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- Archives: July 2007
- Book Review: An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire by Arundhati Roy
A brilliant collection of essays that deal with empire and its consequences.
- NO to Prathibha Patil as President of India!
A scandal riddled person as my President? No way! Man or Woman, I want a clean person as the commander in chief.
- The Coming of the Monsoons
Invariably it makes you feel lonely amidst the million little droplets of rain. It makes you cry.
- UPA Presidential Candidate Causing Problems for Congress
Will the Congress re-consider?
- The Maker of Keys, and Other Migrant Stories
A look at Mumbai's migrant tradesmen, labourers, tea-sellers and errand boys.
- Why do Exit Polls Fail?
India, we know is nowhere near homogenous. In other words, higher or lower sample sizes will not alone solve the problem.
- Indian Surrogacy: Economic Opportunity or Blatant Exploitation?
Women choose to be surrogates for a number of reasons, but in India the primary motivating factor is money.
- Cartoon: US H-1B Protectionism
Any move to prohibit Indian companies from hiring H1B visa holders is "protectionist",” says NASSCOM.
- Cartoon: Exercise Your Right To Information
More about the power or RTI on www.parivartan.com
- Movie Review: Bheja Fry - Truly Enjoyable
Laughed a lot while watching this movie.
- Fiction: Horn OK Please
I couldn't believe I was making my driver feel bad when cars all around us were sounding random beeps.
- Uncertainty in Free Markets
Limited knowledge of and uncertainty in economic actions and ramifications is one of the greatest strengths of the free market.
- Minority Institutions: Examining the Foundations
What minority traditions are minority institutions perpetuating ?
- Restaurant Review: Indian Kitchen, An Indian Restaurant in Shanghai
I entered and felt the deviation from my expectations at first sight.
- Movie Review : Aap Kaa Surroor – The Real Love Story
Sadly Himesh has neither the looks nor the talent to be a 'Hero'.
- Hindu Reformation and Equality - Is It Too Much To Ask For?
There can be no Bharat which alienates such a large section of our own - isn’t this obvious?
- Are Banks Allowed to 'Kill' Customers?
If such a thing happened in a developed country, there would have been an outcry and legislators would be discussing this heatedly.
- Apple iPhone: Reality Distortion
I cannot crystal gaze but Jobs needs loads of marketing crap to sell the future versions in the Mac Expos.
- Cartoon: Presidential Puppet Show
Indian Presidential Elections nothing more than a joke!
- Religious Leaders: Unaccountable Power Centers
The position of religious leaders in a secular state is ambiguous.
- Watching Sivaji In Silicon Valley
No wonder, he still is the Boss, at least in the Tamil Film Industry !
- Tamil Actor Prashanth Stands Against a False Case of Section 498a
Prashanth's father, mother and sister were traumatized, when his wife filed a dowry case against them. Ultimately, they came out as winners.
- Unearthing Dirt - How Deep do we Dig?
How far into a person’s past should we dig till we hit some dirt?
- Something as Simple as Cleaning Drains
Can get complicated if in wrong useless hands.
- Book Review: Games Indians Play by V.Raghunathan
Can we get our act together and change, instead of cribbing that one of me cannot make a difference?
- Movie Review: Shootout At Lokhandwala A Cop Out?
The goosebumps stayed locked in the stories behind the dead faces; the stories that were left unexplored by this film
- Child Dies At Garuda Mall, Bangalore - Who Is To Be Blamed?
Are our malls death traps or are we to be blamed?
- Does Anger Serve A Purpose?
Make the most of your anger - it might help you.
- Cricket - The Gentleman's Game?
Is the phrase "A Gentleman's game" applicable to cricket today?
- Book Review: The Last Mughal by William Dalrymple
A poignant portrayal of the events that occurred in the city of Delhi during the Revolt of 1857.
- Young Couple Killed for Marrying in the Same 'Gotra'
Not the first or last time that something like this happened.
- The Indian Phone Addict
Why do we have this urge to pick up our phones no matter what we are doing?
- The Fiery Masala Of Female Sexuality: Mira Nair & Her Bold Female Protagonists
Mira Nair in her films brings a refreshing sense of power and liberation in her subtle depiction of female sensuality.
