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- A-vivek of N-Arundhati
When Narundhati treks through the jungles as a guest of Maoists, her biases ignore the blisters on her city feet.
- How To Write Better
Treat your final draft as a piece of rock ready to be sculpted.
- Fallen Role Models - Keeping The Value
This kind of extreme reaction serves no one - not the media, not the people.
- Glorifying the Hack Historian
Romila Thapar was never really a historian.
- Was Vanity Fair To Freida Pinto?
With a name like Vanity Fair, what were we expecting, inner beauty with brown skin?
- Barkha Dutt And NDTV, The Joke Is On You!
So Chyetanya Kunte is the latest victim of media intimidation. I'm not going to rehash the same excellent...
- Kindling The E-Book Revolution
Did the Amazon Kindle kindle my enthusiasm for e-books? You betcha!
- A Weekend With Madhu Kishwar
Ms. Kishwar believes that the key to fighting poverty lies in unleashing the talents and energies of the poor that have been kept suppressed by
- Media Review: Damazine - A Literary Journal From Damascus, Syria
A journal that hopes to foster a new dialogue
- The Marathi Manoos versus the Thackeray Brand
It might be time to dissociate the identity of the long suffering "Marathi Manus" from the Thackerays.Aditi Nadkarni
OPINION | Culture: Social Issues, Politics: Laws, Politics: World, Politics: South Asia, Politics: Reservations, Politics: Religion, Politics: Peace, Politics: India, Politics: Asia, Media: Newspapers, Media: News, Media: Television, Media: Internet, Media: Magazines, Media: Journalism, Culture: Society
- What Differentiates Journalists and Bloggers - Money?
The only common thing that I can see in all these definitions is that they write for some medium with some expectation of being read.
- Is The Guardian Seeing Pink Elephants?
It is inexcusable when a popular media form chooses to propagate cultural ignorance.Aditi Nadkarni
OPINION | Culture: Society, Culture: Social Issues, Culture: Religion, Culture: Magazines, Politics: Censorship, Politics: Freedom, Politics: India, Politics: Religion, Culture: The Writing Life, Culture: Travel, Culture: Holidays and Observances, Media: Journalism, Media: Magazines, Media: Internet, Media: Newspapers, Media: News, Culture: Desi, Culture: Education, Culture: Festivals, Politics: Peace
- The State that is Bihar
Let us save our critiques for 3 more years and till then let Nitish do his job
- 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.
- Spam Struck
"Would you like to add 8 inches or more to your penis?"Aditi Nadkarni
SATIRE | Culture: Men, Culture: Personal History, Media: Films - Erotica, Culture: The Writing Life, Culture: Survey, Culture: Society, Culture: Satire, Culture: Poetry, Culture: Humor, Culture: City Life, Culture: Consumerism, Media: Magazines, Media: Journalism, Media: Internet, Media: Blogs, Culture: Relationships
- 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.
- BlogWorld & New Media Expo - Blogs Go Mainstream
Be a part of this comprehensive blogging convention, the BlogWorld & New Media Expo.
- Reinventing Nilgiri's Media
As a community media initiative The Local is the best thing that has happened to Nilgiris in a long time.
- Plagiarism In The Pakistani Blogosphere
A popular Pakistan blog The Pakistani Spectator copies an editorial from the national English daily Dawn.
- Stop Torturing Rama
In the end, I can only be amazed at the tizzy over Rama/Ramayana in public discourse.
- Poetry: where do the smiles go?
why do smile-prints wall-paper memory ville? / why do they awe and shock and...?
- Freedom Of Speech On The Internet
To expect an uncensored voice on a public forum of media is like eating one's cake and having it too.
- The Illustrated Weekly of India - A Trip Down Memory Lane
I grew up with the Illustrated Weekly of India, a now-defunct magazine which, apart from its oddball size, was kind of an offbeat journal.
- Poetry: edhi's dawn
death, misery and destruction / mixed with pompous declarations / and righteous indignation / all eating into crying trees
- Theatre of the Absurd: The Attack on Taslima Nasreen
Our cops seem to be eager to perfectly fit the mould that...Sandeep
OPINION | Media: News, Media: Newspapers, Media: Television, Politics: Corruption, Politics: Freedom, Politics: Governance, Politics: India, Politics: Laws, Politics: Religion, Media: Magazines, Media: Journalism, Culture: Books, Culture: Books - Fiction, Culture: Celebrities, Culture: Desi, Culture: Religion, Culture: Social Issues, Culture: Society, Culture: Women, Media: Blogs, Politics: South Asia
- What Women Want
Pigeonholed by women's magazines.
