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- Archives: June 2007
- The Conundrum of Self-Identity
Rejecting self-identity based on nations, cities, ethnic groups, races, families, tribes, or any other accidental aspects of one's existence.
- Movie Review: Naseeb - Excellent Masala Fare
It was a brilliantly executed movie
- Bangladesh Cricket: A Generation Too Soon
Full members need to apply serious pressure on the ICC to revoke Bangaladesh's right to play Test cricket.
- Book Review: Snow by Orhan Pamuk
A story of a poet coming to terms with his origins and ultimately himself.
- Chasing Bollywood Stars in Amsterdam
The IIFA Awards were being held in Amsterdam in 2005 and I was a cub reporter
- Comics Review: Virgin Comics' Ganesha by Deepak Chopra
The memory of elephants is a boon and a curse, especially when combined with the passion of humans.
- ME! ME! ME!
I am sick and tired of today's culture of unbridled selfishness.
- Poetry: "Why Men Love Bitches"
I see an American Chinese immersed in coffee in left hand and a book on her lap. She raises the book with...
- The Ugly Face Of Internet Plagiarism - WeCite Busted!
A Pakistani ezine busted for mass plagiarism, including one article from Blogcritics.
- Cartoon: India - A Failed State of Affairs
The UPA Government completed three years but rising inflation and agrarian crisis have put a dampener on any plans for a celebration.
- Boob Talk – Going the Silicone Way
“India is at least 100 years behind in the regulations on this implantation."
- Shah Rukh Khan's Overseas Co-stars Reveal All
Steven Baker interviews Shah Rukh Khan's foreign co-stars.
- Audio Book Review: Class War: The Attack On Working People by Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky doing what he does best, unveiling grand corporate conspiracies and acts of government collusion and corruption.
- Poetry: Half-happy With India Turning Into a Trillion Dollar Economy
A poet's angst in a half-developed country.
- Movie Releases for June in India
Movies coming your way this June.
- Democracy and Violence: The Indian Paradox
In an atmosphere of intolerance, the essence of democracy is killed.
- 'Super 30' Rocks Again in IIT JEE '2007
A small group of desperately poor, talented students have made it into the IITs.
- The A-list of Indian Playback Singers
A list of personal favorites from the best Indian playback singers
- The Great Indian Brat
We make monkeys of our kids. Feed them all the junk and make the world listen to them singing Jack and Jill a zillion times
- TV Nostalgia: Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi
Was a very popular comedy
- Cartoon: General Injustice
Pakistan Government bans public demonstrations in Islamabad but will it be able to quell the political turmoil?
- Book Review: Frontline Pakistan
Part I - how to create a jihadi movement . Part II - how to fight your own creation
- Hijab Haute Couture or Burkha Barbies
Ludicrous conservative fashion and the Islamist revival in Malaysia
- Another Successful Use of the RTI Act
More usage will increase openess
- The Discussion Doctor: Syndromes, Symptoms and Succor
I racked my brains on what topic would constitute a good discussion and then I realized: the topic of "discussion" itself makes fertile ground forAditi Nadkarni
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- Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End
An incoherent, convoluted, over-plotted mishmash.
- Towards a Science-Aware Society
How science can overcome the naive intuitive theories.
- Movie Review: Aevdhese Aabhaal (Marathi)
Perhaps, as they say, art imitates life and there are no perfect answers.
- Blogging: Mainstream Media Develops Cold Feet
Bloggers are not over-opinionated irrational cribbers; many bloggers also give an utterly mature and completely rational explanation on their stand.
- The Culture of Unaccountability
If a nation's character is to be selfless, then you have the nation as the collective owner of all property.
- Watergate - The Unreported Story
Lost in all the myth-making was the fact that it was the US courts and the Congress that had played the crucial role, not the
- The Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007 Report Card
Not since Einstein came up with e=mc^2 has a more universal equation been coined: SRGMP – Reshammiya = 0
- Sunday Slug Fest: Anantha Murthy and Bhyrappa
A literary feud with political undertonesSandeep
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- Indian Railways: Clean Mumbai Locals
More bugs than humans inhabit Mumbai locals
- Movie Review: Goodbye Lenin!
