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- Archives: November 2006
- Poetry: in a few words
say more with less
- What Is 'National Identity'?
We now know English better than our mother tongues (which leaves us with regret and... a new identity to embrace).
- Loan a Book, Lose a Friend; ‘Bookcross’ It, You Befriend the World
Bookcrossing works for those who believe that the whole world is a public library, in which we are all readers.
- Interview: What Is It Like To Be a Christian Citizen of Pakistan?
Are minority Christians discriminated against in Pakistan? Are they free to pray in their churches? Do they enjoy the same opportunities as their Muslim countrymen?
- Music Review: Lost Sounds: Blacks And The Birth Of The Recording Industry 1891 - 1922
...a fascinating glimpse into the lives of musicians prior to the days of the music that we most associate with the modern era of Black
- Bajour Madrassa Raid: Tackling Islamic Militancy
I can't help but feel America and their allies have got their strategies all wrong in their War against Terror.
- News Analysis From Israel – The Evil Will Come From the North: Part 3: The Imminence of War
"Big ships from the coast of Kittim will afflict Assyria and afflict the other bank – but it too, will be forever destroyed." (Numbers 24:24)
- Concert Review: Roger Waters Undiluted
Roger Waters live at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. Suffice it to say, he left us all comfortably numb.
- A Touch Of Nostalgia For Navarathri On All Hallows Eve
The Jack O' Lanterns gleamed evilly on some doorsteps and the dark creatures were on the prowl.
- Día De Los Muertos: A Day To Celebrate the Dead
Death and Life are part of the same cycle. We live to die: die to live.
- ICC Champions Trophy 2006 - The Desicritics Roundup
As we reach the climax of the Champions Trophy, here's a look at what Desicritics have to say.
- The Art of Blogging
Is blogging art?
- Move Over Captain
Chappell's beginning catapulted him to the limelight of Indian cricket for what some might say were the wrong reasons.
- Sudden Infant Deaths: New Study Finds Cause - Or Symptom?
If the child is laid face down in its bed it will never be able to move in order to take a deep breath if
- Theater Review: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” is basically a love story that charms the viewer with warmth and wit.
- Reporters Sans Frontiers' Worldwide Press Freedom Rankings: Playing With Numbers to Achieve Objective Ratings of Subjective Reality
Lost in translation are subtleties of data, methods of data collection and of analysis, and the caveats.
- Karnataka: Preserving Its Culture
All schools in the state should make Kannada compulsory till Class 5th. This will ensure that all students learn the language and to speak and
- Short Story: Unrequited Love
"On second thoughts, that would be the cruelest thing to happen to anyone who presents me with the greeting."
- The 2006 O'Reilly Photoshop Cook-off Winners
If your raw images aren't quite good enough, you can always turn to the trusty Adobe Photoshop.
- All Set for Prithvi Theatre's Festival
A festival that brings together theatre icons and young blood, diverse forms, multiple languages and remarkable insights.
- Music Review: Instrumentals 1967 -1996 Canned Heat
...throughout the decades of their existence they have the ability to play outside the box with style and flair
- Abhorrent Discrimination: A Letter to Dr. Manmohan Singh
Dr. Singh, what is your reason for this abject divorce from reason and fairness?
- TV Preview: Sony's Bigg Boss - The Indian Big Brother - Bole Toh Reality Ya Totally Futtoo
Frankly speaking, I have my doubts, especially regarding this reality show’s authenticity.
- Should Homosexuals Marry?
The question of gay marriage does not pose an ethical/moral choice but a social preference choice.
- Travel: Northwest Airlines: Rude, Unprofessional Staff Make For An Unpleasant Journey
Long lines at security check in, delayed flights and unprofessional staff have turned air travel into a virtual nightmare.
- Watching The Chronicles of Narnia on Christmas Day
Were movie theatres open on Christmas Day? We could not remember, but we were going to find out.
- Family Planning - India's Abandoned Agenda
Sanjay Gandhi was right after all, even though his methods were wrong.
- Cricket Doping Scandal Sentences - Injustice For Shoaib Akhtar
There no other way it can be said, the panel that adjudicated on Akhtar and Asif's guilt have treated Akhtar unjustly.
- Music Review: Blues Ignited David Rotundo
They commit themselves to each song like it's the last thing they might ever do in their lives.
