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- Archives: October 2007
- Munaf Patel - Is He a Victim of Cliche?
The Ranji Trophy could be Munaf's chance for a ticket to Australia.
- Remembering Hrishikesh Mukherjee; Timeless Stories that Warm the Heart
Kavita Chhibber shares her thoughts on her tribute to Hrishikesh Mukherjee on her webcast
- Hospitality, Delhi-Style
Mankind's long traditions of hospitality are still alive and kicking.
- Militants Killed in Kashmir Mosque
Unfortunately, the only solution for the country is to turf them out.
- Swat Buddha Under Threat From Islamists and Activist "Silence"
They said they will come back and finish the job as part of their religious duty!
- Burma - A Crumbling Palace of Glass
The Buddha Smiled explores why India supports the Myanmarese military junta, and why it should not get involved unilaterally
- Let's Talk About Sex - No, Thank You, We're Desi
For the most part, I also do not talk as freely about sex with many of my friends here in India.
- Easy win for Sania Mirza in Japan Open First Round
Mirza's toughest test would lie in the semifinals where she's seeded to play Maria Kirilenko (3) of Russia or Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano (5).
- The "Real" World is Changing into the 24/7 Virtual Universe
it seems that it is this virtual universe that people are increasingly learning to love and inhabit.
- The 'M' Word Part 5: Obsessed With Age
All I know is that even when I turn 28 or 35 I will definitely not rushing into anything that I am not sure off.
- Book Review: The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Idea Book
A cookbook on building robots with Lego's bestselling Mindstorms NXT kit proves to be an excellent intermediate text.
- A Few Thoughts On A Tolerant Society
Is it possible to create a tolerant and peaceful society? How do we go about it?
- Googlies: Australia stun India. Love and Betrayal of the Rain Gods
Like always, Indra works for his own profit first, and I guess Australian bookies paid him a bigger amount to keep the rain away.
- Book Review: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman
A book about an incredible man
- Gandhi Jayanti Musings: Bring Gandhi Down From the Pedestal
When people want to forget someone special, they set him up on a pedestal.
- A Ratings Method for ODI Cricket
This rating is proposed as an alternative to the ICC's rating, which I don't agree with.
- Book Review: The Coldest Winter - America and the Korea War
What is particularly poignant in the narrative is the helplessness of the people in the military command.
- Movie Review: Rocky (1976)
A great movie about a boxer utilizing the once chance given to him
- Banks and Money Lenders - Modern Leeches
What is the difference between and a Bankand a money lender ? Aren’t they both equally extortionist?
- Book Review: A Stranger in the Land (Jewish Identity Beyond Nationalism) by Daniel Cil Brecher
I recommend this book as an essential reading for anyone vaguely interested in understanding the genesis and complexity of Middle East conflict.
- Book Review: The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Mohsin Hamid's book points at the self-destructive tragedy of all fundamentalism
- Book Review: Bitter Sweets by Roopa Farooki
Bitter Sweets turns out to be one of the novels that have only "once read" value.Vivek Sharma
REVIEW | Culture: Books | Culture: Books - Fiction | Culture: Children | Culture: Desi | Culture: Family | Culture: Humor | Culture: Original Fiction | Culture: Relationships | Culture: Religion | Culture: Romance | Culture: Sex | Culture: Social Issues | Culture: Urban | Culture: The Writing Life | Culture: Women
- My Character Flaw
I have what amounts to a major character flaw. I care very little about my appearance.
- Interview: Dev Varman, NCAA Winner - Books Over Tennis, For Now
Surely, it is time for the NCAA champion to say goodbye to the University of Virginia and turn professional.
- Arranged Marriages - Too Good to Throw Away
This, strangely enough, is what people in the West are coming to realise, but its no easy matter for them to go against popular culture.
- Music Review: Havre de Grace, zerobridge
Their musical intensity and compositions are near-perfect, and deserve repeated listening.
