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- Archives: January 2010
- A Few of My Favourites For 2009
A book and a film that remain with me in 2010
- Where Does "Control" Figure in Your Parenting Style?
When I first became a parent, I thought I could control all aspects of bringing up my child.
- Should China Have Executed A British National?
Signs of a changing world order.
- Jihad and the Indian Home Minister
The Indian Minister's pronouncements on Jihad were not strictly accurate...
- Book Review: Practical Intrusion Analysis
Prevention and Detection for the Twenty-First Century
- Photo Essay: Baker Street Underground Station
A photo essay on Barker Street, perhaps one of the oldest underground railway stations in the world.
- Nawwab and I: Invisible Chastity Belts
And with good marketing campaign you can sell it to both men and women.
- The Tree of Wishes
A book review of a book on the search for a book
- Life Lessons From an Autowallah
After all this time in India, my greatest takeaway was not found in the advertising firm I'm working at, but plucked off the dusty streets
- Google Says - Next Us with Nexus
Google's Nexus One announcement is even more significant given the timing.
- Photo Essay: The Victoria and Albert Museum, London
A Photo Essay on the Victoria and Albert Museum in London
- Freedom of Speech or Responsibility to Do No Harm?
What is more important - our right to freedom of speech or our responsibility to cause no harm
- Stupid Stupid Stupid - Album Launch Gig
Language, accent, instruments, voice intonations are all things that we respond to first out of familiarity and only later from real appreciation.
- Game Review: Farmville
The game has become part of my daily routine.
- Sporting Comebacks - They Came Back, Saw and Conquered
It was a treat for the eyes and as remarkable a comeback as Capriati's.
- Nation on a Platter
How Bengali cuisine has changed over the past couple of hundred years based upon different pressures
- Book Review: Sepia Leaves by Amandeep Sandhu
An insightful read into a child's mind...
- Aman ki Asha: Now Why Didn't We Think of That!
The new people-to-people Indo-Pak peace initiative seems a good idea -- and one that strikes me as vaguely familiar.
- Siviwe, Poems of Mdantsane
there is no more the bush war nor the beatings....
- Book Review: What Men Think About Sex - Guilt-Reading
I hate it when writers pull stunts like that, making a book sound like something else in its title.
- It Takes Intelligence to Review & Deliver Intelligence
A review of an intelligence review policy paper which is creating waves
- Alexander The Great And Diogenes
"If I were not Alexander, I should wish to be Diogenes."
- The Hypocrisy in Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
Patriotism is most welcome from news channels. But if the media needs to broadcast respectful news stories, it needs to shed its hypocrisy.
- BRIC Economics - Peering Into The Future
Predictions are powerful because when they are made by influential people they become self-fulfilling prophecie
- Photo Essay: Dakshnineshwar Kali Temple, Kolkata
The journey was a varied ones, passing through many versions of India, from colonial buildings to modern crowded streets.
- Travel: Hike on Eastern Simatai, Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China at Simatai is the steepest and one of the most beautiful sections of wall. The last time it was renovated
- Grooming Starts in a Barber's Shop
My son was mentored to own up his hair-cut, from as young as 10 years of age.
- Book Review: Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
A simple yet superb book on how checklists can dramatically improve medical practice.
- Women’s Reservation Bill: Denying Citizens Rights to Contest in Elections
Men will lose their choice to contest in elections and democracy will be crippled, if the constitution is amended.
- Eclipsing the Eclipse
Solar and Lunar eclipses are usual occurrences and so also the controversies surrounding it.
- Earthquake Strikes Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Killing Thousands
Disaster strikes a land that needs no further disasters to strike
- Casual Racism in Advertising
Skin lightening creams are nothing but a thin manifestation of racism.
- Senile Sena Ails Maharashtra
If the assembly elections last year were anything to go by, the Shiv Sena's decline, along with the aging of Bal Thackeray looks more inevitable
- Poem: The Cancer Boy
Never met him, Never knew The pain he carried The little boy In his body
- Movie Review: 3 Idiots
It was natural, soft and last but not least touching.
- The Haiti Earthquake - Do Your Part for Relief
Our World, Your Move - In Haiti
- Fiction: Rockstar
I’ve just discovered a kink in my sexual make-up.
- Solar Eclipse and the Haiti Earthquake
Question is the essence behind scientific discoveries, if brushed aside could become counterproductive to science.
- China - No More Gimmicks
In recent days, a lot of voices are being heard warning about the Chinese Bubble.
- Making Universities Independent Makes Them More Productive
Let my universities go, paraphrasing old man Moses.