- Meet and Greet: What Happens When Desicritics Get Together?
Conversation was easy as we found loads of things to talk about - from the usual what we did, our lives apart from the WWW
- What is Bengalooru? Ab Dilli Door Nahin!
Bangalore is now Bengalooru, Bombay is Mumbai, Madras is Chennai and Calcutta is Kolkata. How long before Delhi becomes Dilli?
- Poetry: At Nam Viet Pho 79: Dining Alone, I Browse the Paper
Scientists warn the world may run out of seafood.
- Ex-editor, Economic Times, Has a Head Full of Stories; If Only He Would Blog
Life of a city reporter during Mr Nageswaran's Indian Express days (1950s) was a tough grind.
- Book Review: The Mephisto Club
The Mephisto Club does something most books of its genre cannot -- create an atmosphere of evil.
- Travel Episodes: Carpe Diem of Nothingness
A day in my travels when I revelled in the bliss of doing nothing.
- Atheism and Creationism: A Call for Balance
Life is full of unexplained mysteries, unaccounted for happenstances just as it is also predictable in other ways.
- Saddam Hussein Verdict: Vengeance Or Justice?
Confusing justice and vengeance is a mistake at any time, here it would be a very bloody one
- Saddam Hussein Sentenced To Death In Trial For Crimes Against Humanity
Featuring more political grandstanding and media theater than legal exegesis of his crimes, his trials have not set good precedents.
- Movie Review: Martin Scorsese's The Departed
The Departed is one of the most astounding movies I’ve seen that indicts America for its exhibition of insensitivity and xenophobia.
- The Plight of the Criminal Lawyer - Jethmalani Defends Sharma and Faces Flak
Adam Hall in John Grisham's "The Chamber" and Ram Jethmalani show us that it is tough to earn your living as a criminal lawyer.
- Ram Jethmalani Questions Judges' Integrity In Jessica Lal - Manu Sharma Case
What we need to ask here is that should people like Ram Jethmalani be allowed to contest elections, practice law and be part of the
- Time And Toes
Time tends to erase the most precious memories of the departed but the one memory that will always stay with me are of my dad's
- Bangladesh Diary: UN Convention on Children's Rights Honored Only In Breach
Why do we insist on employing children? Have we failed to grasp what it really means to talk of children's rights?
- Book Review: Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower, William Blum
Blum's work is a substantial reply to the ahistorical argument that postulates that the post-9/11 world is different.
- TV Review: The Yes, Minister Series
"When a country is going downhill, it is time for someone to get into the driving seat, and put his foot on the accelerator."
- Movie Review: Umrao Jaan vs Umrao Jaan
A classic by Mujaffir Ali; a blunder by J.P. Dutta.
- Nanowrimo Is Back! November Is Noveling Binge Time
Of those who have been through November noveling binge in earlier years, some are reported to have sworn off fiction forever.
- Book Review: The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
The analogies in many of the most memorable chapters, especially in how they make their choices between men are spellbinding.
- Music Review: Everything I Need Aynsley Lister
...he's not here to conquer anything but your love of good music.
- Doing Business in India
We’ve been told corruption and poor governance are bad for business. Yet India continues to grow. Whence this contradiction?
- Social Networking Sites: Do They Help ?
At the moment the potential dangers of social networking in India are minimal if one takes reasonable precautions.
- Poetry: sealed candy jar on a cold afternoon: can spring be far off?
having completed the poem the fingers refuse to move on there are tremors from gaza, baghdad, darfur
- Bangladesh Diary: Monthly Meeting and Decision Making
In Bangladesh, the government fiddles (in more ways than one) while the country is set alight. The people, meanwhile, have had enough.
- Film Review: On Watching Don
Mountains and molehills
- Daniel Ortega And The Return Of The Sandinistas
South and Central America are never going to go back to being the personal fiefdoms of the United States and its business community
- Art Review: Coomaraswamy's Understanding Indian Art
Essay explaining Indian art as expounded by Ananda Coomaraswamy.
- Interview: A Conversation With Meghana Karthik, Director Gautham Menon's Assistant
There are beautiful places in India and there is no reason why we cannot shoot here!
- Book Review: National Geographic Series, Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Diwali and Ramadan
A must buy for school libraries who do not have these holidays covered in pictorial form.