- BAA - "Expensive and Disgusting Service Levels"
When the means becomes the news, then that means that it is failing in its primary purpose.
- Sunitha Rao In Second Round of USTA Tennis Classic at Troy
The Florida-based player, seeded seventh here, will face American Alexa Glatch for a place in the quarterfinals of the $50,000 ITF event.
- A Place to Sleep
My favorite place to sleep is the neighborhood park on a winter afternoon with a book to keep me company.
- Boycotting Beijing Olympics: Will Pressurising China Over Burma Help?
Should countries tell China that if it does not pressure Burma to open up, they will boycott the Beijing Olympics?
- Janki and Mansoor (Chapter 5)
Each chapter is complete short story in itself. Present chapter narrated by Suryakant Tripathi, who sheds some light on his own childhood and life.Vivek Sharma
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- Comparing Notebooks: Dell vs. HP vs. Sony vs. Others
Compares various notebook vendors for their pros and cons
- What Do We Expect of Indian Bowlers?
We are so used to mediocrity in bowling, that we don't know what to do with genuine quality when we see it.
- Delhi Gymkhana Club Elections: The Gentleman's Agreement
For a gentleman's agreement to work, there need to be gentlemen in existence in the first place.
- Book Review: Clouds in a Glass of Beer: Simple Experiments in Atmospheric Physics by Craig F. Bohren
Fascinating read for every science enthusiast.
- End Permanent Migration To West
Permanent migration should be completely banned except in cases of marriage
- Book Review: Never Surrender by Michael Dobbs
Reliving the tense days of 1940s with Churchill - his whims and doubts and with defeatist ministers and generals around
- Bopanna Fails to Make the Grade at ATP Stockholm
In the second round of qualifying on Sunday, Dutchman Peter Wessels ousted 'Bofors' Bopanna 7-5, 6-2 in the Swedish capital.
- A fresh look at Reservations and Quotas - PART II
Exploring suggestions and alternatives for another look at "reservations" and affirmative action
- How To Deal With Surveys
Some tips on how to deal with so many contradictory surveys making the rounds
- Miniature Paintings - Small is Beautiful
Collectors are fond of miniatures - they are small, intricate and colorful, and they allow a rich display even within a limited space.
- Down Melody Lane: Reconnecting with Music for the Soul through Hrishikesh Mukherjee films
It has been such a pleasure to revisit Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s life and work and do this segment on music from his films.
- The Fix-it Gang Take Over Chennai
Meet three youngsters who let their actions speak for themselves.
- Lucky Loser Tag Gets Bopanna into Stockholm Draw
Thanks to last minute withdrawals, Bopanna managed to get a main draw spot at ATP Stockholm despite losing in the qualifiers.
- Inzamam Ul Haq Retires: Farewell to a Great Batsman
For Inzamam Ul Haq, batting in international cricket was like a stroll in the park.
- Poetry: by the water
reality and illusion whirling shadow to shadow
- Googlies: India beat Australia in Fourth ODI at Chandigarh
A great artist thrives not on the instant roar of laughter, but on a memory that his performances stamp on those watching.
- Sunita Williams, Potato Chips, and Space Research
Why not look into ourselves for inspiration, rather than at outer space?
- Politics in Pakistan: Beating the Same Tabla But Still No Guinness Record
Jagjit Singh Batalvi tapped his way into the record books, fingering his tabla for a fifth straight day.temporal
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- Even Luck Deserts Bopanna at ATP Stockholm
Entering the main draw of the tournament as a lucky loser, Bopanna seems to have choked against his higher-ranked opponent.
- My Top Five Personalized RSS Portals
Pageflakes has all that I possibly need!
- The Bell Curve and Its Relevance to India
Working towards a higher average IQ is the most significant investment we can make today.
- What Happened To Parmanand Mishra?
What about those struggles which do not catch the media's attention - Where do they go to make their voices heard?
