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- Archives: February 2009
- Sania Mirza & Mahesh Bhupathi Win Australian Open Mixed Doubles
The Indian tennis firmament seems to be shining brighter this year.
- Why Commitment Starts To Look Attractive
Being single means a whole lot of things to a whole lot of people (many of whom in my esteemed two-bit opinion shouldn't poke their
- An Open Letter to temporal
When dogs chase and bark at a moving car, it is prudent to drive on.
- Cultural Intolerance – The Young Need To Speak Up!
By trying to force their views down our throats, these groups are chipping away the very fabric on which our constitution and our country were
- A Limitation Of The Scientific Method
Scientists will do much better in their disciplines if they include meditation in their curriculum.
- Why Do Vice-Chancellors Fail At Aligarh Muslim University?
Why VC's dont work in AMU, some thoughts
- Sri Lanka-LTTE War: The Shifting Semantics of a Political Solution
More analysts are now making note that an Independant Tamil Eelam is now a political solution where as United Sri Lanka has become a military
- Love: A Short Story
"Oh, you have to love me?" Repeated Guruji with special emphasis on the word "have". "Don't you love your kid more?"
- The Grand Bailout
For an obese nation, eating humble pie may be the right diet for a healthy, wealthy life ahead
- Is Karnataka Turning into a Police State?
Are the cops entitled to do this? After all, the party was in a private property, not a public place.
- Iran Launches Indigenous Satellite
"Iran's presence in space with the aim of expanding monotheism, peace and justice has now been officially recorded in history."
- Photo Essay: St. Barts in London
A photoessay on St. Bartholomew's Church and Hospital in London
- MTV Roadies: Departure Of The Shrew
One thing is for sure, except for airheaded Paulami and the docile Samrat, the rest of the neurotic crowd is sure to provide us with
- A Different World Part III : Statesmen or Pygmies
The choice is stark - survival or conflagration and instability. Instability will breed further instability in the region.
- The Mangalore Pub Incident - Is Hindutva Responsible?
The pub attack was because of a clash of mindsets within India's social fabric that has very little to do with political affiliations.
- Fiction : Happy Divine Day
May our love be as pure and divine like that of heavenly beings.
- Nations Turn to Barter To Secure Food
Bartering is being used but is a hideous economic mechanism, filled with hidden pitfalls and costs
- The Desicritics Valentine's Day Contest - Celebrating Love
We will celebrate love in all its shades.
- Book Review: Down Memory Lane by Ravi Govender
An unforgettable narration of the Indian community’s resistance to alien laws, their sacrifices and finally their victory over all odds.
- How To Please Your Wife On Valentine's Day Despite The Recession
You don't have to buy her diamonds, gold, not even a single stemmed rose and yet she will be thrilled by your gift.
- Poornamadah Poornamidam - You Can't Give Love Away
This love is borne of wisdom, not of hormones.
- Novice Interpretation of Dreams
My dream was like a cardiologist's expression - "regularly irregular"
- Innovation - That Strange Mythical Animal
Everybody wants innovation, but managing innovation is very difficult. Some views on innovation in firms
- Two Intelligent Men
Two ex-Intelligence men are blogging, each so much different from the other.
- Chief Justice Comments on Misuse of Dowry Laws
A lot of this dowry expectation is now baked into society, and there do not seem to be any easy solutions.
- Love Remembered
My grandma put her hand against her mouth as she tried to control her laughter and I glimpsed the happy girl she had once been.
- Heard the Divine Music of Love Lately?
Suddenly, a vision from heaven steps in front of you, and divine music plays. But is she The One?
- Is China a Threat to Indian IT Outsourcing?
Can China really pull deals that are being outsourced to India? Where exactly does it stand in IT Outsourcing?
- Poetry: does it matter
how could i mention desani with the exalted ones? does it matter? will it matter?
- Territorial Extremism vs Religious Extremism
The sad & disgraceful thing with both forms of extremism is the loss of innocent lives.
- Human Cloning - The Clone Wars
Will a similar fate befall cloned humans?