Wolfgang Becker's ode to simulating reality captures the trials of a family during the era of the Fall of the Wall.
- Movie Review: Shakalaka Boom Boom
Different type of movie, could have done far more
- Dangerous Democracy and Fundamental Freedoms
Democracy can be a very dangerous thing if let loose in the hands of the majority.
- India and Bangladesh: Aam Border for the Aam Aadmi
Those of us who bemoan long immigration queues at airports should try out the experience of a land border crossing
- Turning a Blind Eye to Thuggism Because of Politics
Police told to avoid action during the Gujjar agitation in Delhi.
- Comic Detectives of India
And I don't mean "comic" as in "funny"
- Gujjars & Meenas - No Cast(e) Away This
Raje really has very few options. The funny part though is, there probably are no options to choose from either.
- Altruism and Homosexuality in India
With the moral code of altruism and the illegality of homosexuality, Indian gays and lesbians are forced to carry an unearned guilt.
- The Scoop
The wet stuff is a direct result of the gory stuff!
- In the Company of Friends: Bill Gates and Steve Jobs
A joint interview of Gates and Jobs - two of the biggest stalwarts of the computer industry - at the D5 conference
- Disease: The Old Scourges Return
Today’s children have never experienced the small pox vaccinator and of course small pox is eradicated.
- Dreaming with BRICs - the Myth of Free Trade and Free Markets
The Goldman Sachs recipe for growth and development is a clichéd prescription for disaster for emerging economies.
- Blame It On The Weather
Why Indians are lazy, why intelligence needs to be redefined and other crucial issues.
- TV Review: Prequel To The Grand Finale Of The Sopranos
Did the creator of The Sopranos manipulate us into suffering from Stockholm Syndrome?
- 1857: First War of Indian Independence? - Part I
My reading of history leads to very ambiguous sentiments regarding the very same events.
- Movie Review: Déjà vu
A problematic premise undermines bravura work from Denzel Washington.
- Caste Identity and Reservations
Recent Gurjjar agitation brings out no easy way out
- TV Nostalgia: Giant Robot
This show from the 1980s was very captivating for children
- Celerity In Celebrity
No wonder they get into the business of nosing in the celebrities' lives itself.
- Bangladesh: When the Caretaker Moves In
Is a country better off under a benevolent caretaker manager than a tyrannical democrat ?
- The Morality and Causes of Homosexuality
Homosexuality is certainly unnatural; however, in and of itself, homosexuality is amoral.Ergo
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- Book Review: Banker to the Poor
Poverty is something that future generations will learn about in a museum and get shocked at the lack of basic human dignity in the 20th
- TV Review: The Apprentice - Was Katie's Exit Staged?
Latest Apprentice shocker - who thinks it was a fake?
- 1857: First War of Indian Independence? - Part II
In this part we will take a look at events in Jhansi leading up to and during the revolt.
- Ode to 'RG', an Old-School Journalist
RG evoked respect from his peers
- Indian Democracy in Action
The democratically elected ruling party in Mumbai wishes to squelch free speech. Democracy is in action.
- BJP Idols - Political Poster Art in Rajasthan
India needs a Right of Centre political party. The BJP needs to figure out whether it wants to be that party
- Cartoon: Just Buy It
India Inc is on a merger and acquisition binge like never before!
- Save the Mangroves of Mumbai
The government is planning to relax the CRZ to appease the builders lobby
- A Goddess for Men. And Non-Men.
This is India. There's a goddess for just about everything. And everyone.
- 1857: First War of Indian Independence? - Part III
Rather than the ‘First War of Indian Independence’, what we should really celebrate in 2007 is the 150th anniversary of end of feudal India.
- A Critique of Tariq Ramadan's Advice on Islamist Ideology
The fact that Muslims as a whole need to join in proving to this tiny violent minority within them that terrorism is bad is not
- Reverse Mortgage in Health Care
Can reverse mortgage revolutionize health care ?