- Golden Anniversary of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged
Mumbai celebrates the 50th anniversary of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.
- Burma Needs To Fight For Its Own Freedom
An internal revolution, which needs litres of blood to be shed and hundreds and thousands to die.
- Leander Paes Makes Winning Return to ATP Tour
After a first round defeat at the US Open last month, Paes and Martin Damm found their winning ways at Vienna on Tueday.
- Reality TV: Not So Real After All?
Reality television: is the end in sight?
- Being Gay in India
Most gays in India either live in the closet all their lives or caricature themselves along extreme homosexual traits.
- Chi-X - The New Sneaky European Exchange
It has been very sneaky, and has managed to attract trading away from the big boys.
- Sreesanth, Indian Cricket’s Enfant Terrible
Enfant terrible of Indian cricket, S Sreesanth, his erratic on-field behavior has purists worried.
- Monetary Policy - What Will the RBI and the Fed Do?
Is October 31 the right time to cut interest rates?
- Two Flawed Views of Hinduism
The larger aspect involved here is more than hurt sentiments; it concerns preserving India’s cultural heritage.
- The Woman, the Witch and the Goddess
On the real and imaginary wonders of the feminine
- The Ashera - The Latest in Indulgence
What happens to the kittens that don't come out with their stripes and spots in the advertised places?
- India Should Host an Annual Paganfest
Who wouldn't want to listen to a good Prakrit punk rock number praising Soma?
- Politics In the Name of God
Does that imply that the faith of Hinduism is open to questioning whereas other religions with relatively less followers are untouchable?
- Are Men Becoming Victims of Dowry Abuse?
It seems India's decadent dowry system is in the process of making a landmark turn to come around to bite the male of the species.
- Islam vs European Secularism in European Court Ruling
Universal principles of human rights, secularism and liberal traditions of democracy demand that the State does not take sides,
- Are Excellence and Elitism Synonymous?
In any society that promises and strives to be egalitarian, elitism can be glorified as a badge of honor.
- Five Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes
Life is sometimes ambiguous and change makes it all the more so.
- Plagiarism In The Pakistani Blogosphere
A popular Pakistan blog The Pakistani Spectator copies an editorial from the national English daily Dawn.
- Dalton Mcguinty Makes History in Ontario Elections
A decent, low profile politician makes history
- Vision Quest With the Author of Soul on Fire
In Peter's personal quest for Truth, he could not confine to the narrow definition of being an Episcopal Priest.
- Continuity or Change - The Dilemma of Governance
Ultimately neither change nor does continuity contributes to progress but some sort of controlled socio-political anarchy does.
- When The Fence Eats The Crop
When those that are meant to protect end up being the ones who harm, where should one go next?
- Photo Essay: Perfume-Crazy
I've often seen little bottles of kewra in Mumbai. But until recently, I didn't know where the perfume came from.
- Living Through an Accident
The moment of truth brightens everything as the curtain of life flutters in a mad frenzy.
- Globalising Mysore Dasara
People don’t talk of Dasara without a mention of Mysore. But how many make it their destination when they plan their Dasara holidays;
- Book Review: Designing Web Navigation
An excellent, well researched text tackles the subject of web application flow
- Short Fiction - Studio 14
Ever wonder how your nightmares are made?
- When the Sensex Betrayed Sachin
A small peek into the journey of the two Indian obsessions.
- The 2007-08 Cricket Season - Update
The first skirmishes of the 2007-08 cricket season are nearly over.
- Scary Khan And The Saawariya Edge
Though I doubt the acting capabilities of many filmy sons and daughters, Ranbir and Sonam compel me to think otherwise
- Book Review: Shashi Tharoor’s The Elephant, the Tiger, and the Cell Phone: The Emerging 21st- Century Power
Brand India's Ambassador looks at Ganesh, Cellphones, and Tigers
- Will the India-US Nuclear Deal be Signed? Part I
There is no doubt that the deal will be signed and made operational and that too while Congress is still in power.
