Category Archives: India

The Importance of my Earnest Vote in A Comedy of Errors

I vot­ed in the 2014 Indi­an Lok Sab­ha elec­tions today, after research­ing for many days about the dif­fer­ent can­di­dates up for elec­tion in Pune. I vot­ed today after dis­cov­er­ing yes­ter­day that I was not vot­ing in the Pune con­stituen­cy at … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Shala (2011) Movie Review

A refresh­ing break from all kinds of main­stream movies, Sha­la (2011) pro­vides a glimpse into teenage love dur­ing school­days, in a rur­al set­ting and back­drop of Maha­rash­tra, India. It is a movie that will take many Maha­rash­tri­ans on a trip … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Road From Democracy to Fascism

The recent storm cre­at­ed by the Shiv Sena in Maha­rash­tra is indica­tive of a resur­gent Fas­cism as cor­rect­ly not­ed by Soli Sorab­jee. This rot in Maha­rash­tra is elo­quent­ly ana­lyzed by Prat­ap Bhanu Mehta, which you must read to get a … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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In Remembrance of 26/11 and Thanksgiving to the Heroes

Warn­ing: A post with­out struc­ture, theme or com­po­si­tion. Sense­less unedit­ed out­pour­ing. Read at your own risk. Blood, bul­lets, and deaths. Bru­tal vio­lence. Screams. Help­less­ness. Despair. Pain. Courage. A nation of a bil­lion aspir­ing to be on the UN Secu­ri­ty Coun­cil … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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What Is Wrong With This Picture?

When I was a kid, I loved to play a game that came in some comics and mag­a­zines: What’s wrong with the pic­ture? You had to spot illog­i­cal, unre­al, mis­matched and oth­er such odd­i­ties hid­den in small details in the … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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India Swine Flu Helpline Details & Contact Information

With the first swine flu death report­ed in my city of Pune, I thought I’d pro­vide some Swine Flu relat­ed infor­ma­tion spe­cif­ic to India. Swine Flu India is the cen­tral web­site for all infor­ma­tion and updates. The Min­istry of Health … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Mentally Challenged, Raped, Pregnant. Abort?

While Barack Oba­ma pro­claims White House sup­port to the UN Con­ven­tion on the Rights of Peo­ple with Dis­abil­i­ties to which India is a sig­na­to­ry, the Indi­an Supreme Court has deliv­ered a land­mark judg­ment in a unique case of young woman … 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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Pune Blog Camp 2: Reflections

Many folks asked me for an update on Pune’s Blog Camp, after the pre­vi­ous pho­­to-post. How was the expe­ri­ence? Was it worth it? Who was there? Not being diplo­mat­ic, I can say that the expe­ri­ence was an inter­est­ing one for … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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