Monthly Archives: November 2006

On Pressure Cookers and Prestigious Institutions

Image pinched from here.Whenever somebody uses the word prestigious, I immediately have images of that heavy pressure cooker. I am serious. To me the word Prestige is irreversibly tied to a cooker. So when someone says they went to a … Continue reading

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Global Gender Gap: India at 98 out of 115

The World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Report 2006 makes for interesting reading. As always one can always contest the weight for certain data, source for the data and the merit in ranking countries without recognizing contextual differences. While it may … Continue reading

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Fiction Fragment 2: How Vishalakshi robbed the little one of laughter

She is not really a moody person. If by moody you mean someone whose moods change without one’s own volition, no, that’s not her then. But if observe very closely, you’ll notice that when she’s laughing very hard, to the … Continue reading

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Links for 2006-11-23

Portraits of Displacement – Photograph of a mother running on a street in Sri Lanka “This womens 15yr old son was abducted by the LTTE. She was desperately trying to run after the truck in which her son together with … Continue reading

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You gave him ‘Dating Allowance’?!?

I have been laughing uncontrollably ever since I read this – A court in Kanpur has issued a notice to Wipro chairman Azim Premji after the wife of one of the company’s employees alleged her husband had left her because … Continue reading

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Poem: Form filling in a dead city

The Historian sits at the foot of a staircase. On the form where his name must fit into very small, impossible little boxes, in block letters – his pencil draws little earthen lamps. In the event of the return, he … Continue reading

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Look Nervous – otherwise you are guilty

Am I alone in being confused by this? Aishwariya Rai apparently received some parcel with some money. She says it isn’t hers. Goes to the custom office. Fine till here. She is to meet a certain Mr Prasad of Additional … Continue reading

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Buy a sister-in-law. Or two.

All those of ye who seek a sister-in-law, wait no more. You can buy them off eBay. I just wonder about the person who wants to sell the sister-in-law. Hhmm…

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R.I.P Milton Friedman

R.I.P Milton Friedman (1912 – 2006). The Commies cannot get you in Heaven. From the NY Times. Flying the flag of economic conservatism, Mr. Friedman led the postwar challenge to the hallowed theories of Lord Keynes, the British economist who … Continue reading

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links for 2006-11-13

A bad trip in India – Haaretz – Israel News “Maoz’s use of the intifada as a metaphor for the situation is far from coincidental. During her visits to India she heard several Israelis compare the Indians to the Palestinians … Continue reading

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On struggling with poems, language and culture

Last night I was thinking of the murderous Hindi tests that included a viva voce. Which meant that Hindi poems had to be recited by rote. Some of the poems were a blasted 30 stanzas long. The teacher would recite … Continue reading

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On watching Kushti

We have a talent in this house to pick some of the most vaguest movies off the shelf and spend Sunday evenings watching them. More often than not, we realize that we couldn’t find a review of the movie for … Continue reading

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