- Food Shortages: Will They Return?
Are we bringing back the specter of famine and food shortages ?
- Book Review: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Relationships and emotions are Khaled Hosseini’s forte and these are the dominant themes of A Thousand Splendid Suns.
- Buddha-Inspired Kitsch...
When is it ok for Westerners to appropriate Eastern images for so-called artistic purposes?
- Redefining Hinduism
And the task is so urgent, and so thankless that it can no longer be left to academics, experts and government-funded scholars
- The Thin Line Between Sanity and Madness
What makes a woman who belongs to a society where modesty is always held high resort to such an act?
- Green Card Applicants Resort to Gandhigiri
Skilled, legal non-immigrants in the US hit upon a unique way to get attention to their issues.
- Road Rage - The Fast Track to Death
Someone has to give in and allow life to flow. Or else, today’s death will be tonight’s breaking news.
- Movie Review: Bombay to Goa
Horrible, terrible, miserable waste of precious film stock.
- Indian Summer
Summertime in Chennai - the days that are no more.
- Malaysian Hindu Woman Tortured For Her Beliefs
"Because of their behavior, I loathe Islam even more now," she told reporters.
- Hindutva Explained
Post explaining my take on Hindutva.
- Politics without Borders
Borderless politics has arrived in the world.
- Girl Child Rises from the Grave
Is there a way to prevent such things from happening ?
- Cartoon: US Missile Chaos
"Iran is that way!" says Russia.
- Bhutan's Slow Transition to Democracy
The enlightened approach of the King of Bhutan to democratize the country through election processes is laudable needing global support
- Book Review: Phantoms in the Brain
A smooth journey through the vaguely understood areas of Neuroscience.
- Book Review: The Last Cato by Matilde Asensi
Non-readers of Dante (a.k.a. me), you will wish to get your hands on The Divine Comedy.
- Education: Arindam Chowdhury’s Paradigm
The rich have options;but the poor have only he option of joining the rat race
- Why Israel Should Talk To Hamas
What Israel wants to do is to string Fatah and Mamoud Abbas along, throw him some tax revenues, but do nothing at all to provide
- The New Seven Wonders of the World Announced and Live Earth Concerts Happen
The multi-channel event spanned across two years and covered much of the world in a frenetic quest for publicity.
- A Violated Privacy
Today privacy is a privilege available to only a privilegd few.
- Movie Review: 2001: A Space Odyssey - Incredible
With some delightful music, and excellent visuals, the movie is a treat to watch.
- Indian Authors and Books
A shortlist of books which seemed to figure in a number of lists.
- Fewer Babies Please!
Fewer children would increase the current per capita jncome by 35%.
- The Brighter Side Of Dyspepsia
Even a horrid thing like dyspepsia can do you some good
- Congress Gameplan for Muslim Quota in Andhra Pradesh
It is time that the Muslim community saw through such pretenses and favored people who actually work for their benefit.
- Muslim Youth Want Freedom of Education in India
The latest Deoband edict banning co-education makes the girl bristle."I am not going to allow anyone else to run my life,"
- The Ghazal - An Odd Sort of Poetry
It is hard to explain refined Urdu ghazals to overseas visitors. At times, it seems like self-indulgent mooning.
- Reconstructing Nalanda
Thoughts on the project to revive the Nalanda University.Sandeep
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- Indian Music Reality Shows and Success Factors
What makes them successful?
- Labelling our Countrymen
Labeling and classifying a human being is wrong. It does more harm than help. Always. Every time.
- Village Courts - Nyaya Panchayats vs. Gram Nyayalayas
The emphasis seems more on reducing the backlog of cases than making justice accessible to the poor.
- Book Review: Release It! Design & Deploy Production-ready Software
Design and deploy production-ready software
- India Joins Distinguished Club of Terror-Exporting Countries
Three of the UK attackers are Indian and Muslim. We cannot delude ourselves and take away their religion and nationality.
- Ambitious Plans for a World Class University in India
The plans for Vedanta University in India call for 7,500 acres of land to accommodate 100,000 students.