- A Desi Guy's First Days in Uncle Sam's Land
At times, it seems I just came a day ago, and at times it seems ages have passed!
- Photo Essay: Victoria and Albert Museum, Part II
Books, sculpture and stairs at the Victoria and Albert Museum
- Jyoti Basu, Grand Communist, Dies at 95
His legacy extends beyond strikes and industrial inaction.
- The Auschwitz Album
Old photographs of Auschwitz Concentration Camp.
- Photo Essay: Sunset at Covent Garden, London
A photo essay on the interplay of the setting sun and Covent Garden in London
- The World Awakens to China
These seem to point to a new belligerent attitude of the Chinese who are ready to flex their muscles to indicate that they have arrived
- IdeaArt: Rose Garden
A discarded shirt becomes a personal art (and style) statement - here's how.
- Book Review: The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets
I highly recommend this Bloodaxe anthology for its reach and range, and for a comprehensive and erudite introduction to Indian poetry in English.
- China - Censored Growth
China is certainly miles ahead economically and militarily, but India and Indians have their hearts in place.
- Travel Review: Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp, Cauvery
We spotted our first crocodile sunning itself on one of the river rocks within a few minutes into our arrival at the Camp
- The White Male Effect
White males are less risk averse than others, that has implications on all of us
- Software Review: Seesmic Look - Twitter For The Masses
This does not translate to ubiquity but does increase the curiousness factor
- Hope For Haiti
please call 1-877-99-HAITI, and if you are overseas please visit www.hopeforhaitinow.org. Give what you can
- Concert Review: Dischordian + Gillian Grassi - Cafe Goa
The neighbors are complaining. You wouldn’t think an acoustic band could make much noise. But apparently we can.
- Poem: Walking With Wordsworth
The lands we have traversed Different and diverse, Strange and beautiful, in arrival The long walks and drama
- poetry: singin' the same songs
a wall of fire to contain
- TV Review: Colors Bingo Fails to Click
To put it baldly, Colors Bingo is the worst, most ill-conceived poorly produced product-promo show ever on television
- Photo Essay: A Quiet Stream Flowing Through Snow
A photo essay of a small stream in London
- The Writer In The Artist Spectrum
Are we reclusive visual artists or are we vivacious performers?
- Book Review: Looking East To Look West - Lee Kuan Yew's Mission India
The India-Singapore Story.
- Book Review: Holmes of the Raj
Holmes of the Raj is a good book in many ways, some of which will be evident only to true Sherlockians, as we fans call
- Free Countries and Lower Cost of Debt
The more the political rights, the more free the country, the lower are the costs of debt for firms.
- Desperate Pakistan
There is no shortage of woes for Pakistan.
- Drones for Pakistan - a Potential Game Changer
What is all the more striking about this is that being unmanned, these are actually controlled by operators who could be sitting anywhere in the
- The Day The Sur Died
This was nothing but a bunch of actors being taken to a bunch of scenic spots, and asked to smile at the camera.
- Phir Mile Sur or Frivolous Mile Sur?
The new version has been launched with so much Bollywood emphasis that the Olympics medal winners have been pushed to the very end of the
- Movie Review: Natarang -The Choices And The Passion
It’s all about choices one makes and the passion in one’s heart.
- My God Cannot be The God
When I pondered over the point "GOD", I started seeing stars.
- Photo Essay: Flowers From Our Winter Garden
This January seems to have produced a fine crop of blooms.
- Book Review: Delhi by Khushwant Singh
Delhi by someone who has spent his life in Delhi but has only a bedside view of it.
- Australian Open: Fedex Leaves Tsonga Perplexed
The Swiss master has stood tall amongst his own generation of players like Hewitt and Roddick, and continued to dominate the current generation as well.
- Movie Review: Ishqiya - A Cinematic Treat
Out of all the feelings people have in the world, love is easily the most unpredictable.
- Movie Review : Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes
Guy Ritchie delivers another impressive movie by transforming Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.
- The 1818 Battle of Koregaon - The Beginning of a Casteist War?
Was the battle of Koregaon really the first shot of the Hindu Caste War?
- Marital Bliss - Happily Ever After?
From Gangtok to Ooty, Kanyakumari to Kalimpong , there was no escaping them.
- Liberate Our Students From Sexual Repression
Students from Hindi and Marathi medium schools are basically unexposed to the ideas of Individuality, free thought, and freedom from repressed sexuality.
- Roger Federer Wins Fourth Australian Open
As master of the Grand Slam, he might be excused this grandiloquence.
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- A Few of My Favourites For 2009