Monthly Archives: July 2006

This me reading from Penguin’s “India Smiles” collection of short stories. “India Smiles” started as a global short story contest for humorous fiction organized by Sulekha. The contest received five thousand entries and my short story “Flirting in Short Messages” … Continue reading

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The gorier the better? Is it?

“The horrors no sooner settle into a corner of my mind when a whole new set begins,” doesn’t seem like a nice quote to begin a blog post. But these words of a fellow member of an online forum – … Continue reading

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Why I am against the nuclear deal with the US

So the US congress has passed the bill to supply nuclear fuel to India. Now why am I cribbing against nuclear energy though it is supposed to be clean, efficient, and the only answer to India’s power woes? Excerpted from … Continue reading

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"India Smiles" is just out from Penguin India!

Penguin has just published "India Smiles" the result of the "India Smiles" global short story contest run by Sulekha. Out of the thousands of entries received sixty were short-listed and this volume contains the top twenty six stories that made … Continue reading

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Johnwriter’s Raves & Rants!: Trapped child is channel’s darling!

Trapped child is channel’s darling! Sorry the newslink I posted below doesn’t work. Try this link instead. Video courtesy BBC.

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Trapped child is channel’s darling!

The wife says, “Why this big fuss about a child trapped in a borewell for forty-nine hours? Why this twenty-four hour coverage on television and newspapers when children are begging on the streets, working non-stop in virtual imprisonment?” I scratch … Continue reading

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Dan launches blog: Writers Against Terrorism (((applause)))

Stumbled on this quote by accident: “For us Africans, literature must serve a purpose: to expose, embarrass, and fight corruption and authoritarianism… .It is understandable why the African artist is utilitarian,” written by African writer Ama Ata Aidoo. Methinks even … Continue reading

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