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- Archives: November 2007
- Does Match-Fixing Still Plague Sub-Continental Cricket?
Reckless batting or burgeoning bank balances? Tough to make out; but raised eye brows? Aplenty!
- Movie Review: No Smoking - Arrogance Isn't Such a Bad Thing
Anurag Kashyap's phantasmagorical expression in the form of incongruous juxtaposition of surreal images that beat comprehension.
- One Star Out of Five, Anyone?
If you can rank posts on a 1-5 scale with a click, is there any point writing critical comments?
- Indian Government Refuses to Learn from Mistakes
While Sensex reaching 20,000 is celebrated the base of our country is being sucked dry by these maggots and termites.
- Mr. Rainbow: The Strange Ride of Sir Edwin Lutyens
"Rashtrapati Bhavan in Context: The Work of Sir Edwin Lutyens OM", up at the British Council until the 5th of November
- Book Review: The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Aliens, Inter Stellar travel and a book that boldly states: DON'T PANIC.
- When the Earth Trembles
Nature never gives us an intimation before sending in a storm, an earthquake or a wildfire
- Movie Review: No Smoking - Get High On This
At its heart an anarchist film. It wants you to question the established conventions and the compromises you’ve made to follow them.
- Satire: Left Takes All - 123
The Left swept the polls and got an absolute majority. That too, while contesting all alone without leaning on anybody’s support.
- India's Monkey Business
What is the solution to this overpopulation problem of monkeys?
- Poetry: India's Many-splendoured Colours
adaptability, survivalism, resiliency, progress and regression - the many faces of india
- Boycotts: Gandhiji’s Forgotten Weapon
it is easier to pick up stones and smash shop frontages than walk from village to village and educate people.
- Of Moral Courage and Principles: Whodunnit? in Pakistan
Men (and women) past their prime who had access to the corridors of power should shed their moral ambiguity.
- The Hearts and Minds Campaign in Kashmir
The population needs to see the army as their guardians, their elder brothers, their friends.
- Representative of the People
In public life, are some moderate levels of corruption preferable to absolute integrity combined with totally ineffective governance?
- Improving the US Capital Markets
The current capital markets structure where different regulators look after different bits of financial sectors is no longer appropriate.
- Emergency Imposed in Pakistan: Harbinger of Change or More of the Same?
The people in the streets would determine if this is more of the same or harbinger of real changes
- Taking a Flight
Everything comes to a standstill and I lose sense of time.
- Pakistan Arrive For India Cricket Series
The edge has gone out of the contest, because it happens so often.
- The Art of Procrastination
I not only postpone things but I also forget about them in totality.
- Movie Review: Jab We Met
Breaking the stale marriage between romance and tradition,yielding to the uninhibited friendship at the core of every lasting love affair.
- Macaulay's Legacy - Desi Racism
"We Indians love labels, don’t we? And I don’t mean Guccis and Pradas. I mean labels for people."
- An Unfailing Affair
The beauty of the river Ganga.
- Turkish Writer, Selin Tamtekin, Faces Criticism For Writing Diplomat's Daughter
Splashed on the front pages of at least four national newspapers, she was derided as a “high-class Mayfair prostitute”
- India's Stake in Pakistan's Return to Democracy
Pakistan's checkered history is that of a failed democratic state.
- Those Who Do, Blog
A vast majority of blogs, however, gets to be known mostly through the links in other blogs and the good old word-of-mouth communication.
- A Roof Above their Heads
There were the days of Judges like V.K.Krishna Iyer, when the Court was pro- poor and sensitive to their needs.
- Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Saawariya
Why do I have this serious apprehension that all of that is going to get lost between sets, songs and Ranbir's bottom.
- The Writer Speaks: Sachin Bhaumick on Hrishikesh Mukherjee, The Incomparable Babu Moshai
Sachin Bhaumick says Hrishi da never catered to formula films.
- Christian Terrorism in India
The Indian Government is quite happy to keep the terrorist low level pot boiling and keep it far away from the public eye.
- Microsoft Launches Xbox LIVE in India.
With online play, downloads and video chat, LIVE greatly enhances the Xbox experience for just about any kind of gamer.
- San Diego Fires, Chinese Smog and Desi Dung Patties
This was another contributor to global warming, and yes, an inconvenient truth.
- ICICI Bank Penalized For Violence By Collection Agents
ICIC bank penalized for employing thugs for repossession of a vehicle.
