April 2008

Nuanced puke

Avataram once wrote, Every now and then someone comes along, so keen to change the world for the better, so intelligent, so beautiful, so devoid of guile that I find the immense cynicism with which I usually operate unnecessary, and a mark of someone less than talented. I am not as well read and I certainly [...]

Cream bun

I don’t know how true this is for other cities — but Madras has an acute shortage of young adults who as students ate cream bun everyday. Braving the April sun, I walked almost an entire kilometer to find cheri gumbal at McRennet eating non cream bun type cakes. There is a certain class about [...]

TV on Sunday evening

There was Barkha Dutt discussing India’s new disease called Affluenza. There was IPL and substandard football. A Vijaykanth padam and Karan Thapar. Along with Wolf Blitzer celebrating his 10 years of Sunday Talk. Then, there was The Battle of El-Alamein.

Good rants and great hair styles

Watching the campaign unfold, I saw how the press gravitated toward a narrative template for the campaign, searching out characters as if for a novel: on one side, a self-described 9/11 hero with a colorful personal life, a former senator who had played a president in the movies, a genuine war hero with a stunning [...]

I must be a genius

I wanted to write something very clever here. Then, I realized my random tags are much like the dear old Random Variable. Not so much a variable but a function. This.


The argument of the proponents of public schools, I am assuming[1], is: the voting power is with the poor since India is largely a poor nation. That may or may not be true — but this post does not address that assumption. [1] — If that argument has not been put forward already, assume I am doing [...]