a book resplendent with action, ideas, and emotion, and is a joy to read
- The Woman - Four Short Stories
The Wife, The Girl Friend, The Mom, The Grand Mom.
- Islamist Terrorists Target Ellora
Our job here is to make sure that the nature of the menace and their place of origin are exposed to as many people as
- Open Letter of Apology
Plagarism: It can 'happen' to anyone.
- a coin in harish’s pocket
alternatively i trace its shadow on the ground /and look for lost lovers’ faces on its sides
- The MBA GANG Challenge
The MBA Gang Contest - prizes, and write-your-own-adventure.
- Schooling Of Sehwag: Another Feather In BCCI's Hat Of Shame
In a recent PTI interview Virender Sehwag was candid about cricket, cricket and cricket
- Spam, Constitution And Forums Aka Random Ramblings Of A spammed Victim
Given that spam occurs, does Internet need a new constitution?
- President Bush to Entrust Brother With Safekeeping of Country Till Twins Grow Up
Jeb Bush will be the next guardian of America, but only till the Bush twins grow up.
- The Plight of the Slum Dwellers: Thus Speaks...
Pushing the red letter day by 365 days will not solve anything unless a policy for the relocation of people is worked out.
- Movie Review: Syriana - Why It Should Scare the Pants Off You
Watching the ramifications of oil-lust unfold is sobering. If we have any sense, "Syriana" should scare us silly.
- Karunanidhi likely to be next CM in Tamil Nadu
DMK likely to win a simple majority with the help of coalition parties, the Congress, the PMK and the Left.
- CD Review: The True False Identity T Bone Burnett
The True False Identity sees T Bone coming back with a vengeance.
- Sakhi - The Nature of Female Bonding
Ms. Vanita explores the subject of female-female bonding. No! It's not about lesbianism – it's about close friendship between women.
- Indian Elections: The Stupid Manifesto and the Left's Stranglehold
It is sad that the destiny of the entire country might be altered because of the prevailing stupidity in West Bengal and Kerela.
- A Cup of Tea X (Spill Bee Returns)
While wife is away, the husband makes hay
- Spying for the Raj: The Pundits and Mapping the Himalayas
Spying for the Raj: The Pundits and the Mapping of the Himalayas reads like a modern-day James Bond novel.
- The MBA GANG: Chapter Seven
Yadav pointed the gun at Neha... "Bye Bye Bhe...
- The Peshawar Rhapsody
The two most heroic soldiers killed at Ali Masjid on 21st November 1878 are not buried here but in Peshawar.
- Book Review: Hippo Eats Dwarf
"Hippo Eats Dwarf" is well worth a read if only to see how wacky the human mind can get.
- Celebrating Mothers
The true meaning and importance of a mother was taught to me by a little boy who sleeps quietly in my home.
- Oh No! India Shining Again
If you have to tell people how successful you are, you ain't. The need to produce "India Shining" videos implies it isn't.
- Fiction: Brokeback Mountain, Desi Version!
Love that was reluctant to confess its passion
- Concert Review: Arlo Guthrie - Kingston Ontario - May 11th, 2006
He may only sing "Alice's Restaurant" every ten years, but he has so much more to offer than just that one song.
- Memories of a Course of Inspiration
Inspiration: when you don't know what else to do, the first really intelligent idea that comes to mind.
- Movie Review : Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
Scrat is still trying to get his acorn & his journey is even more painful than it was in Part 1.
- My Bride-hunting Memoirs
There was much cosmic conflict between the two of us,& neither the planets nor gods would be happy with a union of our stars.
- Movie Review: Being Cyrus - Lost In Transcription
Being Cyrus is a nice little indie thriller - from what planet were the subtitles beamed?
- Inviting Mother's Day Posts
So, do we need a Mother's Day or a Father's Day? What is it useful for?
- the mime
A mime's depiction of illusion laced reality and reality laced illusion
- Interview: Roy Moxham on "Malabar Dreams"
I wonder how many more footnotes are there waiting to be be discovered.
- Being a Sports Fan Beyond Boundaries
The average sports fan misses the point.
- Indian Assembly Election Results: A Snapshot
In all states except Assam, the people have voted decisively in favour of one party or alliance.
