Author Archives: Mahendra

The Passive Consumer vs. the Active Aficionado

The Pas­sive Con­sumer Lis­tens to what­ev­er music is play­ing on radio or stream­ing online Watch­es TV shows when they are aired Watch­es movies just released that every­one is talk­ing about Par­tic­i­pates in trend­ing con­ver­sa­tions on social media Enjoys car­toons, videos, … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Conscience and Guilt

When we say, express, or do some­thing wrong, our con­science pricks us. It is a wound that hurts. Often, we apply “quick relief” med­ica­tion to that wound: “Oh, I’m sor­ry, I didn’t know” (when one very well knew) “I’m sor­ry, … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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How Atheists Are Also Often Spiritual

Can an athe­ist be spir­i­tu­al? I posed this ques­tion on social media and the respons­es ranged from the resound­ing­ly affir­ma­tive to out­right neg­a­tive. Exam­ple of the affir­ma­tive: “Cer­tain­ly. I’m an athe­ist, but I spend more time think­ing about spir­i­tu­al things … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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A Confession of my Quirky Habits

This is an assort­ed com­pi­la­tion, com­ing from an unqui­et mind. Here is a list of my quirks in no par­tic­u­lar order. I always arrange cur­ren­cy notes in order of denom­i­na­tion in my wal­let. If my wal­let has 3 com­part­ments for … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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The Fifth Pillar of Indian Democracy

Indi­an democ­ra­cy is said to rest on the ven­er­a­ble four pil­lars of the leg­is­la­ture, the exec­u­tive, the judi­cia­ry, and the press. All the four pil­lars have cracked to a great degree and Indi­an democ­ra­cy is not healthy. In brief, we … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Jeremy Brett’s Sherlock Holmes, Bipolar Disorder and Manic Depression

I grew up watch­ing Jere­my Brett in one of my best loved TV series of Sher­lock Holmes. Brett was the quin­tes­sen­tial Holmes, nobody, nei­ther Basil Rath­bone nor Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch can come close to epit­o­miz­ing the essen­tial Sher­lock. In 2014, Brett … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Holy Shit” of Terror: Middle Ages & Renaissance

Ser­i­al killers are a spe­cial kind of breed for law enforce­ment agen­cies. This has been a pop­u­lar germ for numer­ous movies and count­less nov­els. Detec­tives inves­ti­gat­ing ser­i­al mur­ders build a pro­file of the killer based on gath­ered evi­dence, then match … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Who is an “Intellectual”?

Dur­ing my younger days, I used to dis­tin­guish peo­ple by whether they were intel­lec­tu­al or not. In those years, I was naïve enough to express it direct­ly: “Sor­ry, but you’re not an intel­lec­tu­al.” It was much lat­er that I real­ized … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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