- Are Women Leaders Any Different?
If women bring more sensitivity to human needs then we ought to be having more women in leadership.
- Satire: You Can't Touch Me There!
That is the voice of the no-nonsense woman and when you hear that, you’ve got to run for cover!
- Qurratulain Hyder - End of an Era
Her death was not a run of the mill death of an old writer, but the death of a grand vision of a civilisation.
- Movie Review: Bhumika: The Role
From one of the best storytellers in Hindi Cinema, Shyam Benegal, this movie which was released exactly 30 years ago is a must-see.
- Women's mE-Powerment
Empowerment is "me-powerment" in disguise.
- Bangalore's Traffic Problem - Traffic Curbs or Autonomy?
Car rationing and vehicle ownership through auction may have worked wonders for Singapore.It works only in Singapore, though.
- The New Indian System of Nomenclature
If something sounds too Indian and phonetically longer than two syllables, you should convert it into the most convenient monosyllable.
- Fiction: An Experiment
Occasionally someone goes to try and persuade the man not to jump. He repeats his phrase, his wish, his despair-laden desire, resolute and unconvinced.
- The Joys Of Trekking
The mountains veiled in clouds, look so tempting; how can one sit at the foot of the hill?
- A Busy Week in Indian Cricket
More of the same about Cricket
- How Official is your Jargon?
I often wondered why that word is still doing the rounds like a beautiful, young teenager at a prom dance.
- Book Review: Losing my Virginity by Richard Branson
He claims he will do anything as long as it is fun to do so, and he seems to be living that way.
- The Monogamous Male?
Monogamy is a process of selective loss of virginity reducing the target demographic to exactly one person on a sustained basis.
- Movie Review: Saawariya
A simple story gets completely lost amid SLB's trademark larger-than-life scale and visual opulence that has no place in a tale like this.
- Recruitment Discrimination in India
I think the lesson for all of us is to get rid of prejudices and instead rely on facts of the case during recruitment.
- Ananda Coomaraswamy on Indian Education
The most visible wound of this is that we have to read our own literature in a foreign language.
- Who Is Your Daddy?
At this moment, there are few countries capable of intervening in situations which are either morally driven or large in magnitude.
- Harsh Mankad Returns and Ashutosh Singh Proves His Mettle
Mankad returns to tennis action after a year off due to knee injuries while Singh battles all the way to at an ITF event in
- That Suicidal Fart! - Dark Humor with Vanilla
And they agreed and offered me more drinks and I was all politeness as I declined.
- Movie Review: Bazaar(1982) and the Ghazal of Meer
In spite of a great star cast, this movie belongs to a category where music is the only high point.
- India Pakistan Third ODI at Kanpur: Batsmen Fashion Another Victory
Can questions be asked of our bowling coach? ODI pace bowling output has in fact declined during Venkatesh Prasad's tenure.
- Dying Bangalore
Bangalore is choking itself to death and there’s no help coming.
- The Ghost of National Security
The fact that the government put power politics before the welfare of the people is a sad thing.
- The Art of Sleeping
Drawing inspiration from the dark-ages, I muscled my way into the history of mankind.
- Poetry: ghazalesque
poor temporal's senseless ramblings and how / ghareeb temporal ki baataiN aisi kaisi
- In The Name of The Lord - Whose Lord?
Who's to say whose God is the best? And more to the point, why should it matter?
- Fiction: Red Tide Rising
One man's poison is another's medicine
- The Best Way to Stop Terror
Can we be smarter with identity politics to obviate terrorism before it starts?
- Movie Review: Om Shanti Om – Bandal To The Very End
Om Shanti Om is a full on bandal film to the last frame barring the very few exceptions.
- Gujarat - Punish the Guilty
Any one who disrupts the peace of the nation must be tried as a criminal without giving him a religious shade.
- Pakistan : Breaking The Cycle
The US Foreign policy is toying with the idea of supporting the Pakistani people as opposed to the Pakistani Government
- When Are Dead Bodies Sacrosanct?
If you do not like the display of bodies after death, can you use the bodies after death?
- Bollywood beats Hollywood - Om Shanti Om, Saawariya vs. Lions for Lambs
One swallow does not make a summer.
- Growing Lighter Through Reducing Clutter
Shedding weight easily! Easier than dealing with your body is to shed the extra weight from your house.
- Cricket Selectors - Muppets Headed by a Joker?