- Book Review: Train to Pakistan by Khushwant Singh
A story with the backdrop of Indian partition holocaust that displaced 20 million people and killed over a million.
- Movie Review: Ek Ruka Hua Faisla - An Excellent Movie
A must watch movie on a trial by jury.
- Independence and The Noble Citizen
The contribution of the sincere and silent worker as a citizen is not to be disdained.
- Book Review: Manage It! - - Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management
The book is definitely a useful guidance for the beginner as well as the experienced project manager professional.
- Making Oneself Heard - Stripping Down
Is this what some women across our nation actually have to resort to in order to get their ill-fated stories heard and taken seriously?
- The Naked Truth About Creativity
Creativity, at heart, is the spirit which helps us to meet life's challenges
- Lal Masjid - Pakistan's Blue Star?
Encourage the State to think in terms of policies and initiatives that are not derived from the Mosaic 'eye for an eye' policy.
- Funding the Idiot Channel
Why should the government funded broadcaster be running so many channels if nobody watches them?
- Book Review: Practical Packet Analysis
Using wireshark to solve real-world network problems
- The Courage To Lead Our Own Lives
What would happen to society if each of us found the courage to live according to our truth?
- Islam, Suicide Bombers, and the Glasgow Attack
This latest suicide attack leaves us no closer to answers to the global problem.
- President Kalam Lambasts Indian Political System
Our political system is rotten to the core, with corruption being stained throughout the system.
- Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The movie does justice to the funny yet dark book that is The Order of the Phoenix.
- Why Kapil Dev is Wrong and BCCI Correct
There is no doubt that holding positions in both the BCCI and the ICL is a conflict of interest
- Canada Day Celebrations in Ottawa
The best part about the entire celebrations was the patriotic feeling in people and the pride they felt for being Canadian.
- The Advantages of Reading Books - The Bookworm Speaks
bookworm talks about advantages of reading books
- The 'M' Word (Part 4) - The Dented Mentality
In the last few months, she has been Checked Out by over 30 prospective men.
- The Virtue of Intolerance
Notice how the good, the true, or the rational never requires toleration, it is only the opposite of these that do.
- Operation Save America Slams Hindu Prayers in US Senate
It's just that Christianity is the dominant religion of the Western world and hence a lot of it gets overlooked in the name of progress
- Health Care: The Third Sector
We should commend the mission hospitals and the non profit sector for all that they are doing.
- Wake Up To The Smell Of Coffee!
Having voiced my undying love for coffee, one would expect me to be an expert in areas relating to it.
- Playschool - Criteria for Selection
Mom at the brink of deciding play school for her kids
- IPC Section 498A and The Institution Of Marriage In India
I honestly want to know how many people really care more about the nation's divorce rates over their own happiness?
- Book Review: Blink: Malcolm Gladwell and Ayn Rand
How to make better snap judgments and distilled generalizations without going wildly off-target!
- Short Story: A Slow Death
She must’ve sinned, she thought: all those desires that she felt for Amin-they were sins.
- Banks Cannot Use Force to Recover Unpaid Loans, Says Court
Maybe this will push banks to be more strict about setting up a customer credit history board
- Indian Railways Catering Mis-management
What intrigues me is that railway caterers manage to serve meals so uniformly tasteless, every time
- Movie Review: Naqaab
Another brilliant concept flushed down the drain due to shabby treatment. Audience loses in war between comedy & suspense.
- Life and Death in Israel: Automobile Accidents
Life and death in Israel is about a whole lot more than what folks see or read about overseas.
- BCCI and the Indian Cricket League - Shuffling at the Crease
For the sake of the disenfranchised cricket fan though, it is imperative that the ICL gets a fair shot.
- Go Green - Reuse, Reduce, Recycle
Tips to recycle and conserve energy - save Planet Earth
- Mayawati's Land Grab and the Congress
Local leaders support her for continuing patronage
- Indian Doctor Charged Over UK Bomb Plot in Australia
This comes soon after earlier glimmers of hope for the family amidst media reports.
- Faith to Superstition: An Uncharted Journey
While faith rejuvenates and provides direction in life, superstitions’ only purpose is to hold you back in shackles.