- Justine Henin - An Underrated Performer
Players like Justine Henin remained underrated even after reaching all four grandslam finals of 2006.
- Cartoon: Mobile Rule #06
Part of the Mobile Rules Series
- The Final Showdown : Federer vs Nadal
If performance in their respective semi-finals is any indication, Federer doesn't stand a chance against Nadal, but it's The Mighty Federer we are talking about.
- Movie Review: Do Anjaane - Relationships Found and Lost
What was interesting to me was the depiction of gender- and relationship-based expectations
- Inclusion or Welfare: Choices in Policy
In our attitude to the disabled and most other disadvantaged, we have been welfare driven rather than inclusion driven.
- Cartoon: G8 Hypocrisy
India and China are coming under increasing pressure to sign up to a mandatory limit on greenhouse gas emissions at the G8 summit in Germany.
- Book Review : It Happened In India
This book is the success story of an iconoclast and irreverent Indian entrepreneur.
- The 'Drunken' Political Leaders of Tamil Nadu?
Any political leader who confesses of having an occasional drinking habit in such a backdrop must be considered a true representative of the people of
- Nadal Wins French Open - Another Dream Shattered for Roger Federer
Nadal prevails and Federer again falls short for adding the only title missing to his tally.
- Needed: A Rightist, Secular, Libertarian National Party
Indian politics has been dominated by left of centre parties for too long now. We need a right of centre national party.
- Mind Your Language
You would think, having grown up learning Colonial English, I would have no problems fitting in with the Brits. Right?
- Price for Development: Our Trees
But no real alternative
- Cricket India: Graham Ford to BCCI - "No, Thank You!"
Indian cricket continues to entertain albeit in ways painful to those who love it most
- Movie Review: Aparachit - A Different Anti-Corruption Movie
Pretty slick though.
- Book Review: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
Haddon's experience in working with autistic children has certainly enabled him capture the innermost thoughts of the child very lucidly.
- Interview: Ravi Godse
A comedy about a doctor who went to film school to make a film about being a doctor
- Book Review: The Children of Húrin - The Craft of Mythmaking
Samanth Subramanian reviews JRR Tolkien's reconstructed "The Children of Húrin".
- Will Orkut Stay Put?
Curbs like these can certainly help in Orkut and other networking sites
- NRI Parents in the US: Life in Slow Motion
It took me a few visits to accept the fact that my grown up kith and kin have their own lives to lead.
- Uma Rao: The Intrepid Lady Sleuth
No series on detectives will be complete without a review of lady detectives (and I do not mean detective's ladies)
- The IIFA Awards: Not in Our Name
It is that time of the year again, when the diversity in unity in India is exposed.
- The Economics of Contentment
We need to recognise the good that exists in life, unrecognised and unlamented.
- Indian Cricket: BCCI Cops One Tight Slap
BCCI officials are wearing blinkers as dense as that sorry excuse they have for brains.
- Looking For The Lost Tribe Of Dreamers
Is it time for us to dream up a new world?
- Selecting the Indian President - Loyalty Above Pride
Will the Pride of the Nation will be surrendered to The Family Loyalty?
- Rest in Peace: Major-General Indar Jit Rikhye
It is our loss that men like Major-General I.J. Rikhye are so few on the ground
- Tennis: The 2007 Clay Season Round-Up
This year's masters series final were decided to be 3-setter than usual 5-setters.
- Finally, Tulsi Departs from the Serial
Well, actually, the actress Smriti Irani departs from KSBKBT.
- Book Review: S. L. Bhyrappa's Aavarana
A book review of S L Bhyrappa's "Aavarana" in Kannada.Sandeep
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- The Child Specialist from Chattisgarh
One would have thought that being a Child Specialist is a safe, selfless and innocent profession.
- Will This Monsoon Spell Disaster For Mumbai Once Again?