- Delhi's Sealing Drive - A Critical Time For India's Basic Constitutional Structure
A constitutional crisis averted in the nick of time, and some lessons from the past.
- Investing Gyaan: Financial Planning Steps
To be fair to my financial advisor, he helped me understand that one must take responsibility for oneself.
- Short Story: Learn This Simple Word.
It is never too hard or too late to say "sorry"
- Desi Dating And Matrimonial Musings
Desi marriage scene is a shake of occidental and oriental world views in a whirring blender.
- A Blatant Discrimination by the Nobel Prize Committee
If the Nobel committee wants to do something beyond admitting its fault, it could consider naming the Peace Prize after Gandhi.
- Cricket: One Hair Less
Did Hair deserve punishment or was he a victim of strong arm tactics by the newly powerful Asian bloc in cricket?
- Is Homosexuality Natural?
Is homosexuality ‘unnatural’, ‘abnormal’, or ‘inhuman’?
- Not Exactly a Review: Vyakti Ani Valli
That I can write on and on and on about the book should tell you what I feel about it.
- SALTAF: South Asian Literary and Theater Arts Festival - 2006
Films and books in the spotlight strove to highlight the lesser known social and political issues in the Indian Subcontinent
- Role of Why in Science and Religion
The answers to the questions posed by Why are not answered easily by Science while religion has always answered it.
- Bangladesh Diary: Home and Away
The things we miss when in exile
- Gender Wars, Courtesy Forbes?
Two Forbes editors seem to have lost the essence of marriage...
- Movie Review: The Last King of Scotland (2006)
Whether it annoys for its superficiality or exhilarates for its thrills, it is worth watching for Whitaker’s excellent portrayal.
- Book Review: Blood Money
This is not only about America. It is the result of one of the "frailties" of human nature- GREED.
- Australian Cricket Team Displays Lack of Manners At Champions Trophy Awards Ceremony
Where are your manners, mate?
- Britney Spears Files for Divorce - A Distraction From The U.S. Elections
It might be the least shocking headline in a decade but it arrives just in time to save us from hours of droning by Wolf
- Music Review: Ray LaMontagne Till The Sun Turns Black
In the case of Ray LaMontagne I have no trouble saying Till The Sun Turns Black is the work of an artist.
- Elections 2006: Go New Jersey, Go America!
Has America redeemed itself in some shape or form?
- Book Review: The Heart Of The Matter by Graham Greene
It is a delightful read, both because of the simplicity of the language and honesty of the tale.
- Investing Gyaan: Stocks
A brief overview about stocks and equities to help you invest wisely.
- Satire: Joke Of The Year - The Democratic Front's Publicity Campaign
Maharashtra's Democratic Front government's publicity campaign will have you rolling with laughter
- Election Days
Please America, let that voice be heard so that the rest of the world knows we don't seriously suck ass.
- Hindu Holocaust: A Thorn by any Other Name...
There's little difference between Hitler and Aurangzeb.
- The Merits of the Death Penalty: Too Many Questions Abound
As a society, we forgive everyday, and we must. We get pissed, but we forgive.
- Bangladesh Diary: What a Strange, Wonderful Place
I am always utterly overwhelmed by the amazing qualities of the people. Never anywhere have I been smiled at so often by so many.
- Reject Rural Romance, Says Janmejaya Sinha
Our villages are all about candles and torches, cow-dung, flies and mosquitoes; they're about caste, gender inequality and static social order.
- How Naïve Is Our President?
A supposedly smart man, the President. He should at least try to make a difference.
- Which Way Is Left?
...the "left" might actually reinvent itself back to being what it was in the first place: a voice of hope and reason
- China’s Initiatives in Africa
China is consistently enhancing its engagement with African nations in all spheres primarily to gain from rich endowment of resources including oil.
- Movie Review: Don
Farhan Akhtar provides a clever reworking of the original Don.
- Where is Home?
Obviously, to him, home is not just a place you live in, or come back to everyday, or where you can put your feet up
- Bangladeshi Political Trends - Turmoil Before Order?
Bangladesh is in apparent political turmoil which is boiling onto the streets. Will order emerge from the crisis?
- Bangladesh Diary: Streetlife
I decided to turn my eyes fully to the life of the streets, and this is what I saw.
- Applying For Admission to the U.S.?
A guide of issues an incoming undergraduate applicant may want to think about before coming to US.