- CD/DVD Review: Red Hot + Blue Various Artists
Two very good reasons for buying this package: great music and helping to support the fight against HIV/AIDS.
- How Sakshi's Work Got Flicked, Got Published, and She Got Nothing
And Yes! She would love to sue this f****'s ass for whatever its worth.
- Indian Stock Markets This Week: Up, Up & Down
Just as the much awaited rain in Bangalore happened, so did the awaited fall in the Sensex after going straight up eight to nine days
- Desicritics on Plagiarism
Desicritics cover the many angles of the issue of plagiarism that has been plaguing the publishing industry over the past few weeks.
- The MBA GANG : Penultimate Chapter
There was still 12 hours to go before they landed in Zurich.
- Scientists Learn To Exactly Measure Happiness
Scientific wonders continue to grow. Now happiness can be exactly quantified. More or less.
- Concert Review: The Strokes, Friday, May 12, 2006, Winnipeg, Canada
Infectious rock'n'roll show from a band who appear to wanna be sedated.
- CD Review: Mehfuz, Euphoria. Don't Think So!
Euphoria has released their latest album - Mehfuz. But is their future in the Indian music scene "mehfuz"?
- Interview: Willy DeVille
Two very special hours with Willy DeVille.
- Book Review: 20 Cases Suggestive Of Reincarnation by Ian Stevenson
Reincarnation is one of those ideas that refuses to die. A review of Ian Stevenson's book.
- maaN ko salaam
We realize not we how much more we owe to our mothers and fathers.
- Being Passionate
Life is worth being passionate about--atleast as important as wearing clothes.
- Fiction: A Letter She Wrote
Those were the days when we waited for the next V.O.A. Top Ten radio show at midnight on Shortwave 2.
- The Defense of Indian Waters: Looking Ahead
The military configuration in this ocean of such importance is of immediate concern to New Delhi.
- A Nightmare in Public Transport
For those who aren't aware, the transport in Navi Mumbai SUCKS!
- Indian Institute of Technology: Myths and Miseries
IIT degree is not a passport to success: distributing it to people who don't deserve it on merit is counter-productive
- Budhia Singh: India Revels In A Four Year Old Marathoner
While a four year old Budhia Singh runs as the youngest marathoner the human rights groups call it child abuse.
- I Continue To Get Grumpy
As the great Tamilian Srinivas Ramanujan said “No number is never interesting” -- and no mistake too small.
- Plagiarism 101: Copy, Paste and Slap Your Name On, Especially If It's Sabyasachi Amitav
The juggernaut of plagiarism rolls on, taking its pick from blogs, online magazines and a respected daily newspaper.
- Indian Elections: The Red Supremacy
Why does everyone see red and West Bengal doesn't?
- Q & A With the Bookologist
Are you suffering from shameful diseases or want to ask embarrassing questions and don't know whom to turn to? Click here.
- Reservation Politics: Arjun Singh's Secret Revealed!
A post satirizing Arjun Singh's renewed assault on higher education institutes.
- Book Review: Broadcasting The Blues: Black Music In The Segregation Era
Broadcasting The Blues is an invaluable contribution to anybody's collection who has a passion for blues music.
- (Not So) Ordinary Mothers
Meeting these extra-ordinary women, I felt this certain sense of satisfaction within.
- Student Protests Against Reservations - Hate the Police
I knew this was gonna happen. Don’t you ever get the feeling that we’re all being conned here? We’re not living in a democracy, it’s
- view from the top of the cross
elusive smile on the lips / as shadows beg leave
- Ethic of Reciprocity
All religions in the world teach some form of ethic of reciprocity.
- Why I Say Oui to Wii
Any company that can take a mushroom-stumping Italian plumber and make him a world cult icon deserves to be loved.
- Anti-Reservations Protests: We Are Still The Land of The Mahatma
The use of Non-violence in these protest is a remarkable thing.
- Types of Desi Travellers
Many impulsive travellers display a curious and impractical trait.
- Short Story Review: Jhumpa Lahiri's Once in a Lifetime
"Though you had all just flown halfway across the world, it was I who felt weary, despite my nap."