- Is India Moving Towards A Civil War?
It seems to me that we are but few steps removed from a civil war ourselves.
- Ten Things That Never Happen in Desi Erotic Stories
These sites form a certain subculture of post-modern, post-Colonial Indian society, and deserve perhaps greater sociological analysis.
Zubeida, Silkscreen Print and Love Poem by Amitabh Mitra
Every pain in my heart that survives is love Broken thoughts and droughts have held me
- The 14th of February - Day Against Intolerance
let's change the rules.
- BAFTA Stays Predictable, Slumdog Millionaire Wins Seven Awards
When things become too predictable, it might time to shake them up a bit.
- Music Review: Trickbaby's Chor Bazaar
An Asian fusion band returns with a terrific sophomore CD
- Movie Review: Ramchand Pakistani
It is not every day that we hear the title of a revered Hindu god and Pakistani in the same sentence.Aditi Nadkarni
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- Fiction: Twists Of Love
He gave a restrained smile. He wasn't going to lay it all out in the open. Not yet. He had his dignity and he was,
- Movie Review : Anurag Kashyap's Dev D
Anurag Kashyap takes Sarat Chandra's Devdas head on, in a visually well-crafted movie.
- March Ahead
No one can satisfactorily explain why 'exams'?
- Analysing India's Defense Preparedness
Are we really prepared to fight a 21st century war?
- Butch, Not Gay
What do lesbians look like?
- A New 'Bond'
Ok, let me confess, I do have a childhood memory of Mr Bond, but it is of the slightly disturbing variety.
- Inaction of State Governments is a Great Concern for Civil Liberty
What matters the most is the responsibility of the concerned state government whenever any form of communalism erupts.
- The Pink Chaddi Brigade
The Pink Chaddi Campaign has caught the imagination of a large section of the nation
- Answering Some Questions To Fathers
A father tries to answer some questions that a mother askes.
- An Open Letter to President Obama on the Israel-Palestine Issue
To Save Israel, it must be made weak
Holden got up Wore the shirt Belted the pants
- Can the Suspension of Civil Rights Ever be Justified?
In certain situations, civil rights may need to be suspended for the greater good.
- So What Happens After Divorce?
What happens after divorce? Its the woman who loses in all ways generally.
- I Heart Pink Chaddis
Your security lies in your own hands because the government..er…gives a rat' arse about it.
- Changez - Alive in Pakistan
Pakistan, in many ways borders on contemporary democratic ideals, but remains a theocracy at heart, and at times colluding in conflict.
- Valentine's Day: Love Expressed On Desicritics
Love makes us pause and smell the roses, enjoy the caress or maybe for once realize that we have much to be grateful for no
- Valentine Day's Song - Let Them Sleep
A song dedicated to Pramod Mutalik on the occasion of Valentines Day
- Valentine's Day 2006
This could be the beginning of my new life, or it could be a colossal disaster.
- The Grand Bailout- Part 2
The Democrats in DC are lowering taxes while the Republicans in California are raising them
- In the Pink on Valentine's Day
A Supportive Hooray for the Pink Chaddi Campaign.
- Movie Review : Dev D, Cult To The Core
Its just a question of whether the sensibilities of such a film hit the right spot in your mind or not.
- Military Spending - You Scratch My Back, I'll Scratch Yours
What the hell are we doing floating the world's largest military tender at this time, with the global economy in recession?
- Happy Valentine's Day
Love Unconditionally - The motto for this V-Day.. So hug the moral policemen!
- India's Obama Envy - Not!
India, Obama, PM, President, US, New York Times, International Herald Tribune
- My Funny Valentine - Sweet Comic Valentine
None of my funny Valentines expect rings or a gift, much less a flower bouquet for Valentine's Day.
- Poessay: Rosary 25 – pink flamingos, yellow roses, dark clouds
moonlight cascades / through the fiery clouds / the benevolent fury / made in the first world / for the third
- Valentine, Schmalentine
"What's all this fuss about saving 'Indian culture', anyway?", she said.
Love is eternal, love is universal, love is God, love is also selflessness.
