This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War

Actors often repeat the cliche that comedy is a difficult art. The little I have read, I am now convinced, the cliche — which is probably not true — works in reverse for writers. Evoking a genuine sense of tragedy and yet not make the reader tire or second guess appears an almost impossible task. [...]

Health Benefits of Wheatgrass Juice

Wheatgrass is one of the most widely discussed natural sources when it comes to health benefits. When we speak about health & nutrition, Wheatgrass doesn’t come in the mainstream. Despite the fact that it has multitude of health benefits, it just didn’t appeared in the list of healthy source of foods. It is frequently discussed [...]

Character flaw

Even in a world which has moved far beyond, sometimes, reactionary nonsense has a place. Such as expressing profound wonderment at some sentences. Like this, In India, where everyone from teenage boys to septuagenarian aunts dance at weddings, a reticence to join the dance floor is seen as a troubling sign of a possible character flaw [...]

Question

I am sure there is some social research published somewhere on the point of optimality for democratic values and knowledge driven social order. I am also reasonably sure no one reading this post would have come across such publication; even if they did, I am sure it does not apply to present day Tamil Nadu. [...]

The Changeling

Kenzaburo Oe did not attend an MFA Program. His upbringing in postwar Japan and possibly a life in today’s Japan that’s a psychotic marvel also seem to impact his writing in some measure. For someone used to American fiction, this is novelty enough. And Elif Batuman while dismissing postwar American literature as dishonest, captures why I like The [...]

Postmodern sexuality

What does homosexuality mean? Or bisexuality? Or, for that matter, any other form that may exist. I find it insulting to the concept of person-hood that one is defined on the basis of attraction to someone else. I’d like to propose as basis of sexuality one’s own individual erogenous zones. For example, some people who [...]

The Dalit vote

I am sure I am not the only or the first or even the millionth person to notice this. However, I have not heard it said or seen it written: MK Stalin’s mother is Dalit. Yet, he never uses his Dalit status on the campaign trail. The total Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes population in Tamil [...]

Reading

I don’t know why I picked a book up after reading the pretentious prick say it was pretentious. But a man who had read to Borges as a teen deserves to be read. Manguel’s poorly written sanctimonious nonsense though got me wondering: is intelligence, as we comprehend it in the modern context, by definition, an understanding of what is, or can [...]

On Federalism

Not that anyone cares, but I thought I should clarify I had no idea what I was talking about when I’d randomly use ‘Federalism’ as an argument. Please listen to Heather Gerken actually say something non-trivial on the subject. Knowledge seems so dangerous to the stupidity of my youth.

On sexism

For someone who grew up on Tamil movies and Hollywood, that the mise-en-scène and the screenplay can be used to not drive something or someone forward is a pleasant surprise in itself. Therefore my judgment of La soledad may be biased by that novelty factor; but I did enjoy it immensely. This may also be a right [...]

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