- Music Review: Johnny Action Figure Asks The Room To Please Stop Spinning
When whoever said everything old is new again said it I'm not sure what they were referring to, but it...
- Dhoni Goes For a Haircut, Crowd Mobs, Media Plays Up
In drawing room conversations you are made to look silly if you don't keep up with the live telecast.
- October Harvest: India’s Counter Terror Successes
In October, Indian police has an impressive list of successes in uncovering a number of terror cells in the country.
- India: The Human Development Report - 2006
In the latest HDR report India is more or less at the same rank, implying that not much of development has taken place.
- Blogging: Making Comments More Useful
Rethinking commenting systems to make them more useful for users.
- The Truth About Islam: An Alternate View
Perceptions of Islam in the media, and lived experience in a Muslim country
- An Interesting Weekend For Indian Sport
Jyoti Randhawa has a one shot lead at the HSBC Golf Tournament and Saina Nehwal is in the final of the junior world badminton championship.
- Restaurant Review: Sunnys, Bangalore
In the mood for an elegant lunch or a classic dinner? Then step into Sunnys, a Euro restaurant that specializes in Italian food.
- What To Remember On Remembrance Day?
...use this day to remind ourselves of the horrors of war...Otherwise it's all been a waste.
- Village Court Verdict: 51 Slaps in Public for a Rapist
A village court orders the rapist to be publicly slapped with an open hand 51 times.
- Indian Domestic Violence Law Has Fascist Overtones
Fascist implementation of domestic violence law combined with legal terrorism by misuse of anti-dowry laws will lead to serious human rights violations.
- Muttawas - The Real Moral Police
Intrepid describes how it is to live in Saudi Arabia policed by Muttawas, a much-feared and equally despised moral police.
- Bangladesh Diary: Time Travel
A journey through Dhaka Old Town
- Movie Review: Babel - Lots of Babble, Nothing Else
Babel spans continents and cultures; unfortunately it ends up nowhere.
- Movie Review: Amores Perros - Love's Bitches
Dog-fighting is a terrible sport. So is Love.
- Exotic Sports: Ice Cricket
The Estonians play a modified game of cricket on real ice
- Poetry: smiling differently
dasamukha ravana / demands hate / with usurious interest / for deeds of the dead
- Canadian Pain Society Observes National Pain Awareness Week: Were You Aware Of It?
Living with pain is a formidable enough challenge without having to overcome other people's prejudices
- Top Five PR Agencies In India
Competition among the PR agencies in the India PR industry is non-existent on the outside but ruthless on the sly.
- Investing Gyaan: Indian Investment Habits
Time will tell if we play safe or are bold: there’s no gain without pain or no growth without risks.
- Google vs. Guruji.com - A Desi Perspective on Search Engines
With the increasing Internet usage among the rural and urban population in India, the localized search has a very good market.
- Sify Broadband Loses Case In Consumer Courts, Unfair Trade Practices Cited
This is a landmark judgment as for the first time technical deficiency has been proved in the court of law in India against an ISP.
- Hindu Marriage Rituals: True to Tradition?
The greatest strength of Hindu society is its very morphability or adaptability. This process has stagnated in the past several centuries.
- Returning Natives And The Changing Landscape
It's never been easier to claim their longing for family and homeland is more than they can bear.
- DVD Review: Born Into Brothels - India's Oscar Triumph
What happens when the line between merely documenting tragedy and doing something about it becomes blurred?
- Thank God For Radical Islam
Enlightenment and Western civilization are both at stake while academic philosophers and theologians betray the public trust with their never-ending pop culture nonsense.
- Book Review: Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins
What the Rigoberta Menchus are saying is given authenticity and proof in this chilling chronicles of our world.
- The National Novel Writing Month Contest 2006: A New Approach To An Old Friend
Who knows...As long as I don't end up sitting on a couch with Oprah exchanging heart felt opinions I'm happy.
- Bangladesh Diary: 60 Seconds
Headline news: a man hugs his wife...
- Investing Gyaan: In School
Throwing the baby into the swimming pool Might seem heartless but it helps the child learn swimming faster.
- The Way to NRI Wallets is Through Their Tummies
They would drive miles to taste things desi. Their food-driven weekend urge may have to do with their lifestyle.