- The India-US Nuclear Deal - Part II - The Right To Test
India needs this deal, not just for N-power, but to end the technology isolation and to have wider markets for our services and goods too.
- Book Review: A Day in Spring by Ciril Kosmač
if it was relevant to Yugoslavians in 1950s, it is even more relevant to young nation of Slovenia now.
- E-governance - Will it Reduce Corruption?
E-governance is small today but even so, the ways it has begun making its presence felt are significant.
- Paes, Bopanna and Sunitha Rao Impress This Week
It's been a reasonably good week for Indian tennis but not for Sania Mirza.
- India: Going Nowhere Fast
India is squandering its Twenty First Century economic opportunity with its mid-Twentieth Century mindset.
- The Moon Sighting Controversy: Should Muslims Really Have One Eid?
Eid is being celebrated across the Muslim world on three different days. Should we have it one day instead?
- Thoughts On Inzamam ul Haq's Retirement From Test Cricket
Inzi may have left the world cricketing stage, but the mark he has made on it can never be forgotten.
- Movie Review: Shivaji, the Boss
For the next week we went tapping on our heads like Shivaji, the Boss!!
- Robbed by SMS
A quick introspection of SMS contests
- Who Will Listen to Para's Silent Screams?
It is ironic that in a state with a woman as Chief Minister, the women had to organise a "dharna" to be heard?
- Poll Campaign In Japan Without Drums and Morchas
Electioneering in India is a noisy affair while in Japan it is a methodical, quiet affair.
- Ajmer Blasts - The Lamp Continues to Illuminate
How could the enemies of peace target a shrine that is above the Muslim/Hindu and other formal identities?
- Congress Capitulates to Left over Nuclear Deal
The bigger problem with the apparent government capitulation to the left over the nuclear deal is that the credibility of the government is shot.
- India Loses Cricket Series: Bowling Flops Again
Poor fast bowling has become a habit, and hence has ceased to be "poor." That is why India loses...
- Poetry: sepia dreams - yeh hota hay
...and the surroundings remain parched
- The Bygone Days Of Ramleela
Memories around the Ramleela days
- Dasara, Mysore, & Green Activism
It may be that anti-Chamalapura agitators do not see an issue in Dasara lightings, as I do. Or perhaps, they have an issue with nerves,
- Sunitha Rao Falls at Final Hurdle in ITF San Francisco Tennis Classic
The loss was a disappointing one for Rao but it was still her best result for 2007 - gaining her 25 valuable WTA points.
- Too Hot to Handle
When I first failed her, I was a twenty-year-old confused intellectual.
- Interview: Pakistani Poet, Sahar Rizvi
Streets of Karachi suddenly seem to travel with you as you relate to her pangs in the separation of two beautiful countries speaking the same
- Indian Fast Food Advertisements May Require Warnings
If we classify French fries as junk food, we should also do the same for the roadside chili bajis, pav bhaji, or even the humble
- What if Turkish Forces Went Into Northern Iraq?
This is not going to be a good step for Turkey to take.
- Book Review: The Devil's Wind, Nana Saheb's Story, Events in the Indian Mutiny of 1857 by Manohar Malgaonkar
The story of Nana Saheb and his true role in the fight for Indian independence from British colonialism has been told in the truest sense.
- Book Review: Ganesha Goes to Lunch by Kamla K. Kapur
Myths by their very nature appeal to the heroic, and the virtuous elements of our being.
- Quick Exit for Sania Mirza from Zurich Open
It was Mirza's second opening-round ouster in as many weeks - having also lost to Argentine Gisela Dulko at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.
- Book Review: The Key By Junichiro Tanizaki
The book is a splendid take on the way early 20th century Japan was and the changes it went through post the Second World War.