Now the question remains, will the kind of deluge that seemed to swallow Mumbai repeat itself this monsoon?
- What Women Want
Pigeonholed by women's magazines.
- India Offered Formula-1 in 2009
F-1 fans have news to cheer about, but can IOA turn this into reality?
- Visiting Mumbai Police
A trip to any of the Local Police Stations in Mumbai will surely help you realize how lucky you are not to be sitting in
- Short Story: Kalpit - A Love Story
A comic pseudo-love story!
- AFI: 100 years -100 movies
AFI celebrates the 10th anniversary of 100 years of movies
- Pratibha Patil - From "Who?" to "Madam President"?
It's hard for me to see her as an actual person.
- TV Review: Kahani Ghar Ghar ki - Finally a Conclusion
But such serials do not know when to end
- Movie Review: Jhoom Barabar Jhoom - Guilty Pleasure?
This plotless, have-fun-while-it-lasts flick actually elevates thematic vacuousness to the level of a virtue.
- The Cartelization of the Enviornment
The countries where the climate change is going to hit the most and the earliest have no voice at all
- The Culture Of Violence
Isn't there a violent component even in those of us who claim to love peace?
- Sivaji The Boss: Sudden Emergence of a Massive Film
Showcasing India's top star?
- Sethusamudram Project - The Frauds are Revealed
Foot in mouth time for the saffron brigade.
- Shedding Crocodile Tears for Pakistani Democracy
The Pakistani army needs American money and weapons to keep itself in power and feel confident to take on India
- Religious Hegemony and Human Rights
It is painful to see that the church is so concerned about the rights of the unborn that it is so totally insensitive to the
- Pushing the Limits of Speciesism
We live in a speciesist world where our morality is human-centric. But other animals are such close cousins of ours that we can make hybrids
- Book Review: The Penguin Book Of Gardening In India
Gardening book for newbies.
- Living through the Sivaji and Rajinikanth Mania in Chennai
The promise of success for the good that his movies provide are the intoxicant of the masses which sustains their sanity and provides hope and
- Movie Review: The Killer - Damaged Collateral
Listen carefully to the dialogues and you might walk away from this farce with a smile of satisfaction.
- WiTricity - Look Ma, No Wires!
WiTricity - or Wireless Electricity - might soon be a reality, as some researchers from MIT have shown.
- CBI Lets Off Quattrochi - Sloppy Behaviour
CBI is Central Bungling Institution.
- Pune BlogCamp : And Unorganized It Was
It’s never too easy to organize such events, so I will give some credit to the hosts of the Pune BlogCamp
- A Desi View of Father's Day
Fathers are heroes in the eyes of their children.
- The Presidential Election Gets Murkier
The next few days are bound to be interesting before the final election itself.
- Movie Review: Jhoom Barabar Jhoom
The film thankfully finally crawls towards an end, with the longest, most kitschy song sequence ever.
- European League Football Round-up: Summer 2007
The European football season varied from ever-dominance of ManU to a last minute win for Real Madrid
- Rights And Responsibilities
Contrary to the popular bromide, the practice of one's legitimate rights do not come with any responsibilities.
- Gandhi's Birthday Declared as International Non-Violence Day
What can ordinary Indians do to stop violence on that day?
- Heritage Buildings and Builder Flats
Instead of preserving our culture and history as living reminders from the past, we are busy conserving the present
- Same Sex Marriage in India: Everything is Fair in Love
This is, perhaps, the first time same sex marriage had taken place in the traditionally bound tribal society in India
- Software Review: Opera Mini
The Internet is all pervasive and at least in the "developed" parts of the world, embedded browsers make sense to access Internet.
- Doordarshan Nostalgia: Byomkesh Bakshi
Really liked the series.
- Seinfeld - Can Obnoxious People Be Lovable?
Why sitcoms featuring obnoxious people are popular.
- Protests Over Sir Salman Rushdie - The Artistic Criticism of Censorship
The expectation that there are sacred spaces and off-limit zones for art is somewhat peculiar and indefensible.