- Book Review: Web Mobile Services - Architecture and Implementation
A mobile web developers' handbook
- Weekend Jaunts: Frinton-on-Sea - Beachkku Jaana, Beachukku Jaana!
The actual beach, with the sand and the sea, is generally of no importance whatsoever.
- Dr. Niqab - Comedy or Tragedy?
An Arab proverb eloquently puts it as: "so sad, that it becomes funny."
- Three-Year-Old Anant, Son of Adobe India's MD, Kidnapped
Anant Gupta kidnapped; media intrusive as ever
- Ontario Canada: Proof That Poverty And Poor Education Equals Crime
When Mike Harris proposed his Common Sense Revolution nobody gave much thought to the long-term implications of his proposals.
- Marriage Should Go--Right Now
Marriage didn't make sense, then. Marriage doesn't make sense, now. We should just let it go.
- With a Grain of Salt: The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions
If we get these decisions wrong, they will not affect us overtly, but will contribute to the general diminution of what a state is all
- Movie Reviews: The Cooler and 21 Grams: Three Directions at Once
Two movies divided against themselves.
- Bangladesh Diary: A Week In The Life Of A Dhaka Resident
Dhaka is many things, but it's never boring.
- Reservations: Social (In)Justice
Stray thoughts on social justice, reservations and caste.
- Who Speaks For Native Canadians?
The Canadian government's responsibility is too all the native people of Canada, not just the Assembly of First Nations.
- The US Digs A Ditch For Itself And The World
Where do you think we are headed? Is it just a coincidence that two countries - North Korea and Iran - have gone/almost gone
- Book Review: Writing Security Tools and Exploits, James C Foster, Vincent Liu
An excellent user-guide for the intended audience.
- A Poem For All Travellers
Just for all people.
- American Withdrawal From Iraq: When, Not If
...it was naïve to think that all the problems would be solved by the overthrow of Hussein.
- Miracles Of Life
Do you believe that miracles do happen in reality?
- Islamic Terrorism and the Injustice Myth, Part 1
There's no justification for Islamist acts of terrorism in the West
- The Truth About Islam: Not an Alternate View
Andrew Morris's "alternate view" is neither new nor original.
- Extreme Interpretations of Islam: A Step Too Far!
Taking the words rigidly and stopping at their literal meaning, while denying their underlying principles was never Islam.
- Ram Jethmalani Works in a Special Interest Democracy
Whether Sharma is acquitted or not, Ram Jethmalani has not perpetrated any crime.
- Canadian Football Is Still Football
...it is a different version of the game where the emphasis is placed more on speed and agility then straight ahead strength
- poetry: words for my other son: lazy musings on the importance of the right turn
lazy musings on the importance of selecting the right turn
- Book Review: The Famished Road- Ben Okri
A sheer literary delight that, in its inimitable style, sends out a strong message on the essence of living.
- Movie Review: Casino Royale (2006) - James Bond Reborn
We see glimpses of the old Bond, and quite a few beginnings of the later one.
- Next-Generation Gaming Consoles - Why I Want Nintendo in India
Nintendo's products are best suited for getting a whole new segment of people into gaming.
- Class Struggle - The Role of Classrooms In Education and Society
The consequences of the way we teach in our classrooms
- The Dynastic Democracy - The Right To Choose
In today's democracies, the positions of power toggle between only a few families! Are these modern dynasties?
- On the sets of Anurag Kashyap's No Smoking
I wasn't sure of it... but Manjeet kept insisting I speak to Anurag about it. Anurag as usual was very accepting and in fact excited
- Michael Jackson - King of Flops - Disappointment at The World Music Awards
Yesterday's superstar simply can't manage to get his groove right.
- Book Review: The Naming Of The Dead, Ian Rankin
There are shadings of grey in between the black and white of a conviction or arrest that is the world that John Rebus calls home.
- Website Review: Robert Wright's MeaningOfLife.TV - In Search of Ultimate Meaning
Each year the area of the meadow is expanded but it is still in the embrace of an infinitely large uncharted terrain.
- Book Review: The Patiala Quartet by Neel Kamal Puri
The lives of four cousins as they grow through childhood innocence, adolescent passion and into an adulthood forever disfigured by the hurts of violence.
- Music Review: Mani Ratnam and A R Rahman’s Guru
Mani Ratnam and A R Rahman have always been a winning combo, since their Roja days.