- The Ugly Face Of Internet Plagiarism - WeCite Busted!
A Pakistani ezine busted for mass plagiarism, including one article from Blogcritics.
- The Prickly Porn Pickle: Does Erotica Thrill, Chill Or Kill A Relationship?
Does porn in a relationship crowd the bedroom and result in intimacy issues?
- Remembering CN Chittaranjan Who Lived for Journalism
The irony was that CNC who had helped several others make it big in their careers was himself happy to be working for lesser dailies
- Puppy Love And The Ethics Of Star TV
Any two-bit media house can boost its TRPs by painting a non-issue with the communal paintbrush.Sandeep
OPINION | Media: Magazines, Media: News, Media: Newspapers, Media: Television, Politics: Corruption, Politics: Freedom, Politics: India, Politics: Laws, Media: Journalism, Media: Internet, Culture: Desi, Culture: Essay, Culture: Magazines, Culture: Religion, Culture: Social Issues, Culture: Society, Culture: Urban, Media: Blogs, Politics: Religion
- "Ethnic" Media: Do I Want to Live in This Ghetto?
Does ethnicization of the media sit well with global cosmopolitanism?
- India And Canada: Polling Well
India is that brilliant underachieving student who has just been gliding by without much effort
- India A Superpower?
Is India a Superpower? What to you think? One author says think again...
- The 52nd Filmfare Award Nominations: Something's Odd
Something doesn't seem quite right with the 52nd Filmfare Award nominations.
- The Third Child: A Personal Take On Desicritics' First Anniversary
I can speak of the contributions seen over the past year. We are attracting better writers and the quality has continued to improve
- You are Time Magazine's Person of the Year, Your Life Goes On
The narcissistic social disorder that has enveloped global society takes many forms.
- Satire: JAM Magazine Apologizes
JAM Magazine has a lot to be sorry for...
- Paid Media Editorial: Should Public-Relations Adopt It?
I saw an interesting, and bold, article in the latest issue of First Option, a new weekly magazine...
- Gender Wars, Courtesy Forbes?
Two Forbes editors seem to have lost the essence of marriage...
- Reporters Sans Frontiers' Worldwide Press Freedom Rankings: Playing With Numbers to Achieve Objective Ratings of Subjective Reality
Lost in translation are subtleties of data, methods of data collection and of analysis, and the caveats.
- Glaring Lack of Original Content in Indian Media
Why is there no original contect in Indian media, whether it is news, opinion or analysis?
- Forbes' Most Powerful Women List: The Wrong Notion of Power
To list Indra Nooyi among the most powerful women of the world only shows one thing—that we have the wrong notion of what power is
- Magazine Review: Travel + Leisure South Asia
The glossy travel magazine filled with exquisite photographs is a sight for sore eyes.
- Movie Review: Shattered Glass
The film amazed me for I had no clue about the existance of a honorable magazine like The New Republic or the great scandal
- At War With War & Peace - How I Struggled With The Great Classic And Realized That Some Books Remain Unconquered
We don’t happen to books; books happen to us. A memoir of growing up with Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel on Russia.
- Islamic Fascists or Give a Dog a Bad Name…
In these days of propaganda, polemics and polarity amongst people, it is even more important that objectivity be maintained.
- Comics Review: Virgin Comics Issue # 0 & #1
Virgin Comics delve into Indian myth. The review of issue 0 and 1....
- Working Women's Houses Are Dirty and Other Male Delusions
Just in case the men reading his essay are horrified and are thinking they will never ever marry, Noer exhorts men to marry.
- "Punny" Headlines Driving You to Pull Your Hair Out?
The best advice that can be given to the headline writer is to avoid the pun unless...
- Once Was India Today
What has happened to India's No.1 news magazine? How did a journal, known as India's answer to Time, plummet to such depths?
- Desicritics Editors' Picks-- July 10-July 23
If you were away here are some articles you may want to read.
- Magazine Review: The Indian American
Depending on how the vision for the magazine pans out, it could serve as a forum that gathers the Indian diaspora.
- Information Week on India's "Salary Inflation"
We NEVER hear complaints about overseas companies moving business to the US. Only bellyaching that foreign companies should hire "Americans First".
- E-school Ranking Survey: Sins Of The Times
If a magazine cannot do a detailed survey then why should one believe their results?
- Business Today's B-School Ranking Survey gets "F" Grade
The recent BT B-School Ranking Survey is an apt case study of what faulty surveys are like.
- Plagiarism: Are We Ever Original?
Let me advance the Teflon theory. Don't get caught.