- Vinyl Tap: Brian Wilson
It was 1988, the dreaded year of the Kokomo. We were musical miles from cruisin’ to the hamburger stand now, or the columnated ruins domino...
- Being Brothers - Enter the Battle Ring!
How never ceasing fights between my brother and me have only brought us closer.
- Remembering Sholay - Ramgarh Revisited
A small town in Karnataka is not excited about Ram Gopal Varma's Sholay because people there were involved in the making of the original blockbuster
- Father's Day at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco
If the florist found me weird, she didn't show it. I must have been the only hotel guest who got away without tipping.
- A Cynic's View of Love - What's All the Hoopla About?
I am talking about the ultimate fantasy romance where two people just look into each others eyes and there is music in the air.
- Book Review: Uncle Tom's Cabin - Christianity, Humanity and Politics
For collecting slave histories and weaving them into a single, beautiful narrative, Stowe deserves to be read.
- Advertisement: When it Becomes Irrelevant
How the advertisements are becoming more and more suggestive...and irrelevant
- Economic Power or Military Superpower ?
Is it time that we rethink and redefine nationalism and what constitutes a strong country?
- Book Review: The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
When it was published, it was hailed as the greatest thing to happen in the Spanish-speaking world since Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude.
- Dalits Convert to Buddhism - Inaccuracies in Indian Media Reportage
Here is the puzzle - how many Dalits converted to Buddhism last Sunday in Mumbai?
- Book Review: The Geographer's Library by Jon Fasman
Priceless objects stolen in the 12th century, and a young reporter writing an obituary of an oddball history professor.
- Travel Review: The Delightful Lakshadweep Islands
Water sports and maritime pastimes - scuba, snorkeling, fishing, windsurfing, and water skiing.
- Free The Sex Workers - Let Them Sell Sex In Peace
Why is it a sin to sell sex?
- Friends and "Virtual Friends"
Will Orkut last like friendships do? Do edifices built on sand and largely cemented through scraps and hits survive?
- Chew on Free Market at Indian Restaurants
What struck me about this practice was that it was a simple but elegant expression of free market operations.
- Movie Review: Chain Kuli Ki Main Kuli
The kids behave like kids except for the one or two times that they get all philosophical and reflective on the adults.
- Indian Teen Performs C-Sec for the Record Books
To be the proud parents of the 'World's Youngest Surgeon', they veered off their Oath-sworn path and into the path of controversy.
- The Dimunition of Childhood
A whole generation of adolescents are fast tracking into adulthood.
- Take Two: Movies We Love - Vol. 2
Aspi, Deepti, Sakshi, Amrita and Beth bring you some of their favorite golden oldies
- A Refill in India and the Complexity of Food
The complexity of watching what you eat. The riches in the developed world spill onto the calories on the food shelves.
- Thierry Henry Quits Arsenal For FC Barcelona
Arsenal striker Thierry Henry confirms his transfer to FC Barcelona.
- Will India Have Another People's President?
It is the first time they have encountered a person so powerful - one power center finally becomes accessible to people.
- Ten Ways To Get Business When Bootstrapping A Startup
When you're bootstrapping your business, and don't have much in the way of funding, here's how you get leads and more.
- Do Indians Smile At Other Indians?
To each other on the street, we present a grim face.
- Demanding Respect At Gunpoint
Respect and adulation are always earned and can never ever be commanded.
- How You Judge Reform Depends Upon Where You Are Standing
The use of Islam as a terrorist ideology is causing governments, as well as liberal Muslims themselves, to push for reform.
- Fiction: The Root
She stared at the juicy white root that lay nuzzled in the moist darkness of the soil.
- Life, Fiction and the Monsoon
Fiction has a liberating effect. Like an umbrella lets you enjoy the monsoon, even as it shelters you all the while.
- Book Review: Backup & Recovery
Inexpensive backup solutions for open systems
- Book Review: What Happens After Dark?
Reading Haruki Murakami's "After Dark"
- NRI Parents Initiative: A Non-Starter?