- Nadal-Federer: Agassi-Sampras II?
This is brilliant for tennis too. Now, tennis has a rivarly to match the Agassi-Sampras rivarly of the 90s.
- Aishwarya And Gurinder: The New Power Couple In Bollywood
Is Aishwarya Rai going around with Gurinder Chadha? Why else would Gurinder keep casting her in movie after movie?
- Rhetoric Watch - New Trends in IT Xenophobia
The Shifting Nature of "Call Center" as Epithet
- The Great Game, the Northwest Frontier and the British Raj
The entire strategic equation suddenly changed in an unprecedented manner.
- We Leech On Society
I'd like to take a moment to introduce my wife and myself to you, Mr. and Mrs. Leech Upon Society
- Raj Patel Thong Collection: Is There One Saying 'Just Do It?'
Toss these message panties onstage at your favorite Bhangra DJ
- So What's The Deal With Orkut?
So, what is it with people suddenly remembering me on my birthday?
- Ideology and Psychology in Cultural Production of Gender
Ideology starts interfering in our lives from the initial stages.
- What is Wrong with You Mumbai?
She fell off and died because she was pushed off a crowded train.
- Bahia del Guantanamo Bay Resorts: The Ultimate All-Inclusive Experience
Bahia de Guantanamo Bay Resorts have acquired a reputation rivaling and excelling Sandals Resorts.
- Jago, Tourism industry, Jago!
What is our Ministry of Tourism doing anyway? What are they promoting?
- Movie Review: Poseidon
An overall decent movie, worth watching for its special effects
- Fiction: Secrets Of A Darkened Heart
Now in the harsh glare of the morning sun, she knew this was not another flash in the gathering dark, leaving her cold.
- Reservation Politics: The Summer of 2006
All is not well on planet India. The hydra-headed monster of reservation has been resurrected for reasons that only God or a few know!
- Shayan Munshi: No Sympathy For His Cowardice
And today we have his father, expecting us to be understanding and sympathetic towards his son – ironic, isn't it?
- What Would Kali Do: More Tales From The Raj Patel Thong Collection
Kaliyugas in your pants.
- Success Principles of Immigrants to US
The Chinese and Indians - along with several other immigrants - follow some basic principles that make these groups a great success.
- Divide and Rule (New-Age Political Mantra)
They support one group of people and disfavor other groups. The discomfort between the two is beneficial for their survival.
- IITs: The Selection Quagmire
What defines the IIT brand name? The placements, or the quality of students, or the rigorous academic schedule of four years?
- Global Protests Over The Da Vinci Code
We didn't get a DNA transplant that would change our innate fear of gnosis, sheepie mindset and taste in literature.
- Champions League Final Preview: The Night of Love for Football Fans
Arsenal and Barcelona both play beautiful and mostly clean football. Both teams like to go for goals and keep up the attack.
- ICC Proposes Appeals System Against Umpire
This latest ‘experiment’ should change the face of the game as we know it.
- Writer's Notebook: Lost And Found
It's all a matter of ensuring that I don't disappoint the critic who matters the most to me: me.
- Champions League Final: A French Treat
This is perhaps a dream final - to have two well established powerhouses replete with international stars, and whose sole mandates are to play attacking,
- UK, Australia, Canada: An Examination Of Policy And Attitude Towards Polyculturalism
Pluralism is a fact: diversity is here to stay. The Key is in how the knots are untangled.
- Thank God It’s Blog Meet (again)
It's Blog Meet time!
- Huffington Post, Online Branding and Monetizing, and Muslim Voices
At first blush, maybe because I am as paranoid as the next Muslim, the only name I noticed was the ubiquitous Irshad Manji.
- Cell Phones And SMS In India
Imagine the size of the SMS opportunity in India.
- Punching Bag
Is displacing our frustration onto somebody we like or somebody weaker than us is good? Give yourself some time instead.
A little celebration of my love for the rain (it's raining in Bangalore!).
- Book Review: The Feast of Roses by Indu Sundaresan
I really hope Sundaresan keeps writing sequels until eventually reaching modern day India.
