Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Gen. VK Singh issue: Battles with duds or the real thing?

There is no war on, but Gen. VK Singh is creating battles for him to fight. The age row was over when the Supreme Court did not support his stand. But the Army Chief maintains that the Date of Birth (DoB) issue was brought up by interested parties because he “cracked down on corruption”....

Murderers, Rapists and Looters

Murderers, rapists and looters sitting in Parliament: Arvind Kejriwal

This statement from Kejriwal seems to have hit a raw spot but is there any truth in it?

Saturday, 24 March 2012

The Shockingly Surprising Experience At Noida Police Station

Today (20th March 2012) I had to visit a police station in Noida (U.P.). While I have nothing against the police personnel whom I had to interact with, what I found shockingly surprising was how every official work in a Noida police station is conducted in Hindi, with absolutely no option for English (even if a work entails a visitor who is not conversant in Hindi). More

Islands in the Sun

Islands are fascinating. In the photo given below you can see two small ones. Islets, really. They are so tiny that normal maps show them. Of the four types of islands, continental, oceanic, coral and inland, these beauties belong to the last group.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Cancer Drug Priced Rs. 284,428 Is Now Available At Rs. 8880

The most notable thing is that Natco will be selling the drug at a price which is very much within the reach of common people (Rs. 8880), in a stark contrast to the price of Nexavar sold by Bayer (Rs. 284,428 ) which is miles beyond the reach of ordinary people. More

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Cricket: Goodbye Mr. Dravid

Chin up Indians! We have reasons to be proud!

Kabul calling

This was in 1967, when I was 29, unattached, and doing Europe overland. We were seven – a mixed group, aged between 10 and 50 – traveling in a 12-seater van on a London-Delhi run. Because of a nationality issue with Pakistan, Kabul turned out to be the end of the road for me...More...

Monday, 12 March 2012

The coding of dress

Another women’s day has passed and I wonder how many women around the world has yet again been asked to adhere to codes.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

SEVAI for Dinner

By now Mami would be in full form. She would ask for a big banana leaf which she would clean and spread on the floor in front of the hole in the wall. She would place the stool with the Seva Nazhi on the leaf. Placing the steamed dough balls one at a time in the lower part of the Nazhi, Mami, with all her power, would press down on the dough ball with the upper part. We children would shout with joy as thin strands of the Sevai would start falling on the green banana leaf. More here


Panel by panel -- including the wooden floor, the doors, the veranda railings -- as also the rafters of the ceiling and the red tiles of the roof, were disman, packed and trucked to the Khet, where it was then reassembled. It took a team of six Asaris (carpenters), their leader a veteran traditional temple builder, more than two months to do the reassembly.......Read more here

Monday, 5 March 2012

Cinema: Makaramanju, Lenin Rajendran presenting Raja Ravi Varma

Makaramanju is an allegorical presentation of certain segments of the Royal Painter’s life and his creation depicting of the mythological parting of King Paruravas and Apsaras Urvashi. The raja falls in love with Sugandha Bhai, his model for Urvasi. The painter alternates as the king, and the model as Urvashi. There is a continuing interchange between the eras of Ravi Varma and Pururavas, and the characters.

Raghubir Singh: Catching the breeze

Read what this photo said to me on Life Rules

Saturday, 3 March 2012

A childhood with grandpa

At home grandpa, a retired cop, ran our household of three – that is, grandma and me – a bit like a police training establishment. I had a time-table for meals, play, study, and sleep. The only grace-time (when I could do whatever I felt like) was when grandpa had his afternoon snooze....More