- Hrishikesh Mukherjee: Kuch Dil Ne Kaha (The Heart Speaks)
For me, the most moving experience has been the fact that people speak of Hrishi-da with so much love.
- The Indian Fairness Obsession
Media and Indian society's obsession with "fair skin."
- Rama in Tamil Tradition
The Sangam corpus is typically used as a reliable source for a lot of historical information about Tamil Nadu.
- Tech Review: Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon
Everything seems to be configured for end user convenience.
- Indian Stock Markets Suspended As Market Crashes
The international investment community may get scared off India in particular and emerging markets in general by such a move.
- Poetry: where do you go to my lovely
She must have been articulate and she must have been charming too.
- James Watson Claims Race Determines Intelligence
The presumption that every human being is equally intelligent or able is not correct.
- Book Review: Textures of Time: Writing History in South India
A fascinating exploration of historiographical traditions of South India
- Rajesh Khanna – Missing the Babu Mushai Days.
Today this very actor lives nothing but a pitiful life.
- Desicritic Mayank Soofi Makes Waves All Over
Blogger Soofi comes out as a skillful interviewer, drawing out well-known people to disclose value-adding trivia about their life-story.
- Book Review: John Wright's Indian Summers
Wright offers the most nuanced view of Indian Cricket in this decade.
- Fiction: Loose Ends
You see the first thread start to pull and you think it should hold.
- Modern Pakistan & Musharraf's Liberalism
Pseudo-liberal factions like to argue that Musharraf alone is the answer to all of Pakistan’s problems, this isn’t true.Zainub Razvi
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- India v Australia ODI Series Review
India have done well despite the defeat.
- Bomb Attack on Benazir Bhutto's Convoy, Over Hundred Dead
Benazir was made aware of serious threats against her return. Was she wise to ignore them?
- India's National Anthem: Jana Gana Mana – Care to Stand Up?
Nationalism is a species that has lost its essence and now borders on extinction.
- Reddy, My Mean Machine
Somehow buying a secondhand vehicle does not reflect well on one’s image and social position in the eyes of the society.
- Movie Review: Speed
Style, smart one-liners, engaging plot-all missing! A sleep-of-the-seat non-thriller. Only saving grace-action choreography
- Why Do Gorgeous Girls Marry Messed up Guys?
Is it universal or just restricted to my insignificant circle of people?
- France At A Crossroads
First challenge for the new French president.
- Gen-Next - Preparing For Marriage
What is the advice you think should be given to newly wed girls? Do they really need it?
- The Consistency of French Foreign Policy
All elements of its intelligentsia subscribe to France’s foreign policy, so it does not alter, given changes of its president or prime minister.
- Injury-hit Sania Mirza Cuts Short 2007 Tennis Season
India's number singles player will not be playing any more in 2007 because of a strained abductor muscle.
- Tennis News: Stephen Amritraj, Ashutosh Shine This Week
The big names of Indian tennis couldn't weave much magic in tournaments this week.
- Karachi Diary: Life Moves On After Deadly Friday Blasts
After the deadly blasts on Friday, life is slowly moving on in Karachi.
- Cricket: The New Cruel Rule
The front foot no ball law needs to be revisited urgently....
- Bobby Jindal Elected Governor of Louisiana
Many have seen the current election as a replay of the last one, with the benefit of hindsight.
- Bobby Jindal, First Indian-American Governor in United States
Bobby Jindal, born of Punjabi immigrants, has become governor-elect of Louisiana.
- James Watson Vs. Howard Gardner - What Does Intelligence Mean?
Isn't it time for us to take a look at the true meaning of intelligence?
- Crowd Behaviour at Mumbai Wankhede Stadium - Disgraceful
The Indian cricket board, ironically based in Mumbai, would do well to keep Mumbai off the cricketing calendar for sometime.
- Entrepreneurship Rates and Countries
I read this very very interesting article in the Economist which made me go Hmm. The...