- Canadian Recording Artists Ask for Your Help in Saving a Young Woman From Execution
Should a 18-year-old be executed for fighting off three men trying to rape her and a younger relative?
- Blogcritics Editors' Picks: May 10 through May 16
From the relevancy of Rolling Stone to the practicality of biodiesel, we've got something for every taste. Come in and read!
- Netaji - The Mystery Continues
The findings of the Mukherjee commission, regarding the disappearance of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, have been rejected by the Indian government.
- Book Review: Another Roadside Attraction Tom Robbins
Before Da Vinci, before Holy Blood, there was Another Roadside Attraction. The Second Coming didn't quite come off as planned.
- Fiction: A Daughter With Defects
Saveeta felt sorry for her sister. She wondered at the men who had come at different times to reject her.
- From One Religious Fanatic to Another
We've both agreed that the best way to resolve this dispute is to eliminate each other from the face of the planet.
- Arse-Lona 2006
'One elderly Frenchman inquired dryly: "Can't you English win this damn trophy without some drama?" - The Independent
- Restaurant Review: Prince Cafe, D.C -Dum Maro Dum
One of the best places in Georgetown D.C to have late night smoke, Arabian music and some great food. If you are around, give this
- Pakistan Bans Firoz "Qurbani" Khan
Pakistan has banned Firoze Khan.
- Bollywood: Creating A Mythical Desi Hero
Why most desi men I know do not circle trees singing paeans to their women.
- The Media And The Reservations Issue
Education system has made us impotent. Or this is what the people in power think.
- Pencil Strokes
It's been ages since I have touched those pencils; blame it on busy work schedules and my blogging obsession.
- Is India Turning Litigious Like The USA ?
Why are we so insecure in our own lives? What are we trying to prove? What are we trying to hide?
- Fiction: The Great Indian Television Challenge
Television, probably man's best friend, is controlled by women. Women are enjoying in depriving men of entertainment.
- Visiting Ratnagiri, Maharashtra - A Photo Feature
Ratnagiri is a pretty coastal town midway between Mumbai and Goa. But it's definitely worth more than an overnight halt.
- Book Review: Programming SQL Server 2005
The major databases have all become more ecosystems than mere data storage mechanisms.
- Dr. Karunanidhi & His Sense of Humour
Where Karunanidhi sent the Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu showed his keen sense of humour.
- The Trouble With Normal
"The trouble with normal is it always gets worse" B. Cockburn
- Exploring Ajax - Head Rush Ajax and Ajax Hacks
Sometimes, it helps to look at a problem from multiple perspectives simultaneously.
- Solidarity With Striking Doctors
While China is trying to create world class universities, we are seeking to destroy the ones that have any hope to compete.
- Kabir And Introspection: Nindo Nindo... (Criticize me please!)
Handling criticism effectively can only occur when you have given up your ego.
- Website Review: Pandora - Open This Box To Discover Great Music.
Pandora succeeds where all other online music players fail: Delivering music that you will love.
- The State’s Response To Terrorism Against Its Citizens
The state objective should be to (a) obliterate (b) destroy the ideology and (c) ensure that the terrorist group doesn’t retaliate.
- Book Review: Haroun And The Sea Of Stories By Salman Rushdie
The way Rushdie goes about describing the world of silence and the world of speech is enthralling.
- Caught In The Agitation Against Reservation: Fact & Fiction
This time, he passed out. He was not moving. His eyes were shut and he couldn’t hear any noise.
- Myopic Censor Board: Banned, Banned, Banned!
“My film has been screened at 57 international film festivals and won Jury Awards..."
- CD Review: Live In Germany William Clarke
Will Clarke deserves a share of the immortal brass ring that musicians strive for
- The Dichotomy: Sonia’s Or Congress’?
A disturbing development, not directly related to the reservation controversy, exposes the hypocrisy of the Indian government
- Gilbert Jessop: A Hundred Years Ahead Of His Time
Gilbert Jessop's amazing hitting would make some destructive batsmen of today look like freshers from the Chris Tavaré school
- Argumentative Indians: Amartya Sen And Salman Rushdie In Conversation
The way we behave with employers is not the same we do with our lovers.
