January 2013

Respect the Vindhyas

Mayawati was in Madras in few day's ago. She stayed at the Taj Connemara and caused a traffic jam on Mount Road. For which she can be forgiven. Then she addressed a rally. Claimed she would replicate the UP model in TN. And exhorted voters in Madras to be wary of the BJP and Congress. [...]

India to fire Pranab, hire bloggers

Pakistan today was stunned when India fired its boring Foreign Minister, Pranab Mukherjee. The country’s President, Prathiba Patil, will now swear in a team of idiot bloggers from 2003 to head the Ministry. The Prime Minister’s Office, in a tweet, said India had more than adequate resources to meet self important morons of the Pakistani [...]

Notes on a Monday

Shallowness has been Maanga’s founding principle. It was brilliant when the proponents were plotting an irrelevant coup at the back benches and were 18. It matured into an art form that unfailingly dismissed what has been — especially, that have been well. Ten years later, the founding member on one Sunday struggled to dismiss Orhan [...]

Insight

I am in a phase where I think writing fiction is what the talented do; the reasonable read them. And, idiots write opinion pieces or analyses. While the silent majority tries to be funny; making it not so silent and hence a minority. Which explains why this blog is dead. Or, should be. Or, why this Arnab [...]

On the bourgeoisie

Luis Buñuel, more than anyone else, should have a retrospective in India. In two of his films, “The phantom of liberty” and “The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie”, he explores how the bourgeoisie keeps trying to the things that it is used to, like getting a meal at a nice restaurant, all the while being [...]

Bad Reporting

N Ram, at the HT Leadership Summit in 2007, there is too much editorializing masquerading as news in the various Indian media The Hindu’s front page report on Saturday, written by N Ram, Mr. Gopalaswami is an able man with a great deal of administrative experience. He is well regarded in the services. But his suo motu act of [...]

Asia Literary Review

Ian Jack explained this blog yesterday. On how the gift of articulation and  having something original to articulate are two different things. That their intersection is quite often non-existent. And, worse, it’s not possible for someone to have something original after the first few articulations.[1] Extended to its logical conclusion, nothing should have ever been written if [...]

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