There seems to be a default view that the selectors are stupid and/or dishonest.
- Book Review: The Prithviwallahs by Shashi Kapoor, Deepa Gahlot
The first generation dreamed about the theatre, the second one gave a shape to the dream and the third gave it the wings.
- Fiction: The Hitman and The Girl
Actually, I spent more time taking care of her booty than my guns.
- White Water Rafting: What A Rush!
Freezing cold water and I am clad in a neoprene suit, about to go rafting. I am seriously nuts!
- My Experiments with Language: Three Sketches
A competent English teacher imposed on a 12-year old Malaprop helps lay the foundation for a well-grammar-ed future!
- Having a Whale of a Time in Wales!
The gang in the Volkswagen Golf got a free picture taken by the speed camera.
- Movie Review: Saawariya
A director’s endeavour to project on the screen what he sees in his mind’s eye when he reads a beautiful story-not all the way, unfortunately.
- Man Marries a Dog
Man Maries Dog - It is more of a union of two lives to take care of each other.
- Why I Am Upset With the Indian Media
Why I believe the Indian Media does not 'bite'?
- India and West Bengal - Changing Times
Let us all have the courage to protest against these power games.
- Fiction: If You Want To Persist
The hangar’s neck eclipsed honey’s mystique. Undying, eternal love swallowed by hangar’s neck.
- Philanthropists Wanted
As some one associated with the NGO sector, chasing funds is one of my responsibilities.
- Celebrity Endorsements - Genuine or Self Interest?
Without the presence of Page 3 personalities which media outlet would give any footage to non-profit organizations?
- Karnataka Chief Minister on Thanksgiving Rounds
Public perception of a close connect between spiritual leaders and the government is extra-constitutional.
- Thanks for the Miseries
Remember that old adage about being sad that you have no shoes until you saw someone who had no feet? Bullshit!
- Photo Essay: Locked in Seattle
A Seattle "locks and lakes" photo essay. But what's a lock?
- Movie Review: Om Shanti Om
While originality is not the film's strongest area, entertainment most definitely isAditi Nadkarni
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- Googlies: India-Pak Series, A Nervous Tendulkar and A Mis...Bah!
Tendulkar has missed six centuries in this year, after crossing the score of ninety. The jinx is in the drinks maybe.
- Will This Cyber Revolution Fly or Fizzle?
The media in Pakistan turned its guns on its benefactor. It spawned another cyber movement, this one led and aided by bloggers.
- Eighteen Years of Sachin Tendulkar
The youngster who faced up at Karachi on November 15, 1989 is today the greatest colossus of the One Day game.
- Interview: Rakhi Sawant, Entertainment Ki Rani (Part 1)
Meeting the lady in person was a wish – a wish which I knew would come true - how soon I couldn't possibly imagine.
- Why Apple Should Change Its Strategy Towards Java
Java makes a lot of sense for Apple and Sun, but will Apple do it?
- Movie Review : Children of Heaven
An Iranian movie portraying children as they are, innocent!
- Media Watch: The First Challenge For the Caretaker Government of Mian Mohammed Soomro
An independent fourth estate is the blood running in the vessels of the Judiciary, the Legislature and the Executive.
- Sashaying Through Champaign
Meal: 10 dollars. Drinks: 20 Dollars. Gas: 2.78 dollars. A full tank of gas to park the car: priceless.
- Movie Review: Om Shanti Om - A Time Pass Movie
OSO revolves around SRK and he successfully carries the movie on his shoulders till the very end.
- Spam Struck
"Would you like to add 8 inches or more to your penis?"Aditi Nadkarni
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- Cleanliness in Mumbai
We know that in addition to self-discipline, some amount of enforcement is also required.
- US Immigration - Making it Difficult For Legal Immigrants
If you had an ounce of common sense, what would you do?
- Satire: I'm Up For Sale on The Dowry Market
I didn't understand the economics behind the 2-3 crores coming in for the Skirts and the American accent.
- Book Review: Learning ASP.NET with AJAX
Know nothing about ASP.NET? Looking to get busy with it? This is a really good book to start with.
- Book Review: A Military Guide to Terrorism...
USA’s counter terrorism effort in the Global War against Terror is frankly creating more terrorists than it is stopping.
- The Perils of Unsafe Driving
I was flabbergasted to say the least, and the road was crowded enough that I could not do anything about it.
- India-Pakistan Encounters – Tale Of Diminishing Zeal?
