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- Do We Respect Our Icons?
I apologize to Vishy for this behaviour. The hell with these jokers, when you know there are a billion plus people who adore and love
- Do Politicians Deserve Pay Hikes?
I know these are very uncomfortable questions. But I expect no politician, however astute he may be should duck these questions and move on.
- The Value Of Life In India
Have we become so unsympathetic towards human lives?
- Krishna's Temple of Shame
I did not have any regrets of not visiting the sanctum sanctorum, since the very purpose was defeated by such double standards.
- Proud To Be Unpatriotic
If a bad policy is harming the nation then it could be said that criticising the government is the most patriotic thing in the world.
- Graphic Novel Review: Level 10 Studios' Comic Jump
The artwork is sumptuous and visually rich, not quite manga, yet the action-sequences owe a lot to the typical shonen manga series.
- Independence Day - Just Another 24 Hours
Are we valuing our independence? For that matter, did we ever value it to begin with?
- Movie Review: Peepli [Live] - Our Apathy Exposed
We, the privileged ones being entertained by an exceptionally talented cast of theatre actors on screen are to blame, too.
- What Really Matters
A few of my Desi roommates, friends and I were arguing over the hypocrisy of Desis living abroad.
- The Great Indian Drive
Driving in India is like the theory of Karma – do your best and leave the rest to your insurance company.
- Saza-e-Kalapani - Can We Bring Back The Andaman Experience?
Are we trying to pay homage to all those who suffered for our better tomorrow or are we just revisiting the horror without thinking much
- Eat, Pray And Shit The Indian Way
We live in times of quiet desperation and yet find reasons to laugh. That's what India is all about.
- A Culture of Obligations
I’ve become increasingly impatient with, and resentful of, anything that has a whiff of an obligation to it.
- Movie Review: Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai
The film conforms to the genre, being simultaneously a 70s-style crime thriller and a chronicle of an inflating hypercity.
- The Religion of Humanity
When a child wails, do you hear Ram, or Allah, or Jesus?
- I Am My Own Woman
Two years later we made our first trip back as a married couple.
- The Floating Generation - Picking Pieces of our Scattered Life
Can we really feel at home even if we are back?
- On the Ban on Shivaji: Hindu king in Islamic India
Profanity & the Intellectual Fools! Nothing but the truth, the whole truth!
- Book Review: The Beast With Nine Billion Feet - Anil Menon
The Beast is a hugely readable book crammed with ideas and in a very recognizable milieu as it is set in India.
- Theatre Review: Dancing on Glass - a Poignant Play
One of the finest dark comedies I have seen, nay experienced.
- Has Shivaji Finally Lost To His Followers?
For once, let Shivaji be at peace in his grave and build a nation which he has envisioned years back
- poetry: tongue tied
there are times when neither nature nor nurture is helpful
- Indians Are The Best Multi-Taskers
Just add multi tasking as an event and then see the Gold Rush.
- 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.
- Book Review: Chai, Chai - A Travelogue by Bishwanath Ghosh
Chai, Chai is an engaging read, easy on the eye but we are still waiting for the first great Indian travel book
- Indian Railways: The World's Largest Loo Network
Why can't we be little sophisticated, if not sober is all what I think whenever I travel by Indian Railways....
- Which Bandh Was it - Bharat, India Or Hindustan?
Keeping aside the name of the Bandh or the minor suffering I had to go through, I do have my own set of perceptions for
- Falling in Love
I wanted her to see how one could fall in love.
- That Bitter Sweet Feeling
Not my home, but lot of memories there
- An Evening With Aurangzeb
What drives us to be so judgemental and conclusive without knowing the facts?
- Cane & Disable
Corporal punishment reinforces violence and discourages independent thought
- Book Review: Heartbreaks and Dreams - Yesterday Once More
While stories about IIT abound on bookshelves today, Heartbreaks and Dreams is the sole representative of the female perspective
- Hindustan bole to Youngistan
What does todays India signifies with its young population. How they can influence the social, ecoanomic and political environment of India
- Chaotic Bangalore Roads, Jackass Drivers, Inept Governments
Who in their right minds digs up roads just when the monsoon season starts?
- Entrance Exams Under the Weather
These incidents have cast a cloud of doubt over the credibility of the IITJEE and the CAT.
- Second Class Rail Travel In India
The constipated booking clerk chewing Paan who was a master of everyone's fate and the restless crowd standing in trailing queues are distant memories now.
- Fiction: Cherries
The preying mantis moved on and tittered to each other. The man already forgotten.
- Satire: Meeting Your Maker Made Easy
India offers a unique blend of traditional and modern ways of making this trip, aided in part by our friendly neighbours.
- Salutations to Comrade Jyoti Basu - An Intergenerational Tribute
How many Chief Ministers in India in the future will be appreciative of the very subtle and abstract humour of PG Wodehouse?
- Book Review: Yajnaseni - The Story of Draupadi
Pratibha's Draupadi/Yajnaseni/Krishnaa is a woman trapped by circumstances.
- Delhi In Soaring Temperatures
The air conditioner was put on full blast but the car wasn't warming up.
- Emancipation of Women: Is it Just a Long-cherished Dream?
The mantra is that come out of the fire well in which you are being burnt for the only reason that you were born as
- To Be A Girl
Mama, when are you getting my ears pierced
- An Un-Fair Psyche
The dusky and ‘how can she be happy’ dame gets back home after a long gruelling day at the office. She wipes her makeup
- Suprabhatam – The Dawn Prayer
On an impulse today, I looked up the lyrics of The Dawn Prayer - and found myself captivated.
- Femmes Will Be Fatal
The man gets back home after a long day. The woman opens the door, sizes him up and gives a wicked grin.
- Clueless in Kochi
Tharoor's inexhaustible capacity for self-destruction notwithstanding, sacking him was a mistake
- Poem- Remembering Iqbal - Storm from the East
This man Iqbal, the old Sufi from mystifying corners of Kashmir
- Book Review : In Search of Sita
Mythology in India is not just an academic or historical subject, it is a vital and living topic of contemporary relevance
- Demolishing Homes in Delhi
The State is systematically disenfranchising the weakest sections of the society
- Tharoor, Sania, IPL, and Other National Distractions
People in public office should focus their attention on matters of public concern rather than being a constant distraction, twittering their foibles or phoning them
- Grapes Unfit For Wine
Almost every middle class sub-conti, or desi, has relatives who live abroad.
- Satire: Indian Female League - A New Venture by Lalli Modi
if Pappu can Dance, then Babes can Bat too.
- Book Review: Daylight Robbery
Critical plot devices include a newfangled video cassette recorder and there are lamentations about the mediocre performance of the Janata Dal government.
- Walking Through a Wheat Field
I hadn't seen wheat farming up close, until I walked into a golden-yellow wheat field in Rajasthan last week.
- IPL T20 @ Ferozeshah Kotla - Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals
Cricket in India can draw more crowds than even Big Bazaar's annual sales