- Indian Stock Markets This Week: Crack & Crash
The much spoken and awaited yet unwanted fall in the Indian stock markets is here!
- Kiranjit Ahluwalia: She Was Provoked
Women who have suffered like me need not feel it's the end of the world for them - Kiranjit Ahluwalia
- Desicritics Editor's Picks - May 01-07
Some of the articles that I enjoyed reading here. Let's hear from you.
- Movie Review: The Da Vinci Code - The Da Vinci Mess!
After watching this movie even Da Vinci would’ve preferred redrawing his paintings.
- Movie Review: Iqbal: Inspiring Tale Of A Cricketer
Nazeeruddin Shah breathes life into what is otherwise a pretty ordinary movie.
- DVD Review: Swades (2004)
NRIs while successful abroad always have a strong sense of connection to India
- Sports Heroes And Villains: Return of the Prodigals
Sport needs to tolerate larger than life characters but who needs a hounding media when cricket boards dictate stringent rules?
- Desicritics Editor's Picks - May 08-14
Some of the articles we enjoyed this week
- Harnessing Old Politicians: Mandatory Retirement?
Sustained Campaign is needed to amend the constitution and bring in lower retirement age for poiliticans.
- When Writing Is Art
...creativity comes into play via how you approach your means of expressing your theme or idea.
- Gary Larson, Far Side And The Mumbai Bloggers Meet
The Far Side series made him practically immortal in the world of caricature and cartooning.
- Mandala, Mumbai: New Strategy - Let Us Burn Slums
Burning slums - a delhi police demolition tactic - now in Mumbai
- U.P. – Food, Corruption And Courts: Public Hearings on Food Distribution
One story of how democracy has failed us... and yet it seems to work.
- Rugby in Bangalore: Day 1
Rugby is a little known sport in India. Here is my account of a pleasant experience with the Bangalore rugby team.
- Dharna Against Coke Continues Past 50th Day
While ignoring insects in its bottles, Coke stoops to smear campaign against community activist
- The Other Sen And The Art of Hip Hop
Kabir Sen, Amartya Sen's musician son, is breaking new ground in independent hip hop production.
- Reservations/Quotas And The "Meaning of Merit"
Does "merit" mean being oblivious of, and alienated from, the socio-historical realities of one's own society?
- Encroachments On Public Land, Ownership And Right Of Way
There is a need of a long term, non-parochial policy to deal with encroachment of public land.
- Concert Review: Alice Cooper, May 16, 2006, Winnipeg, Canada
Not ready for Vegas, Alice Cooper remains a mesmerizing, effortlessly brilliant performer, touring with sharp, young sidemen.
- Ruminations On Reservations
Is reservation a question of perspective? Can it be resolved with rhetoric? In the absence of dialogue?
- as the shadow parts
parting is the truth: acceptance of truth is death
- Delhi Diary: Picture Portraits of Anti-Reservation Demonstrations
Small, shining India out in the avenues; while the bigger, pathetically poor, unambiguously unprivileged Bharat largely ignored
- The Nepali Quicksand
It is indeed a bleak Kathmandu winter that we see ahead of us.
- Pakistani Launch of Taj Mahal: Tipsy Feroz and Angry Mahesh
Can't make out the reason for Mahesh Bhatt's angry reaction to the Feroz Khan episode. Would love some enlightenment.
- Writer's Notebook: Gettin' To Know You
...re-writes and editing was not just an exercise in cleaning and polishing, it was a means of reintroducing myself to the characters
- Tom Riddle Vs. Anakin Skywalker
Who really is the stronger, meaner and ultimately more powerful of the two - Lord Voldemort or Darth Vader?
- Movie Review: The Da Vinci Code: Code Kyun Kahaan?
The gimmicks, or rather the attempts, to bind the audience are below par and one expected better from Howard-jee.
- Guidelines for Successful Offshore Project Management
The bottomline is to prepare and plan well and be tuned into the cultural differences to use the strengths of the synergies.
- Movie Review: The Da Vinci Code
Low expectations have borne positive feedback from moviegoers, but this mediocre film should have been an 8-hour mini-series.
- DVD Review: Match Point
A tension-filled thriller by Woody Allen, Match Point is a real gem that didn't fare well in theatres in 2005.
