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- Archives: October 2008
- When the Writer's Block Hits Hard
Have I really found my ass-kicking reason to write something? Well, I still don’t know.
- Mumbai Chronicles, Part 1
I am in Mumbai, the capital of 'spirits', 'fast life', 'high rentals', 'hype', sensex and Bollywood.
- Home Economics
When I grew up in the tight, socialistic 70's in India, I understood the value of a Rupee.
- Mumbai Chronicles, Part 2
When I moved to Mumbai, I was told about its fast life and professionalism.
- The Indian Constitution and Religion
With the recent on-going riots large in my troubled thoughts, I turned to what our Constitution actually says about religion.
- Book Review: The Future of Freedom
The elite chose their values over privilege and yet this choice helped in the decline of their values.
- Media and Politics
I may sound fundamentalist but still I will take the liberty and ask the ‘Softists’ how will they react if one of their kin
- Rape of a Catholic Nun - A Shocking Incident in Orissa
The Bajrang Dal and VHP are no different from the SIMI and Indian Mujahideen terrorist organizations - both aim to terrorize the society.
- Freedom of Speech
The right to freedom of speech is a special case of the right to freedom of action - the only right that man has
- Terror - Reality and Political Perspective
It is easy for any person to convert paranoid society into anarchists.
- Movie Review: Drona - Derivative and Pointless
The actors deliver a mostly superlative performance, unfortunately wasted.
- Tata Leaves West Bengal, Blames Mamta Banerjee
Not a good omen for Bengal's ability to attract business
- Rape victim uses RTI to get case moving
Using the RTI Act prods government employees to get moving
- I Too Am Hurt Dear Father
We would be better off if we nip in the bud the seeds of violence before they are sown
- Poessay: Timeless Queries
Life becomes a bed of roses traversed on strands of cobwebs lined with thorns in full sight of humanity.
- Wall Street - Cold, Flat, and Broke
Madam Defarge and the tumbrels were kept busy while heads rolled in the basket in a grisly fashion.
- Dress Code Hypocrisy At Indian Workplaces
Why are men forced to put up with these double standards?
- Book Review: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's August 1914
In the First World War, untrained Russian soldiers thrown into battle by criminal and idiotic generals were massacred.
And then you find the Brussels sprouts in your box.
- To Leave or Not To Leave
A waning love story with a lovely Indian city.
- Some Thoughts on Uri Avnery's "Manifest Destiny"
Uri Avnery's one saving grace is that he demands honesty. I don't agreew with the rest, but 100% agreement is found only in the
- Why Don’t we Get Help for Depression?
Indians live pretentious lives and pay a heavy price of trying to hide from reality.
- The American Financial Crisis — Dejà vu?
Is what’s happening on Wall Street giving us a sense of dejà vu? A peep into the future for the global middle class citizen!
- The Plan: Twelve Months to Renew Britain
The Plan is based on the assumption that the UK is in a bad shape.
- Poessay: Rosary 15 - The Drop
some drops for ever stand apart
- Why Not To Write
For such writers the road to self destruction for the sake of their work is predictable.
- Cops, Drug Smugglers, and Picturesque Himachal
Alongside Goa, Rajasthan and Himachal are fast becoming major transit areas for movement of drugs within and outside India.
- Greetings from Mount Baten
Today we have so many Nehrus and Gandhis of Tamil origin, since they are not aware of surnames.
- Bush Signs Nuclear Energy Deal With India
A deal that the Prime Minister staked his Government for
- Book Review: Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks
A brilliant litterateur tries to bond with the best of pulp fiction
- Sachin Tendulkar and World Records - The Longest Crawl
Do the new set of selectors have the guts to drop Sachin? Well, that's the question which begs to be answered.
- Mumbai Chronicles, Part -3
Apart from South Mumbai the big positive about Mumbai are the Auto rickshaw guys
- Movie Review: Happy Days - Romanticizing College Life
Can't college lives in movies have themes other than romance and politics?
- The Muslim World - A 'Neutral' View
Muslims are far more like us than the terrorists that many people associate them with
- poetry: coloraffectations
falling leaves have warmth: born-again zombies have none
- Pakistan's "Macabre" Economics vs. Micawber's Economics
The next world war (or its variation - "Clash of Civilizations") will not be won with bombs but by sheer economic expertise.
- Poverty - An Analysis
An analysis of poverty, its causes and the recent calls for action to eradicate it.