I wonder what privacy concerns visiting NRI parents can have, particularly in the US where where they go unknown and unsung.
- Movie Review: Cheeni Kum - It's Different
A nice interesting movie
- Book Review: Understanding MySQL Internals
Discovering and improving a great database
- Macaulay's Apocryphal Quotation on India Debunked
Of British fabrications and historical analysis.
- Satire: What if Gangsters had Appraisals?
Like any good company, the underworld companies too have divisions with regional heads and their bosses and independent businesses to handle.
- The Dangers of Enforcing Moral Values
Should people be guided by law on what is moral, immoral, and what is proper behavior (virtuous behavior)?
- Gypsies: From Roma to Bollywood
Would it surprise you to know that they're of Indian descent?
- My Personal Pancham Favourites
A list of personal RD Burman favourites
- Book Review: The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte
A book about the world of booklovers and collectors with a book detective as the protagonist. Need anything more?
- Mayawati Declares Rs. 52 Crore Property Holdings
Such massive corruption!
- Movie Review: Michael Moore's Sicko and the Sick Health Care Industry
The documentary suffers from an over dose of optimism.
- Exposing "Purdah" - The Truth Behind the Veil
While purdah may have pre-dated the Mughals, it was almost certainly a result of Islamic invasions of India beginning 9th century
- Love Your Fat Nivea Style
"If only you'd lose weight you'd look so pretty." My mother's soft voice chided me on a long distance call and had me grinning.
- Himesh Reshammiya Caught In A Burqa At The Ajmer Shrine
Himesh Reshammiya caught in a burqa at the Ajmer shrine
- Vinod Joseph, Author Of Hitchhiker Live At Epic India
Epic India will be publishing one story weekly from Vinod Joseph's A Taste Of Kerala – Stories From Simhapara for ten weeks
- CIA Atrocities Documents - Media Silence on Indian Communist Activities
A CIA declassification reveals some shocking truths about Indian communists and their activities during the late 50s. And the India media is silent.
- Short Story: Whose Country is the US Anyway?
Based on true incident, a story where an African American speaks against mistreatment of a non-English speaking European,
- TV Review: Koffee With Karan and Madhuri Dixit
In recent years, leading ladies of Indian films have moved as far away as possible from being role models for the current generation.
- Kangana Ranaut Sets A New Record
It could also be a strategy to distract the audience from her substandard dialogue delivery on stage
- Fiction: The Elevator - Part One
"Goddamm piece of shit!" he muttered under his breath, but just loud enough for the man next to him to hear.
- The End of Non-Alignment and the New World Order
What does the invitation mean for India and for the non-aligned movement?
- Movie Review: Aap Kaa Surroor
Find better use for your time and money. HR satisfies as a bad actor. Most songs sound and look same. Absurd plot enhances boredom.
- Roping in Bollywood for Hillary Clinton Campaign?
I can’t see Shahrukh Khan or that Zinta girl campaigning for Hillary at community centres in the US suburbs and the gurudwara Sunday congregations.
- Mahesh Bhatt - Why the Bourgeois Hypocrisy?
Here's a man who belongs to the rare breed of people in the Indian Film Industry, who actually have the balls to speak out their
- The Curious Things About the Dera Sacha Sauda and the Sikhism Affair
Not a crime IMO.
- Google Claims Microsoft is Stifling Google Desktop Search
To put it simply, Google's allegations are baseless.
- Is Judiciary Really Independent of Electoral Politics?
Supreme Court's decision on school programs in Louisville and Seattle raises fascinating questions on the role of judiciary in a democracy.
- Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost
There is nothing one can do about them, I am repeatedly told, except look away or roll up my window
- Bad Parenting- Insensitivity and Indecency
The more I think about it the more I believe that the state of India – and all its ills are due to one single
- The Shackles of Our Answers
The question is: Is Sorrow Beautiful?
- The 2009 Indian General Elections: A Preview
The objective of writing this is to understand what each alliance needs to do to win in 2009.
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