- You Cannot Adopt, You Are Too Fat
Why are adoptions so difficult for Asian people? and why do the social services make live so difficult?
- Big-ticket Cases - CBI Under Government Influence?
This is not something that Governments shirk from doing.
- Does the Quran Incite Violence? A Debate with Mike Ghouse, Part 1
Debate on whether Muslim clerics and militants are right in justifying their preaching of violence and acts of terrorism on a Quranic basis?
- Photo-Essay: Cooking up a Storm
a small photo essay on cooking gammon steaks
- Free Hugs: The Triumph of Love and Peace
A lot of the younger generation (read MY generation) eventually understood our purpose and came to us either to encourage us or to hug us.
- Misadjustments of a Rapid Economy
This is where the complexity of the rapid Economic development & the attached Cultural exposure surfaces.
- Global Warming More Severe Than Thought
Consequences likely to come faster than thought
- The Pursuit of Fun
It is not part of our culture - we definitely don't give it the same amount of importance as Americans do.
- Parking in Cairo
The parking problem in Cairo is so acute that some people ingeniously make a living out of it.
- What if the LTTE Had Won The War?
For most Heroes, ego is sacrosanct than principles
- Social Networking & Billu
In today’s world, it is not enough to be well educated or well qualified to go up the ladder, it is all about who you
- Kensei, The Dirty Cat
He was an affectionate little mutt and snuggled up easy in the crook of the arm but was a bag of bones.
- Satellites Colliding in Space
This crash may have been accidental, but what is to prevent countries from investing in such technologies?
- Frankenstein or Frankincense Crops?
What do you do for your country's food security? plant GM crops or go rent some farmland in another country? or both?
- Hugo Chavez Removes Term Limits - The Right to Keep on Going
It is not that Chavez is a do-gooder who is opposed by richer sections because he is a true democrat;
- The Most Important Moment of My Life
“Please daddy.” I said, and now those lines were on my forehead too.
- Does the Quran Incite Violence? A Debate with Mike Ghouse, Part 2
Are Muslim clerics and militants right in justifying their preaching of violence and acts of terrorism on a Quranic basis?
Did you know there is a Professional Association for Butchers which traces its history back more than 1000 years? I didnt...
- Singing Telemarketers Away
How to deal with pestering telemarketers
- Celebrating Love - The Desicritics Valentine's Day Contest Winners
What I found most surprising was this strong animosity toward Valentine's Day written about or felt by the authors.
- Movie Review: Slumdog Millionaire - Phir Bhi Dil Hai Filmistani
I doubt anyone going through the Indian education system could really, truly care about learning and knowing more.
- Fake Art - The Bane of the Art Industry
For most buyers and collectors, it is advisable not to purchase from shady art dealers
- Was Vanity Fair To Freida Pinto?
With a name like Vanity Fair, what were we expecting, inner beauty with brown skin?
- POGO, Kellogg's Special K, and Body Image Issues
Ma, You Are Fat!
- Shaleen Singh’s unusual poetry, Proprietary Pains
Shaleen Singh’s unusual poetry, Proprietary Pains
- Office Space
Pulling out your roots is so difficult (not to mention heart-wrenching) that I subconsciously decided not to put down roots again.
- How To Make A Small Fortune
My frustration with people who inherit ill-gotten gains and then waste it all. The case of the Nizam of Hyderabad.
- Book Review: Suite Francaise
Suite Francaise portrays French life under the Nazis.
- MTV Roadies: Bloodshed In Gandhinagar
Yeah, maintaining one's dignity has never been a wannabe Roadie's forte;)
- Hepatitis - In HIV's Long Shadow
Hepatitis B is more lethal than AIDS, claiming more lives in a day than the latter does in a year.
- Susmit Bose, A Maestro of Indo-English Music
Susmit Bose remains the foremost who started the Indo-English Music revolution in the country.
- Movie Review : Delhi 6
The old pathways still have a way of bonding antagonists that goes beyond recent ideologies.
- Beautiful, Beautiful India
A different perspective on foreign tourists' comments on India.