- Who Is An Intellectual?
Many of them appeared "stoned", for they had the capacity to stone wall any uncomfortable questions
- A Wave To The Microwave
Life expectancy is on a rise, despite the pesticides, despite the synthetic products, despite the hormones and yes, despite the microwave
- Pondicherry - The People Fight Back
Last week was a good one for democracy in Pondicherry.
- A Moratorium on Conversions: Who Decides?
They neither need the State nor upper caste religious leaders to tell them how to make their choices.
- US Supreme Court Refuses To Stay Troy Davis Execution
Life teaches you many lessons through example..I'm afraid I just don't understand this one
- Aravind Adiga’s Booker Prize - A Time for Introspection
Are we unduly critical of fellow-desis?
- India Shining Generation Wakes Up to Layoffs
Youngsters need to realize that layoffs are part and parcel of the glamour of working for a swanky corporation.
- Jet Airways Lay Off and Raj Thackeray's Tears
Raj Thackeray stands for the right of every Marathi who has been deprived of his/her rights in their own land.
- Kuzhali Manickaval Has Wings
"Insects Are Just Like You and Me Except Some of Them Have Wings" by is a book of tremendous imagination and beauty.
- Jet Airways Reverses Layoffs, Naresh Goyal Apologizes
Mr. Goyal apologized to the employees and indicated that the move might have been a hasty decision.
- When Desperation Overwhelms
Maybe if there were effective tools for them to use, they would not resort to violence
- Another Milestone For Tendulkar
Tendulkar's records are more than just personal records.
- Cricket Eclipsing Commonwealth Youth Games
Does the media or the rest of the nation know that there is a Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) going on in India?
- Indian Politicians And the Current Military Action in Sri Lanka
LTTE had been criticized for brain washing people to become suicide bombers, as well as forcing children to become soldiers.
- Fiction: Pink Slip Cover
By denying claims arising out of wars and God's act of natural disasters, insurers equate God with war mongers.
- Ganguly Goes With a Bang
Why do we Indians shy away from praise?
- Pobody is Nerfect
“wages of sin is death”, though we all know that death is the only certainty, whether one sins or not
- Book Review: Intellectual Property and Open Source
The book is as good a reference or as a read to fit an Intellectual Property within the appropriate legal framework.
- Flash Fiction: The Breakup
The beginning of the end is such a cliché!
- Movie Review: Drona
Drona is supposed to be a fantasy-film, but was nothing short of a nightmare!
- Congress Losing Ground
Forecasting has never been my forte, but then you don’t need to be an astrologer to see the obvious.
- Book Review: Three Cups of Tea
Mortensen’s inspiring chain of achievements were enough to spur me on to continue reading page after page.
- Fiction: The Glass Is Still Empty
I walked up to the refrigerator once again, for a sip, I noticed the glass on it. It was still empty.
- Poessay: Rosary 16: Ageless Quest - tishnagi
a vigorous pursuit / of flickering shadows dancing / with foggy apprehensions / to nature's cascading melody
- Fiction: It Ain't Easy!
For the love of god it ain't easy to deny the fruit of passion that drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden.
- Poetry: In My Disappearance
The world and its mechanics/Offer all its splendour and vacuum
- Bubbles and The Current Financial Crisis
Is there an end to the current financial bloodbath that is plaguing the world markets
- Expansion of IIMs - Credibility At Stake
Expanding IIMs introduces risk of IIMs losing credibility - one thing that they have always banked upon in the world
- Bush Administration: Mercifully, the End Is Near For His Lies And Deception
Words will not mollify nor ameliorate the suffering and death that has been caused by the policies of the Bush Administration
- Book Review: Sea of Poppies
With ‘Sea of Poppies’ Amitav Ghosh takes you on a journey that you will be glad to be part of.
- The Death of An Indian
The truth remains that he died because he was a North-East Indian
- Poessay: Takht, Takhta and Takhti
under the peepul tree, mat, breeze and takhti / not to forget the zee nib, ink and pot / now the a-c room, PC and
- Chandrayaan-I - Not A Waste of Money and Resources
There is an inherent lack of understanding amongst the people in India about the use and potential of technology to improve the well being of
- Chandrayaan-I: Money Down the Drain or Time to Celebrate?
How can you quantify the benefits and the advantages of being at the vanguard of space research and exploration?
- Indian Traffic Sense - Unity in Diversity
The British unified India and M.K. Gandhi taught us to defy laws through his civil disobedience movement.