- Islamic Terrorism and the Injustice Myth, Part 2
Muslims' allegation of 'injustices' against them do not just end with countries where they are a minority.
- Milton Friedman: A Legacy That Will Overshadow Most Postwar U.S. Presidents
Milton Friedman has done more for individual freedom than all the assorted presidents and Prime Ministers of the free world combined.
- Book Review: A Bowstring Winter by Dhruba Hazarika
Set in Shillong, every page of the book evokes memories and imagery of this beautiful town and the culture of its tribal people.
- Emancipation of Women in the Indian Sub-Continent - Do Laws Help?
Laws will take much time to remove domestic violence in the Indian sub-continent.
- Movie Review: Casino Royale
The 007 origin story is gritty with a menacing, masculine Bond and a refreshing lack of camp, cartoonish adversaries and gadgets.
- The Modern Aid Industry - Careerism, Bureaucratization, Racism, and Self-promotion
The modern "aid" industry can trace its antecedents back to Christian missionaries, whose mission was to "civilize the savages".
- Why Do We Suffer?
We are not solitary, and the price we pay for our attachments is vulnerability, the pain of loss.
- Movie Review: Casino Royale - The Re-invention Of James Bond
It is this conscious attempt to stay off the beaten path that makes Casino Royale so enjoyable.
- How Loud Do I Have To Be?
What surprises me is not that people have resorted to violence in an attempt to enact social change, but that more haven't done so
- Book Review: Process Improvement Essentials
A must read for the process improvement manager
- Know What Am Sayin'?
A majority of the times we use words to communicate our thoughts – structured or broken – depending on the company.
- Rakhi Sawant - Bigg Boss Ki Rani
So is there any difference between her stage presence and her reality?
- Bangladesh Diary: La Dolce Vita (A Day Out In Upmarket Dhaka)
How the other half (a percent) lives in the capital
- Why I'm Happy To Fail At NaNoWriMo This Year
It doesn't matter how much you write or how long it takes; what matters is that you write.
- Book Review : Mastering Regular Expressions
An entertaining and useful read for the computer language-savvy user.
- Rahul Mahajan a 'Wifebeater' - Fabrication or Reality?
Rahul Mahajan accused of beating up his wife.
- Movie Review: Martin Scorsese's The Departed: (Good + Bad) x Cop²
Youth carries the day.
- Movie Review: Independent Intervention
Independent Intervention can be seen as part of the genre of documentaries inspired by Michael Moore.
- Mid-Day's Juvenile Antics Target Passion for Cinema
Mid-day labels a film-maker a "copy cat" just because they chanced upon his blog a few days after they saw another film-maker's....
- Book Review: Migrating to IPv6, Mark Blanchet
A Practical Guide to Implementing IPv6 in Mobile and Fixed Networks
- Abhishek Honored With 'Yash Bharati' - The Bachchan Connection
It surely pays well to belong to a highly connected, famous family.
- Book Review: Python In A Nutshell, Alex Martelli
A Desktop Quick Reference
- Getting In Touch With Your Inner Goldfish
...you will learn the secrets of getting in touch with your inner goldfish and communing with your higher sheep self
- Ego Clashes Affecting Bus Services in Uttar Pradesh
The ego of our politicians is affecting commuters using the buses between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
- Islamic Terrorism and the Injustice Myth; Part 3
It is a dilemma for the world community as to how to deal with the humanitarian situations in Muslim countries.
- The British and Scottish Junior Squash Open - The Wimbledons of Squash
Our juniors will be participating in squash tournaments in the UK soon, hopefully continuing a winning streak.
- Book Review: Excel Scientific and Engineering Cookbook
Utility book for advanced use of Excel
- Warid Pakistan Open Day One Results: India's Top Two Players Lose
This will be the final tournament played by Saurav and Ritwik before the Asian Games
- BBC Children in Need: Charity Begins At Home
Every year in November, the British people raise money for the needy children of UK.
- Yeterday's Idol - Today's Fantasy
As a child we pick out an idol for any number of reasons, but mainly for the purpose of allowing us to create a fantasy
- Ethics, Corruption and the Police State
Too many cases of policemen caught taking bribes and troubling citizens.