- A Royal Huff and Puff
Elizabeth should count her lucky stars, it was the Beeb and not Star News
- The Cosmology of Shantaram and Gregory David Roberts
Clever Shantaram advocates a hippie cosmology for world peace; something he calls "The Quantum Leap."
- Doctors As Killers – God's Representatives on Earth?
They violated every law, ethic, principle, moral, feeling, emotion and rule about doctors not causing pain and suffering.
- How Irrelevant is Gandhi?
It is possible to disagree with every thing that Gandhi thought and taught and still accept that Gandhi was an iconic figure.
- Netas & their Court Cases
A simple idea to stop criminalisation of politics – Fast Track court cases of all elected representatives.
- Visiting the Newborn
Dos and don'ts of visiting the newborn
- Sicko: Stirring Quite a Pot
The laughter turns into stunned, silent grief as you watch story after story of tragic heartbreak unfold on the screen.
- The Strange Case of Dr. Mohammad Haneef
It is time to stand up for fellow Indians and ask the Australians to release Dr. Haneef immediately.
- Interview: Suhit Gosain - Indian Idol With "Attitude"
I will like to be defined as a cool guy with an attitude & my tag line would be I-can-do-it & Impossible-is-possible.
- Push for Reservations in the Private Sector
The Government really has no answers as to why they cannot take the required long term measures that will really benefit the people.
- Movie Review: Jhoom Barabar Jhoom - What a Waste
Could have been a good concept.
- Book Review: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
There are no superfluous subplots or irrelevant characters, and the momentum never slows down. And yes, it's a literary delight!
- Satire: Sham President Zindabad!
A satire about the current political situation in India.
- Bureaucratic Delay - Following the Whole Drill
Laws in our society we see plenty of. But every common man and woman would yearn to taste a bit of grace.
- The Marriage of Collectivism and Religion
The impotence of collectivism in offering a universal moral theory is compensated for by the dogmatic morality offered by religion.
- Reservations, Affirmative Action, and Corporate Responsibility
Indian Industry has to fulfill its obligation to either voluntarily embrace the concept of promoting backward classes or it could be enforced.
- Reservations: How Indian Industry Discriminates
Most Indian companies seem to further the discrimination in a very subtle and subconscious process.
- The Film Appreciation Course 2007 (FA) - Part 1: The Experience
Abstractness can be found in the simplest things and the most abstract movies can be described by a profound yet simple one-liner
- The Church's Long Journey
Can God be found in the cathedrals and basilicas as well as the ghats of Benares?
- SC Questions Government Reservation Policy in Commercial Contracts
Providing reservation in commercial contracts, what next?
- Bangalore BarCamp and Bloggers Meet Unplanned
Please do participate in as many of the upcoming events as you can.
- Harry Potter and the Artful Pirates
All eyes are trained on this weekend's release of the final book in the septet, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
- Movie Reviews: Death in Reign Over Me and The Hawk Is Dying
Is there beauty to be found in grief?
- Photo Essay: Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
A walking tour of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.
- Sexual Favors In Bollywood - The Sonu Nigam Allegations
If you ask me, I think by outing Mr. Jha’s alleged scheming tactics Sonu did the right thing.
- Muslim Law Board Wants to Roll Back Supreme Court Judgements
Social improvements conflict with Islamic law
- Breaking out of the Comfort Zone: From Exclusion to Embrace
One of the noblest traits that one can possess is to discern beauty in an alien culture.
- Ten Defining Moments of Independent India
Which 10 years do you think define 60 years of independent India, asks CNN-IBN. Here are my choices.
- Fear: How Not to be Scared of It
When we tell the insurgents we are leaving, we are telling them that they have won.
- Security Tips From Delhi Police - Don't Cook "Smelly" Food!
If people cannot eat what they want in their own house, we may as well trash all notions of being a multi-cultural, secular country.
- Us "Bra-Burning Harridans"
Unlike other issues which often don't have an immediate impact on men's lives, feminism shakes the foundations of family life.
- Patna and Pune: India's Most Dangerous Airports?
Which airport according to you is the scariest one in India?