There has been a lot of talk about how cricketing rivalry between the two arch-rivals has lost fervor.
- The Cyber Rebirth of Pak Tea House
The basic and fundamental postulate of the Progressive Writers Movement is the unity of art, use and beauty.
- Five Years at Work
A rumination on completing five years of my work-life at the same company where it all began.
- State Sponsored Violence in India and This Time it's the Left
A pox on both their houses, whether Gujarat or West Bengal!
- Movie Review: The Peaceful Warrior
It convinces without persuasion.
- The New Updated "Spamming 101" - Part I
Here's your look into the new, updated "How to Spam: Spamming for Beginners" course.
- Oil Spill in the Bay
We have begun to play "Pin the Tail" and trying to decide who should be blamed for the incident
- City of San Jose's Neighborhood Clean-up
Illegal dumping in city creeks are forcing cities such as San Jose to consider a pro-active approach
- This Site Is Not Yet Rated
Today I am fighting tooth and nail to keep my personal site going.
- Minorities and Poverty
Public policy should not be driven by blunt instruments such as skin colour.
- Contemporary Tamil Culture and Male Chauvinism
Globalisation has definitely caused a shift to occur in the mindsets of young Tamilians regarding female sexual behaviour.
- Next-Generation Networks - Where's the Vision?
If this is the future of one part of business, then what is the future of financial institutions, network providers,etc.?
- Political Nataka In Karnataka
A political turmoil brings out the worst and the meanest in the lead players.
The heavy scent of lilacs of the valley wrested control of my smelling senses and left me in a stupor.
- Anand Jon Alexander Indicted In New York
Anand Jon Alexander faces 40 indictment charges in New York
- Chess At Dupont Circle: Circles of Life
Chess is black and white / life is all gray / living red
- Interview : Entertainment Ki Rani, Rakhi Sawant (Part 2)
You actually have to watch her in person in order to experience the Rakhi Sawant dhamaka.
- UK Taxmen Lose Private Records: What's It Going To Cost?
What a bunch of imbeciles! Who are these idiots who run the government?
- India vs Pakistan - First Test: A Low Key Test Series on the Cards
Pakistan face an uphill struggle at the moment.
- Violence in Kolkata - The Battle For Bengal
Hardly any condemnation emanates from the mainstream media, liberals, intellectuals, or keepers of the society’s communal conscience.Sandeep
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- Is It Time to Review Bilingualism in Canada
How many Canadians can speak their mother tongue, forget read and write?
- Taslima Nasreen Leaves Kolkata: A Giant Defeat for Secularism
The biggest tragedy in this situation is that this country's moderate Muslims and Hindus remain silent - again.
- Tech Review: HP's Halo Video Conferencing
Even if I can replace 20% of that wastage, then I have gained 1 full working day in the office
- Is Omar Khadr A Child Soldier Or A Peace Lover?
Is he still a terrorist at heart or has he transformed to be a peace lover?
- Consumer Court Grants Protection to Company Fixed Deposit Holders
The company cannot claim to be sick and take the investors' money.
- The Most Viewed Pages on Wikipedia
At 69, Pornography comes ahead of George W. Bush at 70 who is ahead of The Beatles (71).
- Freedom, Taslima Nasreen, and the Ordinary Bangladeshi
Taslima's writing is at best mediocre but her spirit is that of a warrior
- Magazine Review: Almost Island - The Concept of the New
If you ever find yourself having this conversation, nod, smile and seek help. Then perhaps write about it in your sad, self-contained, readerless blog.
- What is Thanksgiving?
Each one of us can become a voice to others to encourage whatever talent we may have.
- India vs Pakistan - First Test: Day 2
Thanks to VVS and Dhoni, this is still India's Test match to win or lose.
- Poetry: Say NO to Thanksgiving!
One Turkey's Call.
- How Can We Resolve The Middle East Crisis?
No geographical dispute can be resolved through armed struggle and over five decades of conflict has left a generation living and running in fear.
- Bangalore Media: When Hard News Is Difficult To Come By
Surely, no government can generate ‘policy’ stories for the media on a daily basis.
- The Annapolis Peace Conference - Peace at Last?
Mother Teresa said, "If you want peace, go talk with your enemies, you don't make peace with your friends."
- Some More Thoughts on Immigration
If you do not have a points-based system, on what other basis would you let them in?