- Thanksgiving: A Uniquely American Festival
On the eve of Thanksgiving, I can't wait to put an Indian spin (pun intended) on this uniquely American festival and contribute my own bit.
- Restaurant Review: Woody's, Bangalore
This is a family-friendly South Indian vegetarian restaurant.
- The Ongoing Polio Crisis in India - Exporting Polio To The World
If the situation is not controlled, India will lose its credibility internationally
- Fiction: Hitchhiker On A Smoky Road
A hand slammed against the windshield, ghostly white with pink bangles twinkling in the pouring rain.
- Political Course Corrections - Why Politicians Cannot Adapt To Changing Social Trends
Myopic policies, Caste-based reservation, Class divisions, Haves and have nots, and Indian politics.
- Quebec Past And Present - La Plus Que Change...
Espousing support of Quebec as a distinct society has always been a favoured ploy because it sounds substantial without having any real meaning.
- Satire: Indian Cricket Team Looking For Alternative Professions
I feel its time that some of the known players from this losing team start looking for alternative professions.
- Bangladesh Diary: Freedom Fighter
"I was once active in the war of Independence, full of dreams for this newborn country".
- The World Economic Forum - India Economic Summit 2006
The World Bank Group has compiled together a useful collection of information and analysis on India's economy ahead of the World Economic Forum's India Summit
- Somalia's Holy War - A Problem for the World
Islamic militants' success sets a worrying example for a world fighting extremism.
- Book Review: IT Security Project Management Handbook
An essential handbook for the intended audience
- Poetry: Conversation With A Cute Desi
cd: i have never seen you at a loss of words t: told you am not crying...though tears are flowing
- 4 Billion Tickets Sold and 1000 Movies Each Year - It's Bollywood, Not Hollywood
Bollywood, India's Hollywood out of Bombay, is a mammoth film industry.
- County Libraries In The United States - The Availability of Desi Media
The NRI contribution to public libraries in the United States.
- Pakistan: a Rapist's Paradise, Sanctioned by Allah?
That there is a debate is the most astonishing and embarrassing fact.
- U.S. Support of Israel: Helps or Hinders Peace in Mid-East?
Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians...a distant glimmer
- India's Turbulent North East - Hope and Despondency Ahead
India's North East offers a mixed bag of hope and despondency in the months ahead.
- Canadian Politics: Conservatives Sing The Same Old Song - Election Coming?
The Conservatives will play to everyone's baser instinct of more money in their pockets.
- Celebrity Child Adoption - Shopping For A Family
Is the road to adoption in India that easy?
- Tactics of Hamas and the Prophet's Treaty of Hudaibiyya
An account of how Hamas exploits Prophet Muhammad's war tactics agianst Israel
- Life in Israel – Another Police Volunteer Goes on the Long Patrol
You never know who you will meet in the small world that is the Jewish community.
- The Decline of B-Schools, and The Worth(lessness) of an MBA
The quality of b-schools can be better judged, not by academics, but by the graduates, business executives and HR professionals - in short by the
- Ruf Records: Keeping The Blues Alive
Ruf Records are this year's recipient of the Keeping The Blues Alive award for Record Companies.
- International Intervention In Islamic Countries
Problems in Muslim countries cannot be fixed by outside intervention. We should have learned this from Somalia's experience.
- Hazar Chourasi ki Ma and Kanu Sanyal – Tributes to Idealism
Hazar Chourasi ki Ma captures the images of that generation very well - spirits that will be defeated but never destroyed.
- The Indian Cricket Crisis - Living On Hope
Can this Indian team rise from the abyss of the loss in the 2nd ODI?
- Chappell Fails But Bats Straight
As politicians debate Indian cricket team's poor performance and as the team fails again, Chappell bats straight.
- Bangladesh Diary: Happy Families
Differences in family life between Bangladesh and the UK
- From Delhi to Chennai - Are There Two Indias?
One spits, shouts, and jostles in its unrelenting push for domination. The other is more civilized and secure.
- Driving From L.A. to San Francisco
It is easy to get impressed by the roads and cars of USA. But why they don't go for simpler options?
- A Government's Priorities
What would happen if we ever decided to work as hard at preserving life throughout the world as we do now at destroying it?
- Music Review : Def Leppard's Yeah!
I haven't heard too much Def Leppard, partly because their records aren't easy to find where I come from, and...