- Movie Review: The Warrior
Like all good Samurai movies, this movie too builds slowly, and you are drawn to Lacfadia's character.
- Movie Review: Prozac Nation
Prozac Nation is one of the rare movies that actually challenges your imagination by leaving behind some loose threads.
- Google Trends: The Great Desi Survey
Which Indian city is the most sexually repressed? Which is the saddest? Which loves Narendra Modi the most?
- 25.6 million Veterans' Personal Data "Lost"
More IT hypocrisy.
- Book Review: The Dark Is Rising Sequence - Susan Cooper
a perfect antidote to Harry Potter withdrawal and anticipation.
- Movie Review: Gangster -- Gone Gyani Gobardhan
For those who came late or early or on time: oz's screenplay professor is also the Don of Orange County, California.
- Final Update On Blog Plagiarism
The culprits, Peace Journalism and Sabyasachi Amtiav were forced to except their foul play and render an appropriate apology.
- Memories Of Chacha
The family stuck together against tremendous odds, foresaking cushy lives in relatives' houses so they would not be obligated to anybody.
- Fiction: A Fight Between a Woman and a Feminist
You decide who is right - A Woman or a Feminist?
- Wake Up Calls From Uncle Pai
Does the media always deliver the unvarnished truth? Or does it sex things up a bit? A personal experience.
- In For The Long Haul
...if I have to spend the rest of my days on it, it will have been worth it.
- Indicast # 22 : The Fine Line
Indicast's episode # 22 : Plagiarism guaranteed
- Book Review: Code Name God
"From the beginning there was a touch of unreality about my life in the fast lane."
- Graduate, Graduate, Graduate (And Boxer by Simon Garfunkel)
I have achieved intellectual nirvana, where nothing surprises me, nothing bothers me.
- The "N" Word
Why can't I say that one word that guarantees instant cool in modern America?
- So You Want To Be A Good Reviewer And Critic?
Reviewing requires learning, dedication, and passion. Tough to do well, it not only educates your readers but helps you appreciate what you're reviewing.
- DVD Review: Vol.1 Jazz Voice: The Ladies Sing Jazz Various Artists
How often will Billy Holliday, Nina Simone, and Dinah Washington serenade you while you're sitting at home?
- Mumbai Street Food: Meet The Puris
The streets of Mumbai are not only paved with gold but also with the best the Puri clan has to offer.
- Bangalore: Mid-Year Strand Book Festival
Strand Book Stall's semi-annual book festival starts tomorrow in Bangalore.
- Narmada Bachao Andolan and Aamir Khan: Fani Ya Fanaa?
Will Aamir be able to stand by his principles and continue to support the cause?
- Desicritics Editor's Picks - May 15-21
The past week's picks.
- Desicritics Guidelines: Spin The Spammers
If spammers continue to flout guidelines and cross all barriers of decorum and decency then many here will get discouraged.
- Concert Review: Summer Streakin' With The Rock N' Dolls
Judging from the number of people who showed up I would say that the event was a definite success.
- The Enron Verdict: Lessons for India
The lesson in this verdict for India is simple – no country can ever claim to be great or progress too much without a justice
- Fiction: Bareback Mounting – Mr. Dubya Bennet & Mr. Dick Darcy
Manuscript of the first chapter of an unpublished classic by Jane Austen’s illegitimate great-grand daughter
- Idea Cellular: Horrible Customer Care
Some day, these companies would be forced to act on behalf of the customers; then the customer would truly have a choice.
- Fiction: The Sex Addict: Chapter One
Hi, I’m Dr. Kamalkanth Tripathi and this is my story...
- Movie Review: Krrish: The Indian Superhero!
Move over Shaktimaan.
- Broadband: Next Gen Access Through Internet 2
What could you do with this kind of 800 gbps bandwidth?
- Only For People Like You - Visiting The Udaipur City Palace
"Well, you see, sir, it is to keep out the public", he said.
- India’s Return To An Uncivilized Age
We have a right not to vote. Let us exercise it, if the leaders we choose do not perpetrate the true norms of a democratic
- Eloquent Silence
The histrionics of political rabble rousers, the self-styled upholders and defenders of Hindutva, can't hold a candle to such eloquent silence.