- Movie Review: Bandini - Of Human Bondage
Bimal Roy's film is a sophisticated take on the nature of freedom.
- Gandhiji's Green Card
For in Gandhiji’ eyes, the methods are very important. But so are the motives.
- Manju Kapur's A Married Woman and the Politics of Neo-feminism
The adherent must believe that the current state of society is deficient and change is needed.
- Government Forex Reserves Fall by Rs 40680 crores in Six Months!
The reducing value of the dollar has increased the pressure on all central banks to do something about their reserves.
- Pratibha Patil and Women's Empowerment
It wouldn’t be far fetched to compare a woman president with the common women of India.
- Narendra Modi Can be Beaten
Forecast for the December election is - Congress-102, BJP-80
- No Smoking At Home - Go To Jail
A slew of measures being contemplated by the Health Minister
- A Terrorist In My Family
Can the use of force really solve the terrorist problem?
- A Debt-Ridden World
The stigma attached to debt has declined substantially. Consumerism is growing and the credit culture is here to stay.
- The Ethics, Morality And Politics Of Obesity
In some way we are all suffering from ‘sympathy fatigue’.
- The Progress of Indian Police Reform
Can we dare to hope for a better police force?
- Salman Khan Promotes Partner on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa
This concept of stars coming on TV to promote their movies has increased more prominently in the recent past
- Shall We Tell The President?
We're going to have a fun ride reading about her in the days to come.
- America - Fear is the Key
Maybe I'm being a tad uncharitable to our friends in the FBI.
- Book-Hunting in Cairo
A Scavenger-like hunt across Cairo's bookshops.
- Encounter on Mooker Nallamuthu Street
she looked up at me with vibrant gleam and coyly let me pass
- The Future of Iraq - Will it Fly Apart or Will the Center Hold?
Will Iraq fly apart at the seams or will the center hold?
- Osian's-Cinefan 2007: A Boring Start
Unfortunately, Babak Shirinsefat's film failed to live up to expectations.
- Why I Love the Bombay-Pune Highway
The temptation to get drenched in the waterfalls; to drink, to play, is irresistible. Sometimes you meet really interesting people.
- Movie Review: Ocean's Thirteen
Whoever said 13 was an unlucky number?
- Mysore Utsav: Initiative to Counter Sarkari Dasara?
Whether or not the threat of black flags impacts the utsav proceedings the flag-wavers can count on some TV coverage for themselves.
- Bangalore Bloggers Meet And the 'Blogaloreans'
This is the first formal attempt to form a professional community of bloggers in Bangalore.
- A Flawed Policy of Appeasement
Unfortunately even our appeasement policy is not fair - it is guided more by vote banks rather than justice.
- Bangalore Bloggers Meet Report
The Bangalore Bloggers Meet happened. And it ROCKED!
- Grand Prix of Europe 2007 Report
This was a must watch race, one of the best in recent years.
- And Another Goddess is Born
Walking through Matunga, I discovered a thousand year old story.
- Book Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
I know all the answers, yet can't wait to get back for a second read.
- Mayawati: How to Earn Rs 50 crores in 5 years
I am seriously considering a series on “How to earn Rs XYZ crores X years” focused on politicians
- Movie Review: Life in a Metro - Realistic Portrayal?
Too much focus on only one aspect of life in a metro.
- Finding Warli Where it Belongs
On my way to Mumbai's Kanheri Caves, I was very pleased to find, for the very first time, Warli art in its natural setting.
- Cartoon: President Who?
The Congress’s guilt is not so much about who they chose for the job as it is about how they trivialised it
- Theater Review: Five Point Someone by Madras Players
A review of Madras Players' production of Chetan Bhagat's Five Point Someone presented by Evam at Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore on Sat July 21.
- Bring the Maharaja Down to Earth
The Civil Aviation ministry would do well to take a cue from their Italian counterparts, and euthanize the ailing Maharajah once and for all.
- Being Shashi Means Never Having to Say Your Sari
More Proof of Shashi’s descent into a bloviating, pompous-ji
- Traditions and Anniversaries
We need traditions and practices that are birthed in the present but can grow with us into the future and prove to be effective guides
- Movie Review Partner: Govinda Aala Re!