- The Repercussions of Untamed Anger
Being the recipient of someone’s anger is never easy and to lash back is an instinctive reaction.
- Mysore Dussehra: Thank God, it's over
The point here is, my niece was denied admission even after compliance with the handbag ban.
- Book Review: The Testament by John Grisham - Defining a Missionary
Reverberating through every page of The Testament is the fragrant underlining of the fact that goodness lies in every life.
- Movie Review: Mozhi - Hype Kills the Movie
But that isn't to say that this is a bad movie. It is still a must watch.
- What To Look For In A Stock - Investment Advice from Gurus
It is critical to follow basics while investing in stocks. Mathematical and financial wizardry can only take you so far!
- The Director’s Cut - Where Reel Meets the Real: The Genius of Hrishikesh Mukherjee
I’m told that most superstars never talked money with Hrishi da.
- The Working Poor - Just Another Day In Their Life
The fact is that what happened to this family is something that I am sure happens all the time to the poor, in this country
- Book Review: Tin Fish by Sudeep Chakravarty
Sudeep Chakravarty’s book Tin Fish tells us what we have always known. The days of school are the wonder years.
- Cobra Attack Helicopters To Fight Terrorism in Pakistan
The idea that these helicopters are for counter-terrorism is a dreadful mistake.
- Music, Web 2.0, and YOU
How the web 2.0 revolution has changed music production.
- Nine Days of Festivals
A photo-essay on Navrathri and Dussehra
- Accused Policemen of Connaught Place Shootout Get Life in Prison
Policemen are not empowered to kill people in cold blood.
- Book Review: Scandal by Shusaku Endo
The book reflects Edo’s tussle with his faith and also the lack of responsibility he felt towards his readers.
- Reverse Mortgage Loan - A Quick Review
I would be very hesitant in pushing this kind of mortgages. One has to remember very carefully what this means.
- Rural Poor March on New Delhi Demanding Land Reform
The same corruption, the same ignorance and same mindless consumerism has taken hold.
- Travel Review: Why I Love Goa
Why I can't get Goa out of my mind
- Book Review: Chowringhee by Sankar
Chowringhee is a memorable book with characters that will stay with you long after the book has been put down.
- New Movie Releases: No Smoking and Jab We Met
Here’s a look at the two films (what’s good and what’s not) pitted against each other in this week’s Box-Office battle.
- Gujarat Pogroms Exposed in India
Those who support these bastards are equally heinous and pathetic.
- Cox & Queens: At The Annual Chennai M&B Regatta
The delighted Madras Houz girls were happy with their trophies. 'Wish they had given us free membership to go with that, though!'
- Book Review - High Performance Web Sites: Essential Knowledge for Front-End Engineers
This book is very useful and essential to improve the performance of your web site from the frond-end perspective.
- Excessive Nationalism and Blurring of Local Identities
India’s strength lies not in its excessive nationalism, but in its ability to tolerate and respect local identities.
- Book Reading Statistics in the USA
58% of the US adult population never reads another book after high school. Shocking?
- Poetry: smoke signals
have we have come a long way since smoke signals and pigeon couriers?
- Karan Rastogi Back in Action in Delhi Next Month
News of Rastogi's comeback should please fans of Indian tennis, which has seen many of its stars fall prey to injury this year.
- Narendra Modi and the Tehelka Expose
Are the BJP and VHP “activists” interviewed on camera also Congress toadies?
- JD(S) Turns 180 degrees, to Support BJP in Karnataka
Why should one be surprised about politics ?
- Another Case of a Girl Refusing Marriage Because of Dowry
How to get rid of the dowry menace?
- When God is Replaced by a Terrorist!
People do not learn and, I am afraid, religious houses are just too attractive a target.
- The New Age - Why It Didn't Really Take Off
Why the New Age movement has been unable to keep its promise of transformation
- Reinventing Nilgiri's Media
As a community media initiative The Local is the best thing that has happened to Nilgiris in a long time.