- Machiavellian Fire Fighters
It is always better to blow up the problem and then get recognition for fire fighting than to nip it in the bud.
- Movie Review: Karzzzz
I wish Himesh would stop acting and concentrate only on his music.
- A Uniform Civil Code For India - Will It Happen In Our Lifetime?
Has the Kerala High Court given up hope of ever having a a uniform civil code implemented in India?
- A Jewel of a Controversy
I find the whole fracas about The Jewel of Medina, to be tiresome and as thrilling as a bad case of hives.
- Kashmiri Muslims and Their Choices
Ultimately, we are all responsible for the choices we make
- A Reviewer's Dilemma
Roger Ebert's 1 star review of Tru Loved would have become a controversy, but for his exemplary behavior.
- Suicide Note (4 Parts)
My poetry could not save her Neither the distance nor the knowledge
- Conversions, Sham Marriages and Organ Donations
Various distasteful matters can be perfectly legal!
- Book Review: The Art of Debugging
A good book in an area where interest is difficult to inculcate due to widely dispersed documentation.
- Book Review: The Other Side of Israel: My Journey Across the Jewish/Arab Divide by Susan Nathan
This book will make even the most committed Israel fan re-appraise his or her stand.
- Missionaries Have Little Impact on Indian Society
Enough has been said and shown on these pages that show what missionaries have been printing and saying about Hindus in our country.
- Who's Sane About Obama's Middle Name?
Not even Obama could truly denounce the subconscious link some Americans have forged.
- Book Review: Building Embedded Linux Systems
Concepts, techniques, tricks and traps
- Why the Kid Glove Treatment for Raj Thackeray?
Congress refuses to crack down
- Supreme Court Orders Police Officer To Compensate The Victim
In the more advanced nations, powers given to the police are exercisedwith responsibility and they can be prosecuted for excesses.
- Lost In The Republican Translation Of Joe Biden's Warning
Senator Biden's comment may unintentionally bear a hint of why America's international image has suffered through the past years.
- Poem: The Revolutionary's Tale
Let me be your magic, lend me your time
- Book Review: Refactoring SQL Applications
The book is a must have for the database practitioners and IT specialists working in this field.
- Sarah Palin - The Wardrobe Controversy
In these tough economic conditions where there is a problem with respect to consumer spending, such behavior can be a problem.
- Book Review: The Art of Black and White Photography
The Art of Black and White Photography is the first serious book I have read on photography.
- Tension between Sarah Palin and McCain's advisors
Looking beyond the 2008 election
- The Marathi Manoos - A Not So Difficult Poser
It will be a million dollar question how will the BJP justify the protest against MNS on the one hand and the cake-talk with the
- Poem: One Thousand and One Nights
Dispersed in the desert, within my remains, An old existence and its beginnings
- Poessay: Sea of Affliction and Omni Vincit Amor
Every inadvertent touch is euphoric, delirious, ecstatic, devouring, entrancing, rapturous, and transporting - transporting them to the distant stars.
- Polygamy: Why The Step-Motherly Treatment?
Whatever two consenting adults can do, three or more consenting adults should be able to.
- Photo Essay: Kabini
Kabini is a good weekend getaway for nature lovers and KJLR is a perfect place to stay.
- Colas and Religions
Both are useless, that's why they require powerful marketing strategies to thrive
- Poem: Swat
In there, lies the answer to our quest for brutality As the smoke arises from snows of purity The blood that flows in human rivers Amidst beautiful snow,
- Are Religious People More Charitable?
Not all's well with the slogan "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."
- Book Review: The Way We Will Be 50 Years From Today
There are a few essays that really should be the only ones they should have published - and boy, they're good.
- Book Review: The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer
Perfect continuation to a very good series. Or, perfect back-story to a very good series. It's a paradox.
- Medical Ignorance and Patient's Bliss
Ignorance could be bliss, at times in medicine too
- Balochistan (The Earthquake Poem)
I am beyond those limitations Of suffering and indifference
- poetry: coffee break persiflage
the heading says it all
- Fiction: A Delightful Old Lady
'It's so good to see someone from England,' the old woman told them.
- Terrorism All The Way
Nepal and Bangladesh have now established themselves as a safe heaven and a launching pad for carrying out anti-Indian activities. Illegal immigrants continue to enter
- The Office Spouse
Sometimes you can't stand them and you wonder how you'd get through the workplace madness without them!
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