- Slumdog Takes Home The Millions And The Oscar!
A R Rahman's Oscar acceptance speech may very well be the answer to all the Slumdog haters out there.
- Meeting The Congressman For The Sri Lanka LTTE Crisis
Watching the human suffering and the brutality of the Sri Lankan forces for several weeks has finally thrust me to swing into action. Consultation with
- Oscars 2009: Slumdog Tops The Grade
Much of this allure is deliberately cultivated, of course, and given the large number of film awards events, one wonders why the Oscars should particularly
- BBB Inc. - With Bare Hands If Necessary
This wall is an artificial construct that needs to be brought down - with bare hands if necessary - one brick at a time.
- Burgers and Fries - Redux
Are you simply yearning to indulge your cravings for burgers and fries but are trying desperately to stick to a healthy diet?
- Movie Review: Delhi 6 (Dilli Chhe) - Aage Nahin, PEECHHE
Chhakke Chhuut Gaye
- My Two Cents to Jason Kenney, Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism
Don't just look for students with deep pockets, but those with deep knowledge.
- Art for Art's Sake
Must we read only literature and must we view only “deep” art ?
- Bloggers and Blogging Rights
Does blogging need regulation?
- The Crisis in Sri Lanka: Canada's Role
Do we have an appetite to see the world beyond Iraq and Afghanistan? If so, this could be Canada's moment.
- Poetry: Roadkill On Memory Lane
Did you ever hear the call of memory that screeching wail of nostalgia like tires on tar
- Sati In Chennai?
Self immolation has become a cultivated culture in Tamil Nadu
- What Does Slumdog Do For The Real Slumdogs In Dharavi
About 65 millions Indians live in slums, almost a quarter of the urban population and more than one third of Mumbai residents live in slums.
- The Healthcare Crisis, Part One
The final spoke is the consumer. This is where the biggest blame lies in the whole system.
- Women Assaulted In Bangalore For Wearing Jeans
Is it time we civilians began to bear arms?
- Dining with the Terrorists - Phil Rees in Sri Lanka
We want to convince the Tamil rebels and the Sri Lankan government to get to the negotiation table and resolve their grievances without violence and
- India's Post-Independence Fight For Freedom
Maybe we started taking our precious freedom for granted and needed to be reminded that we simply cannot.Aditi Nadkarni
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- Book Review : The Likeness
“The Likeness” is enticing – even if murder and a hint of the macabre isn’t your cup of tea.
- Movie Review: Siddhaarth – The Prisoner
A Spiritually Thrilling Drama
- Stephen Harper's Government Has Let Down the Tamils
Canada has played a destructive role in trying to initiate peace within Sri Lanka.
- poetry: Coward, Coward, Burning Bright
Chuddi, chuddi burning bright / In the forests of the night
- Self and Society
Given the complete lack of control that one has over one's life, what then is the meaning of life?
- Movie Review: Kisse Pyar Karoon – Time Pass Comedy
Keep your brains at home when you go to watch this flick.
- Godhra-Gujarat Seven Years Later
This smacks of double standards. Findings must be respected even if we do not agree with them: that is the basis of a mature democracy.
- Fiction: Burn After Viewing (NSFW)
He reminded himself for the tenth time not to fold the file. It held important photographs.
- To Censor Or Not: Bloggers’ Duties and Liabilities
DesiCritics should, in my opinion, pre-approve comments rather than than edit comments after they are made.
- Ram and Allah Will Stand United Against This
Different countries, different religions, different ideologies, different intensity, but the same issue.
- Irrfan 'The Mindblowing' Khan
Over the past 6 years he has done films across various genres and played so many memorable characters.
- Fiction: Matched Frequencies
Now she, the mother of a young daughter, was blushing like a school girl, who was in love for the first time.
- A Genocide Sri Lanka is Proud to Talk About on Camera
This is a shocking video.
- If You Have It, Show It!
Flaunting it if you have it is here to stay, be it private jets or ostentatious weddings.
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- Sania Mirza & Mahesh Bhupathi Win Australian Open Mixed Doubles