Sunday, 30 January 2011

The Three Types of Friends/Relatives In Terms Of How They Treat Us

From what I have experienced in my life, I feel we can broadly classify our friends/relatives into three types in terms of how they treat us. More

The “Mass Movement” Chain Reaction Unleashed By Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution

It is really interesting to note how an apparently internal matter of a country can eventually have international political ramifications, thus significantly affecting the political scenarios of other countries. Such incidents always enjoy special attention from current affairs enthusiasts in general, and life long students of Political Science in particular. More

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Happy Republic Day

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Saturday, 22 January 2011

“Hi, Nice Meeting You” – Height Of Social Anomaly

There was a time when people used to say “Hello” and “Hi”. There was also the custom of saying “How do you do”, apart from some other forms of greetings.

Then, around 12-13 years back (if I am right) came this style of saying “Nice meeting you”. And now it has become the most common way of greeting one another after getting introduced for the first time.

So exactly what is the problem that I have with it? More

You are Invited

It’s the way you invite people that matters. And the biggest mistake is to take people close to you for granted. Of course Im so so guilty of this and that’s why I am impelled to write this to help other less prepared mortals in what lies ahead......

Friday, 21 January 2011

The sun will shine

Is it possible for a single day to change your entire existence? One word: Cancer. One thought: let him live. One hope: God. One binding force: Love. One expression: I cannot do without.

And today morning, the only thought that occupied me was which eye-shadow would suit wedding wear. .....More

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Photos: Hibiscus, Red and White

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Saturday, 15 January 2011

Pankaj Advani

Recently a small function was held to mark the funding of 2000th patient’s open heart surgery. Pankaj Advani made a generous contribution to this deed. Pankaj Advani is a World Champion in snooker and billiards from India. Read more...

Friday, 14 January 2011

Advani, Jinnah and the question of secularity

Advani had made a similar statement in 2005, in Pakistan. He was the BJP President then. The comment that Jinnah was a secularist upset his party colleagues and the RSS which he had joined at the tender age of 14. As a result Advani had to step down from the top spot in the BJP. It was only by December 2007 that his party condoned him.

How will the BJP and the RSS react this time?....

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Road Rage capital of the country

From the corner of my eye I could see a huge mass which said “big massive truck” too close for comfort and I froze .
But before I could say , well, Khan Market , my good man at the wheel, AZ, was out of the car and all set to take on the driver of the truck . Soon choice Marathi swear words were clashing with robust Punjabi slang as the truck driver , a blur of orange turban and wild , flowing beard swung his big bulky self from the truck . Injured Maratha pride was no match for good, full blown Jat bluster but it was still a free for all. More here

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Bangalore, cricketers’ Pushkar

The Hindu cartoonist had in mind a vegetables mart.To put a spin on the veg. analogy, I would place Gambir in the onions basket...More...

Hotel Dasaprakash at Chennai to go

....... I had to read it with some curiosity because the great Hotel now stands for sale to give way to a multi-storey residential complex in a multi crore project.  My curiosity about this was because of its imprint in my memory from 27-4-1966 .... (read more.. )

Monday, 10 January 2011

Maryknoll, A Dream House

Last month I went to Maryknoll again. [Do these words remind you of the most famous opening sentence in English fiction? See Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.] More...

Friday, 7 January 2011

A New Year in Kerala

I spent the New Year in Kerala, at our ancestral home. It was nice. Would you believe that I was able to photograph a grasshopper there who it seemed, was trying to get a sip of beer.
Poor chap. He didn’t get any, though Kerala reportedly drank Rs.92 crores of liquor for Christmas and Rs.45 crores for the New Year!

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Thursday, 6 January 2011

All is well

Looking back at my blog, I realized that I have stepped into this New Year with nothing but complaints :)

Like many I joined Facebook and last year I also succumbed to Farmville (FV).

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

A SCHOOL REUNION... and One That Did Not Happen

They were the batch of students who had passed out of Vidya Mandir in 1985 to have a reunion and make their bond with the school further stronger. They were the batch of students who had passed out of Vidya Mandir in 1985 to have a reunion and make their bond with the school further stronger. More here.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Belum Caves, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh

104kms from Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh are the Belum Caves. The very mention of the word ‘caves’ creates images of mountains in mind; surprisingly there were none around and in fact none in the vast stretch of land around. For a moment I thought... read more...

Monday, 3 January 2011

Corruption kills one more.

Yet another RTI activist has been killed, when none has been punished for the earlier deaths.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Knitted with Love: A favorite sweater story

"The cardboard box had arrived late that evening and I wasn’t particularly charmed. They had practiced hoarding these boxes like it was all a matter of safety, by some insane standards of measure. When another was dragged in, I was presumptuous enough as to think they’d take it back to the storeroom to craft something of their proud garbage. But they left it abandoned at my feet, partially opened..." Read More