- End of the Internet Cafe Age in Delhi?
Not sure about the exact reasons why!
- The Rizwanur Rehman - Priyanka Todi Love Story
It is sad and painful that a young man meet his end under such tragic circumstances.
- Bobby Jindal and the Whiteness Syndrome
Deeper analysis indicates that Jindal's victory is a textbook example of America's "whiteness syndrome" in action
- Forgetting History: Delhi’s “Iron Pillar”
The history behind the mistakenly named "Delhi Iron Pillar"
- Lest We Forget: Godhra February 27, 2002
Godhra must be the focus whenever the riots are discussed, for without Godhra there would be no riots.
- Boston Red Sox are 2007 World Series Champions
Being a baseball fan overseas is no easy feat
- Family Violence and Abuse - I
Indian Society shrugs off its duty to correct abusive women, and expects the men to do this job for the society.
- Movie Review: Jab We Met
If you’re in the mood for a well executed romantic comedy, then this is the movie for you
- Is This How You Treat Your Gods?
Visarjan remnants are nothing but earth, water, fire and air, do not ascribe emotions to them
- Cricket - Learning from the Australians
Aspiring to be like the Australian Cricket team is futile.
- The Emergency (1975-77): Indian Media's Shameful Era
When officials at the top level are tight-lipped, reporters tap contacts lower down in the official hierarchy, hoping for a possible lead.
- Movie Review: Jab We Met
Impressive performances make ordinary story look good due to a few hilarious scenes & a few emotionally charged ones
- Interview with Suchitra Vijayan: Lines of Grey and Social Change Through Photography
Grey remains grey when its colour spectrum is inverted, and therefore has no opposite and alternately is its own opposite.
- Minority Speak
The minorities have this need that they need to deal with; the need to make known that they are loyal.
- BlogWorld & New Media Expo - Blogs Go Mainstream
Be a part of this comprehensive blogging convention, the BlogWorld & New Media Expo.
- Indian Railways - Whose Legacy?
India’s trains are a shining legacy of the British Raj, a track record of which they can be proud.
- Deciphering A Mixed Message
Going beyond the confusion and doubt created by a mixed message
- Movie Review: No Smoking – Only For Zombies
Yes, it’s a “hatke” film but the problem here is that it is so “hatke” that audience (if any's left) ka dimaag satak jayega.
- The Film Appreciation Course 2007 - Part 2: The Movies
There was a lot more to the course than just the movies.
- Rahul Dravid - Cornering The Wall
Rahul Dravid has always been known as the team man, who gave his all to Indian Cricket.
- In My Wildest Dreams
Here is my reality: I've never been part of the majority. I am an Indian Muslim and a brown person living in the West.
- Book Review: One Way To Pakistan
The lack of freedom suffered by both men and women is brought to the forefront by the author, whether they are rich or poor.
- What Can the Karnataka Governor do?
Past judgments by the Supreme Court have severely bound the hands and feet of the Governor.
- 'Politically Motivated' Arguments
One can evade almost any incriminating evidence using one sentence – ‘politically motivated’.
- Age Discrimination Laws - We Will Not Go Quietly Into The Night
People of my generation seem to have got it bad.
- An Uneven Balance
I find it impossible to go the distance to a mere recreation of a festival that feels meaningless without the cultural and social context.
- Crime and Punishment
The route of peace and reconciliation seems to have been abandoned and all one hears of are deaths and killings.
- Timbaktu, Here I Come!
Towards a fusion of the material and the spiritual.
- Mothers Who Die And Wives Who Fast
Marriage is our highest calling, and family, motherhood and “ma” are sacred archetypes.
- Violence and the State
The establishment thinks then that by terrorizing people, the grip of the state would be strengthened but the opposite happens
- Death on a Train
We were left with the thought ‘what might have been’.
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- Munaf Patel - Is He a Victim of Cliche?