- CD Review: Dark Bar And A Jukebox J.B. Beverley & The Wayward Drifters
Listening to them will remind you of that better way awaiting.
- Narmada Dam Project: (Fanaa)tic Political Agendas
Aamir, I am with you.
- We All Have Our Closets and "We're" Stepping Out
Blame India Watch "outs" itself.
- Review/Photo Essay: Eternal Gandhi - A Multimedia Exhibition
At a time when Gandhiji's ideas seem to have become relegated to history textbooks, this exhibition helps to bring his ideas back into focus.
- With a Grain of Salt: State Terrorism – A Legal and Conceptual Impossibility
State sponsored terrorism is a difficult one to prove and even more difficult to stop.
- BSNL: Left Opposition to One India Plan
"People's Democracy" gives some glorified bunch of idiots the opportunity to rant about the Government's policies while being a part of it!
- CD Review: Free To Be...You And Me Marlo Thomas And Friends
The messages imparted on Free To Be…You And Me are as valuable today as they were back in 1972.
- The Beggar and The Peanut Seller
Here he was working hard to earn his pennies and here was this useless, miserable creep who just sat there the whole day doing nothing.
- The MoDi Vinci Code
He decides who gets punished when a murder is committed – the murderer or the victim.
- Can You Make Money From Blogging?
This requires focus and dedication and most importantly staying a bit ahead of the curve.
- Reverse Racism Is Not A Cure For Racism!
In an autocracy, the "elite" had the power: in a democracy it is the "lower" castes.
- Micro Opportunities in a Macro World
In addition to the social impact of micro loans, there is a very strong economic incentive for people to participate.
- DVD Review: Together
Strong, overlooked film of a journey by a prodigy and his father to a Beijing music competition.
- The Current Reservation Debate
In a way, I believe that we are paying for the folly of not exercising our franchise and making the political structure accountable.
- Fiction: Great Distances
The quotidian chores became his existential challenge. Waiting for the elevator, moving slowly in a queue, stopping to hold casual conversations.
- Culture And The Arts
Is it any wonder the arts and artists are looked on as some sort of freak show.
- A Child's Future
In the light of the reservation issue that is dividing our land, Utpal's story stands out as an example or how difficult it has become
- a drop of Truth: you and me
you a drop---i, another / landless, nationless, clueless
- Of Dreams and Delusions
In return for her dreams and aspirations, she got delusions and abuse.
- Movie Review: X-Men: The Last Stand
Lacks heart and character development, but is already successful. Look for Magneto and Wolverine in 2007 and another X-Men series.
- The Reservation Debate: Seeking Inspiration from the "Internationale"
We do have a working democracy. However, for all its flaws, it is notional.
- Is Environmental Conservation A Stop To Evolution?
Whatever we have manifested - through our brains and actions i.e.; destruction of environment was part of our involution to start with.
- Raw Materials by Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa
We generally do not associate Indian-American and jazz musicians together when we talk about the desi community in the US.
- ...But Who are the OBCs?
Reservations: The debate on "economic criteria" vs. "caste" is based on ignorance about the definition of OBCs.
- Prospective Brides Sitting in a Row…Eeney Meeny Miney Mo
Next time you're at a community or family wedding, notice how young boys and girls (probably in their twenties and older) gather in groups.
- Reservation Debate: Overheard!
It's seven in the morning. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is having his cup of tea with biscuits. And the phone rings....
- DVD Review: Walk The Line
Sometimes movies are able to catch lightening in a bottle, Walk The Line does just that
- Fiction: Narendra Modi’s Little Saffron Book
Random thoughts of the Hindu Harday Samrat – Founder Statesman of the Republic of Gujarat
- Book Review: Warday by Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka
The essential question Warday asks - and tries to answer - is how do we measure an epidemic of shortened lives?
- K(T)ollywood gripe - Part II
Has anyone noticed the increasing number of Hindi singers belting out songs in Tamizh and Telugu movies these days?
- Getting to Know Our Indian Coconuts
For starters, they cannot even say two words in their mother tongue, and probably battle to say "Namaste" or "Wannekum".