On the whole, Partner is a fultoo-timepass with Govinda eating the sweeter part of the cake.
- Adventures Of Mahasahasrapramardini Namboodiripad: A Confused Desi In Bombay
Is it normal for people to pinch your bottom here? I mean, should one protest…I wasn’t sure what the system was.
- Book Review: The Principles of Beautiful Web Design
The book is an absolute delight to read with information which ranges from the obvious to the sometimes obscure but sensible.
- Elephant God Magic
Visiting Siddhi Vinayak is like going to a fair. Try it!
- Overly Documented Childhoods
A lot of posing and smiling to do for all of us eager over zealous adults who want to document their every smile, step, mannerism,
- Economics: The Pretence of Knowledge
Why economists do not understand India.
- Severus Snape, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The great question of the series, then, is what of Severus Snape's soul?
- Book Review: Letters to a Young Poet by Ranier Maria Rilke (trans. by Stephen Mitchell)
Unsurpassed in their importance to young poets.
- Kapil Dev Criticizes Sachin Tendulkar
Hitting a man when he is down or speaking plain facts?
- Looking for the Big B: Bollywood, Bachchan and Jessica Hines
Jessica Hines talks to Steven Baker on Amitabh Bachchan, the response to her book, and her notoriety in India.
- The Poetry Of Feminism... Or Vice Versa
This brand of feminism is reserved for those among us who find their periodic escape into the world of poetry
- Vodka With A Dash Of Diamonds
What prevents us from making better use of our creative talents?
- Infosys Acquires Philips' BPO Arm
The deal is pegged at $200 million.
- Book Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Savage Love
It's okay to expose our kids to graphic violence but god forbid if there is a hint of sex between Hermione and Ron.
- Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani Wasn't Always About Saans Bahu
As a little girl, the Udaan series gave me my lofty ambitions and later Fauji brought me a dimpled heartthrob to ogle at.
- Shilpa Shetty: You're Soaking in It
Everyone’s favorite mangalorean mami, now Dr. Shetty, has taken residence in balmy groves of Honorary Doctorship. Dr. Shilpa Shetty, I presume.
- Osian's-Cinefan 2007: Driving to Zigzigland
Basher says he looks forward to working in Bollywood films. And does an impromptu jig to prove he's a good candidate
- Movie Review: Naya Daur - Still Relevant
A 50 year old movie being released in color
- Mr. Nau Nihal Singh - When Actions Speak Louder Than Words
A hero to its truest form, that’s what Mr. Nau Nihal Singh is, to me and many others whoes lives he has touched.
- Movie Review: Namesake - NRI Film of the Year?
What happens to Ashoke and Ashima in the movie could happen to any NRI who sets up family in the U S.
- Osian's Cinefan 2007: Vivek Oberoi or Superstar?
If a nobody like Vivek Oberoi shows such nakhras, what will we do if Amitabh Bachchan or Shahrukh turn up
- Movie Review: Black Snake Moan
Whoever did the promotion for the film tried to make it seem like some weird "bondage/ sexual perversion" film.
- Movie Review: The Host
This one does not get away, rather, it is the fisherman that is the submarine monster's lunch.
- All Charges Dropped Against Dr. Haneef, Indian Doctor in Australia
He said two 'errors of fact' had been made by the prosecution, and took part responsibility.
- Dr. Haneef Cleared of Terror Charges
Today the Brisbane court dropped all charges against Dr Haneef and declared that he is not a terrorist.
- Raja Bhaiya, Power and Politics
If it is politics that kept him out of problems, it is politics that put him in serious problems.
- A Killer Smile Can Be So Disarming
As someone said to me once, it is the second best thing one can do with the lips.
- Man Convicted of Rape Solely on Girl's Testimony
Great scope for misuse
- Book Review : Ice Candy Man
A flashback on Partition on the eve of a shared 60th Anniversary of Independence from British Rule.Kim
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- Changing Portrayal of Women in ICICI Ads
Still unable to show need for insurance of the lady
- Mohammad Haneef - Terror Suspect Turned Celebrity
Now that we're jubilant Haneef has been absolved, let's show the same enthusiasm in bringing justice to our terror victims.
