Category Archives: culture

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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Kaande-Pohe Ritual in Maharashtra, India

In my cul­ture, when a prospec­tive bride­groom vis­its a prospec­tive bride in the con­text of an “arranged mar­riage”, it is a cus­tom for the girl to pre­pare “kaande-pohe” and the guy is sup­posed to then assess her cook­ing skills based … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Encouraging Superstition on TV

A few days back, I was watch­ing a children’s real­i­ty show on TV, Zee Saregama­pa Lit­tle Champs. Young chil­dren sing and com­pete in this show, and there are two judges, one of whom is Ms. Alka Yag­nik. After one of … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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The Power Of One

A con­ver­sa­tion between a small girl (Scout) and her father (Atti­cus) from To Kill A Mock­ing­bird: “Do you defend nig­gers, Atti­cus?” I asked him that evening. “Of course I do. Don’t say nig­ger, Scout. That’s com­mon.” “ ‘s what every­body … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Religion vs. Gender Equality & Feminism

How do reli­gions treat women? How do eman­ci­pat­ed women treat reli­gion? A sequence of events recent­ly has made my mind unqui­et over this sub­ject. Nita asked if Hin­duism was com­ing of age, with peo­ple per­form­ing the sacred ‘thread cer­e­mo­ny’ on … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Web Graveyard Update

I had recent­ly moot­ed the con­cept of WebGraveyard.com, where your pres­ence in the online world will for­ev­er be pre­served, includ­ing your social net­work­ing pro­files, blogs, etc. If any­one is yet not con­vinced this is a great idea, check out Online-Funer­al. … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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