- Desicritics Editors' Picks - May 22-28
A selection from last week highlighting articles you may have missed.
- Whose Life is it Anyway
At one level, ending life artificially can never be morally acceptable to those who fear God.
- M F Hussain Art Exhibition in London Closed After Attack by Religious Extremists
The reaction of Asia House, the media, the artistic community, and of London itself, has been wholly inadequate.
- Right Brained, Left Brained
I thank my parents for screwing up my brain function and making me unpredictable - even to myself.
- Sameer Patange: Master of Body Art
At a very young age, Sameer has made a mark for himself in the Indian Body Art scenario.
- Canadian Politics: The Feds And The Provinces
When running for election the Conservative Party promised a whole new era of inter-provincial relations: this week’s meeting will tell.
- Buddha As A Vedantin
A good starting point is to examine both philosophies and see how well they blend with each other.
- White Wash In The West Indies: Time For Tune-Up?
I could be accused of being wise in hindsight here, I expected India to struggle in the West Indies.
- Krantigeet (A revolutionary song)
A poem, with translation, to rouse people for protesting against a government that is blinded by votebank politics.
- And Now Mr. Narendra Modi In His Own Words
Non-fictional thoughts of the Hindu Harday Samrat – Democratically Elected Chief Minister of the State of Gujarat
- bird with wings
two birds, four wings, one tale
- Is there Merit in Reservations?
Beyond anecdotes and ideology, empirical evidence indicates that reservation has had a positive impact on society.
- The Agony of Calling a VSNL Call Centre
How calling on the phone was simple then, and is such a pain these days.
- Movie Review: Pudhupettai - Celebrating the Obscene and the Guttural
A review of the most anticipated Tamil movie of the summer.
- Jared Leto’s Shakahari Hit : Joyful Conjugal Gooses
Promoting Canada is recommended as we’re very much preferring parliamentary democracy. Also happy geese enjoying conjugal felicity is highly shakahari.
- Reservation Debate and Media's Response
The Media has exposed its biases by aligning with those in power.
- Mobile Mallu Hair Embarassment (aka Anand Jon) Has Thoughts on Michelle Rodriguez
Michelle Rodriguez is out of jail, Anand Jon is in need of haircut. We are are reminded of the words of the great weaver-saint Tiruvalluvar.
- Eye on the Sparrow
Invasion of privacy is increasing in India under various pretexts without corresponding increase in quality of governance.
- Movie Review: Tom, Dick and Harry
Life is full of suffering, accentuated by Bollywood's clueless producers and swindling directors.
- Live It Up, Girls!
Is it a rash action of a moment? Is it a pre-meditated act? Or is it just a cry for help?
- PM's Handling of the Reservation Issue: Nice Guys Finish Second
With the quota imbroglio, it is not clear whose goodwill the Prime Minister actually retains.
- The Struggle with Web 2.0: You Are Not Alone...
You are not alone in this wonderful new world of inter-connectedness. Web 2.0 tools are great, but they do take a toll on you...
- Quotas In Our Cricket Team
This is a satirical coment on what our cricket team might look like if we used reservation quotas on them
- Bollywood Supports Aamir - Better Late Than Never?
When Aamir Khan refused to succumb to threats, initially the film industry stayed mum.
- Mailed Mary Full Of Grace
I never knew that proselytising was considered charitable. That's such a relief.
- Photo Essay: A Walk Among the Clusters in Cubbon Park
An account of an afternoon spent meandering through Cubbon Park.
- Book Review: The Kite Runner - Memories of Yesterday
Part historty, part fiction, part autobiography, The Kite Runner is an unforgettable read.
- Book Review: The Girl, Sonia Faleiro - Slim Pickings
The Girl is a carefully crafted book.
- Smoking: Ladies, Please Butt Out!
Instead of smoking themselves to death, why don't they motivate their other halves to quit this disgusting and deathly habit?
- The Hudood Ordinance: Zara Souchiye
The Geo campaign Zara Souchiye hopes to deliver what eluded the inept and corrupt civilian governments of Nawaz-Shareef and Benazir-Bhutto.
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