- Movie Preview: Gandhi, My Father
Could this be the movie to watch out for in an otherwise lackluster year?
- India Economic News Weekly Report, July 20-26th, 2007
Business and economics news demonstrating the vibrant growth in India.
- Tech Review: The Cowon D2 MP3 Player - No Flash In The Pan
That is a lot of features for a tiny player. The highlight of the product though is its battery life.
- Barcamp Bangalore 4, Day 1
A report on Day 1 of the Barcamp Bangalore 4, 2007
- SAARC: Need to Move Forward
I believe it is time we moved from symmetrical relationships to assymetric ones
- Ancient Assyrians Alive!
There are approximately 1.8 million Assyrians scattered around the globe, but mainly in Iraq, USA and Syria.
- Capitalist Money for Socialist Ideas!
Most funds for Public Sector Programs came from capitalists - United States and World Bank/IMF
- The Brighter Side Of Getting Older
Unlikely though it seems, getting older has some benefits
- The Philosophy of Indian Food - You Are What You Eat
As usual, we've reduced our great philosophies to superstition and ritual.
- Why, India? Questions About Coping Skills And Style
Quality of life is best improved by changing Coping Styles. This learning process is best done Online
- Domestic Violence Act - Two Perspectives
There is a need for the Act along with safeguards
- How India Looks At Itself - In Search of Achievements
Not limiting themselves to Indian villages, the Indian media is now looking for such gems from Indian Diaspora.
- Corporate Killings : How Selling Poison To The Naive And Gullible Goes Under The Garb Of Freedom Of Choice
Why not get the multi-million dollar cigarette industry to ‘cough up’ a few millions?
- Respect: A Neglected Virtue
For me respect, like politeness costs nothing but perhaps a seat on a crowded bus. It is a great enabler.
- Osian's-Cinefan 2007: Of Guards and Ushers
Would just love the look on Shahrukh Khan's face if a guard did this to him at the Osian's-Cinefan film festival.
- Imagining India, Imagining Indian Women
Before America elects its first female president, India will have a female Prime Minister, a female President AND a female Vice President
- Sanjay Dutt Sentencing Soon - Hopefully
Now whether his blue striped shirt and denim pants would help clean out the voodoo off him (and Bollywood), well only time will tell.
- The Glamour Quotient of Media Reportage
The Glamour quotient determines which story is worth chasing and which are starved due to neglect and apathy.
- Solving the World's Problems Through Soccer
Politics and Sports, When one doesn't work, why not try the other?
- Photo Essay: Moments from Bar Camp Bangalore 4 (BCB4)
Bar Camp Bangalore 4 (BCB4) has been the best and the biggest ever Bar Camp in India so far.
- Visiting the City of Joy
It's an uncanny experience being a tourist, being the unfamiliar, being the alien.
- Human Rights Groups: Soldiers of Liberty
Our freedom is often guarded by such unsung soldiers of liberty like the human rights groups.
- Anil Kumble: The Priceless Cog
He has been the ever- reliable bowler for India, throughout the last 17 years.
- Poetry: probing elephants
belief probing elephant in the dark / empathy waltzing with one-armed faith / to the orchestra of antipathy
- Munnabhai Goes to Jail? Sanjay Dutt Sentenced to Six Years
Munnabhai Goes to jail?
- Interview: Shiva Keshavan, India's Best Luger
At this young age, Keshavan's already a veteran - having taken part in three Winter Olympics and now preparing for his fourth at Vancouver 2010.
- Six Years in Prison For Sanjay Dutt
In the meantime, Dutt would be re-living his Central Jail days.
- Cultural Ambassadors
If they think the Ambi is so great, why did they go for some other make when deciding to buy a car?
- Bergman and Bhajiyas - An Unlikely Tribute
A small nostalgic trip into the past somewhat related to Bergman
- Munnabhai Goes to Jail
Sunjay Dutt’s crime was that he had stored an AK 56 rifle at his residence in the background of the '93 bomb blasts.
« June, 2007 || August, 2007 »
- Book Review: An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire by Arundhati Roy