- India vs Pakistan - First Test: Day 3
The first session of day 4 will be crucial. The winner of that session will win the Test match.
- The New Updated "Spamming 101" - Part II
This is the part which will earn you money, and unlike mails from part I, often ends in "Spam" folder.
- Movie Review: Schindler's List (1993)
An incredible movie about despair, horror and great humanity
- Learning From Mistakes
Why doesn't the Pakistani Army learn from its mistakes?
- India-Pakistan Delhi Test - Day 4: Accidents & Averted Disasters
As we saw on the morning of Day 4, however, strange things are possible.
- The Indo-US Nuclear Deal: To Be or Not To Be?
Both sides of the Indian government and the nation's scientists have reservations regarding the conditions attached to this proposal,
- The Un-domestic Goddess?
So, who was she? A writer, a feminist, a domestic goddess, a careerperson?
- Christmas Beyond the Manger
The anti conversion laws have been termed anti constitutional by NCM as it violates the fundamental rights provided by Indian Constitution.
- Get Real, Arshad Warsi; This Isn’t Reality TV
Most people ignore it as public nuisance. Some hoot back at the racists, if it makes them feel any better.
- Delhi Test Match Review
It was in the end, a matter of the side which made fewer mistakes winning.
- Pakistan's Economic Monster – The Tarbela Dam
Pakistan has placed a lot of its eggs in one basket.
- The Orkut Chronicles - Part I
Ever got a scrap which said, "I want to make friendship with you"?
- The Non-BJP politicians and Taslima Nasreen
Stuck in a bad position between vote-banks and principles
- Shah Rukh Khan Marketing Strategies
As they say in Bollywood – “There is no such thing as bad publicity”.
- Empowering Those With Disabilities
Disabled persons do not need sympathy and all that they need is opportunities to actualize their full potentials.
- Taslima Nasrin, The Outcast
Quite fortunately, the secular Muslims in India have also condemned the outright idiocy of the Muslim extremists.
- Sein Myint : The Man with No Name
The question of identity is always an important one but perhaps more in the case of people who are stateless.
- The Right(Riot) to Write
I can understand protesting things with which you don't agree. But violence? Threats?
- Are Indians Still Indentured in Malaysia
As in almost all of its ex-colonies, the British created a mess when they left Malaysia in 1957.Sandeep
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- India to Canada: Bring Dollars Not Guns
Turning a blind eye to violent movement for political gains is against the fundamental values of Canada.
- What Should be Done With Taslima Nasrin?
When it comes to intolerance the people who understand their religion the least have the loudest voices.
- Coach Kirsten - Not Yet A Done Deal?
If they can do all this so well, why can't they get the part about conveying their message clearly right?
- Akshardham and Sonu Niigaam Symbolize Unity in Diversity
You walk in and very soon you start feeling the vibrations, and a sense of peace just embraces you.
- A Crater in My Mouth
The day is registered in my life as one of pain and remembrance.
- Islamic Lynch Mob Hounds Taslima Nasrin: In the Footsteps of the Prophet
Islam's terror against intellectuals critical of Islam was initiated by Prophet Muhammad.
- The Orkut Chronicles II
There are no more geeks left in this world, nor are there any regular, homely women
- Movie Review: Om Shanti Om - Not Quite Funny
They are the dawgs of globalization whereas Shah Rukh belongs in the 90’s discotheque Cindy Lauper generation.
- The Neglect of India's North-Eastern States
Aren’t principles of civil society, rule of law and intellectual thinking applicable to these states?
- The Return of the Roommates
When God was making human beings, he made two kinds — one whom you would call your friends and the other roommates.
- Guwahati Adivasi Tribal Violence - Where Are The Women of Action?
This barbaric incident needs to be condemned by the whole of India.
- Cricket, Murali and the Chucking Controversy
Murali's legacy however will forever be clouded by a "cheat" tag which he does not deserve.
- The High Definition Battle
The next generation DVD battle is upon us.
- Malaysian Waters Are Suddenly Muddy
The innocuous, almost ridiculous, demand for massive historical damages has smoldered into an international loss of face for Malaysia....
- Marry me for my Money
One thing I know is that dowry is still asked for.
- My $500 iPhone Paperweight from eBay
My iPhone dream remains unfulfilled.
- New Private Sector Banks - Potential Trouble Ahead?
New Private Sector Banks' numbers based on RBI's report on trend and progress of banking in India are not comforting
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