Monthly Archives: May 2007

Fiction Fragment: The therapist next door

Janaki maami was nervous. New neighbours are unpredictable. But it excited her a little nevertheless. There was a whole new household to gossip about. And a whole household to educate. What time the water flow was weak, which uncle in … Continue reading

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Fiction Fragment: Her son’s photographs

Jagadambal is concerned. Her son is 28 and still single. Her heart sinks at the thought of a grown Iyer man having to make his own meals. Having to sort out his own laundry. He went there at the tender … Continue reading

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The Cake Car

I am simply in love with the advert for Skoda Fabia. Every time it airs on the television, I sit and giggle with great joy at the sight of copious amounts of cake. If I had to buy a car … Continue reading

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Fiction Fragment: In which Kantha gives her Muesli

She wonders how careful she has to be. Three years in some foreign land isn’t a long time. But some habits change. The body becomes more vulnerable to dust. Though, in her memory, pollen in India never really disturbed her. … Continue reading

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Tamil Film Trivia

100 points to those who can figure out which movie had this marvelous line. “Nonsense of the Stupid of the Idiot!” —-

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What block?

I can only speak for myself, but I’ve always felt that there’s nothing called a “writer’s block”. But how do I explain the fact that for the last few days, I don’t really feel like writing. The only thing that … Continue reading

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Links for 2007-05-16

Dubai – Ban maids under 30 Because the government likes to play nanny to adult women! “The Indian minister for women and child development has called for a ban on women under 30 to work as domestic help in the … Continue reading

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Fiction Fragment: For the love of Shampoo

Her fortnightly conversation with her mother always makes her turn to the mirror, and inspect her frizzy hair. Her mother is a lovely person, but it is her genes that turned Gajalakshmi’s hair into an overused toilet brush. Gaja goes … Continue reading

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The “five-second” rule – picking up food that fell

Mother wins. Sort of. Of course we can never know for sure how many harmful microbes there are on any surface. But we know enough now to formulate the five-second rule, version 2.0: If you drop a piece of food, … Continue reading

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The Zimmers sing My Generation

Ridiculously amazing this. Remember The Who’s “My Generation”? Imagine that, sung by a bunch of geriatric rockers. The Zimmers sing, and how! This video really made my day. From the BBC. The Zimmers – whose lead singer is 90-year-old Alf … Continue reading

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Journalist “picked up” in Bangladesh

Meanwhile, in Bangladesh, the military backed interim government isn’t exactly fond of judicial processes or the free press. Bangladeshi journalist and blogger Tasneem Khalil was arrested yesterday. Since the state of emergency curtails rights of the citizens, it doesn’t look … Continue reading

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1857, and the politics of memories

In Delhi, as history students we would sometimes go on these wild goose chases. To try and step on the very site that some event had taken place. The ruins – even as they just that – in ruins offer … Continue reading

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