Category Archives: Controversies

How wouldyu like your sub?

Some cold afternoon, existential questions like “Nand ell idli?” pops into your mind and you look around for the nearest Tim Horton’s cafe around. Your friend says “You are too hungry and the day is too long for just a … Continue reading

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Ramdev, Yoga and aiming for the moon to get to Houston

I didn’t know about Baba Ramdev until I came back to NITK after second year break to find my roommate expertly doing Yoga routines every morning. She had learnt it from Aastha TV, apparently. I was transfixed, and quite skeptical. … Continue reading

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My Experiments with Food and Fasting

Folks who know me from childhood will assert I was not an easy child to feed. My mother and her mother struggled hard to keep me well-nutritioned. In fact, my mother has so much practice that I’m pretty confident if … Continue reading

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More thoughts on racism and the like

I’ve been in a foreign country for a year-and-a-half now. The hardest part is not adjusting to the weather or food or the people. Even the accent is not hard, given we’ve all been listening to the American accent right … Continue reading

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Open Letter To Aroon Purie

Dear Mr. Purie, You quite obviously don’t know me. And while I know you (well, you head India Today), I didn’t much care. Your rag always lost out to The Week in my house, God alone knew why my father … Continue reading

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Four Stars for Raavan

It was a good idea to release Mani Ratnam’s latest flick Raavan in the rainy season. The rain and all the water adds a sort of surround effect to the scenic shots in the movie. I watched the movie on … Continue reading

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Google: Privacy and security!

So, Google just gave me another reason, why I should hate them! With its web history … Yet another step to intrude my privacy. You might say, why do you want to use google accounts? Use something else! So, thats … Continue reading

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On Rationalizing and aberrations.

So you have a system. All you want to do is judge how the individuality of the components compares to certain norms. You determine what contributes to achieving the particular goal that the system needs to. And then judge how … Continue reading

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Just for Laughs

(Now, If you are religious or are a great fan of Bombay’s famed Mahalakshmi temple, I dont mean to offend you… Just laugh. If you don’t find it too cliched already for your taste, that is. ) Friend: Kya yaar, … Continue reading

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Bollywood Hero Stereotypes

To start off with, I hardly watch any hindi movies, save a few here and there. Hence maybe my ensemble is not large enough for the generalization. So, Why is it that all heros know every damn skill under the … Continue reading

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Women’s Day

Went for a Women’s Quiz conducted for Women’s Day by KQA. It was held right after BizKashi – the Biz Quiz. There were only five teams, so there wasn’t even a need to conduct prelims. I didn’t originally intend to … Continue reading

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Devil’s Advocacy on Moral Policing and the like

Yeah, Ram Sena etc etc is what inspired this post. So basically, people are loth to be policed. Urbane Indians, most of all. At the slightest provocation, Times of India and their related concerns jump to ask “Who are THEY … Continue reading

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“Politicians suck! Throw rocks at them!”

I won’t be very surprised if I find this on a Tshirt soon. The attitude of the media and the people they interview these days is, to say the least, despicable. Yeah, fine, a lot of things went wrong due … Continue reading

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My Flirtations with Faith and Conversations about Conversions

There used to be a time when the pseudosecularists had their way with me. I didn’t think much of Hinduism… the whole ’emphasis on rites and rituals’ didn’t go down well with me. In retrorespect, I’ll say it was just … Continue reading

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Enough is Enough.

So Obama’s Presidential Transition Team has an Indian woman now. Sonal Shah. Her appointment has sparked off a controversy. Not coz she’s Indian or anything, but because her father was closely associated with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad. Some groups called … Continue reading

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How to write an Indian Novel

Ah.. no, I don’t pretend to be about to write something that has even an iota of the brilliance of the RK Narayan essay of the same name, which got accepted by Punch for six guineas. So I am appalled … Continue reading

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Protected: On Fear and Insecurity

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“I’m very sorry for what has happened…”

…. is what Mr. Shivraj Patil had to say about the Delhi Blasts. And he also appealed for calm. And praised the resilience of people of the country. I agree, losing your head in such a situation is not the … Continue reading

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Taliban Alla Alla

Godwin’s Law: “As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.” Priya’s Indian adaptation: “As any public debate rages on, the probability of a comparison involving the Taliban approaches one.” Any instance … Continue reading

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An Observation…

One thing I’ve noticed over a couple of years is that Arts grads are more likely to support the idea of India as a “developing” country, and are less appreciative of Indian culture, and are more likely to be apologetic … Continue reading

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