First they came for…

पहले उनने ब्राह्मणों पर प्रहार किया. और कमर तोड़ दी. मैंने कुछ नही कहा क्यूंकि मैं ब्राह्मण नहीं था. फिर उनने बाकी सवर्णों पर प्रहार किया. और कमर तोड़ दी. मैंने कुछ नहीं कहा क्यूंकि मैं मनुवादी नहीं था. फिर उनने पिछड़ो पर प्रहार किया. आरक्षण के माध्यम से उनमे …

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The hand that rocks the cradle…

One of the best insights that man has left for humanity is that, “the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world”. Of the high ideals that we claim we have for women – the benevolent mother goddess, the primordial female deity, Meenakshi, Annapoorna, Lakshmi, Durga the Destroyer of Evil – it’s not only unfortunate

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Please queue-up – Aapki ankhon ki photo leni hai

My chauffeur, Surinder, is not too familiar with the ways of the modern world. Early one morning he came to my house and excitedly told my better half: सरकार नया राशन कार्ड बना रही है। साहब को लेकर चलिये  (The government is making new ration cards, wake-up sahib, let’s go). My …

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Pride & Prejudice – My eating habit is better than yours

Traditions and customs are sacred and profound for humans. Whether we like it or not, we invariably live under the auspices of our traditions – consciously or unconsciously. Therefore, when discussing a tradition which is not one’s own, it is wise to maintain a “political correctness” and formal politeness. Atleast …

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Being a part of any change

I received an interesting comment from a very close friend of mine… “Today’s Times of India has 2 pieces of news, front-page – in big print: 4 out of 8 richest people in the world are Indian; not Israelis, not Arabs, not American, not British, not Sudanese, not Japanese, not …

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Principles & Ideals in Summer

Teenage can be impressionable and interesting part of one’s life. Especially, if growing up in dynamic and continually changing country like India. I was 15-ish in the summer of 1990… That year saw one of the most serious upheavals in India’s political history in recent times. A bill had been …

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Sania Mirza & the Indian Tri-color

A local court in Bhopal issued summons to tennis star Sania Mirza for allegedly disrespecting the national flag during a function some time back. The summons was issued by following up on a case filed by social worker under the Prevention of Insult to the National Honor Act (1971).It is …

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Unsolicited Calls – The Other Side of the Story

There has been enough ranting on the phenomena of unsolicited calls, I guess nowadays it is mostly a vogue to make fun, curse, and abuse it. And anybody who is anybody can be seen displaying these emotions and bemoaning what a curse this is to way we live our lives. …

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