- Vitusha Oberoi's Tactics – Is It Yellow Journalism?
Is it a done thing now-a-days to make merry on other's misery?
- TV Review: What Happens In Your Bedroom At Night?
"Brainiac: Science Abuse" - TV Series Review
- Cartoon: The Indian Cricket Debacle - You Can Run But You Cannot Hide
The match you would never want to watch.
- My Town: Chennai
The old and the new have meshed together so well that one barely leaves a dent on another.
- India: The Land of (Political) Liberty
A corner of South Asia has been upending America and its allies in protecting and granting equal political opportunity to all its citizens.
- A Closer Look at The Israeli Peace Offer
A closer inspection, with a touch of humanity, reveals a more nuanced picture.
- The Music Maker Relief Foundation: Helping Restore The Blues
They are one of the best and brightest hopes for keeping the Blues alive today.
- Gaza: Shock, Awe and Uncertainty 2006
The biggest shock in operation "Autumn Clouds" was the strength of the Gaza Palestinians resolve and Israel's response.
- Born Brahmin: Chasm Between Belief and Expectations
I wish people remembered that in its intention, there was no central hierarchy founded or associated with religion.
- Identity Tags: The South Indian Debate
There has to be constant effort to unite India while allowing for local identities to thrive.
- Sanjay Dutt Acquitted and Convicted
Sanjay Dutt found guilty and this time round he doesn't even have the shoulder of his father to lean on.
- With a Grain of Salt: What Went Wrong?
While we can clearly identify what went wrong, we can also identify what will happen in the immediate future - more of the same!
- Movie Review: Dhoom 2
Kinda like Dhoom, but far more slick, stunt-laden, and predictable. Not to mention far less melodious.
- The 15th Asian Games, Doha, 2006
The world's second largest sport event in one of the globe's smallest countries, starts on the 1st of December.
- Rise of Soft News: Consumptive Entertainment in Media
Hard News is treacherously hard to define when issues like L'affaire Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are regularly covered in news programs.
- Music Review: Musafirs From Rajasthan
This band from the Indian state of Rajasthan will take you on one amazing music trip.
- Movie Review: Stalin (Telugu)
Strictly for die-hard Chiru fans ONLY. Rest of you can stay at home, relax with your favourite HotShots DVD.
- Aamir Khan, Coca Cola and Celebrity Advertising
Celebrity advertising needs to be used with a lot of application of mind and not merely banking on a star’s glamour quotient.
- Music Review: Andrew Collberg Andrew Collberg
His first disc shows plenty of promise, but also shows weaknesses that need to be addressed.
- Is Alang Breaking Ships Or Breaking Lives?
At Alang there is employment; but is this how 'employment' ought to be provided?
- Bharti Yadav Deposes: The Result of a Mother's Resolve With Help from an Active Judiciary
The Nitish Katara case, and how the mother's resolve moved the judicial system to force a witness to depose
- Paid Media Editorial: Should Public-Relations Adopt It?
I saw an interesting, and bold, article in the latest issue of First Option, a new weekly magazine...
- Movie Review: Dhoom:2 - Double the Masti and Double the Paisa Vasool
On the whole, the Dhoom:2 is a completely fun-filled, exciting, roller-coaster ride for those who enjoy light-hearted action films.
- Bangladesh Diary: Laughing Buddha
An evening in the company of a Buddhist monk
- Eternal Illusion and How Observer Creates His Own Reality
Knowledge is itself Ignorance and the distinction is non-existent for both are collapse events and thus illusions.
- Canadian Politics: What Are The Conservatives Conserving?
The Conservative Party of Canada exists to conserve itself and what it believes in.
- Tollygunge: Breakfast at Tolly
Breakfast at Tolly is somewhat special, it is a Calcuttan breakfast if there was such a thing.
- Nitish Katara Murder Trial: A 21st Century Love Story
Bharti Yadav takes the stand, nearly 5 years after Nitish Katara's murder.
- Infant Feeding: Breast is Best
U.K Parents and hospitals don't often see the full finaincial and health benefits
- Cricket Vandalism: A Case for Cricke(rio)t Insurance
Folks elsewhere in the world might find our ways of celebrating victory somewhat disconcerting.
- ARR: The Urban Legend
His music is everything – slick, beautiful, sublime and timeless. Long may it resonate around the world.
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- Poetry: in a few words