Monthly Archives: August 2009

Material versus Style in Writing

Many aspiring writers are faced with this dilemma: material or style? What comes first, what comes after? Is one greater than the other, is one subsumed by the other? Many writers have excellent material but bad style; many have excellent … Continue reading

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Layoffs Singapore Way!

A fire alarm rings at 4 p.m. when almost 5000 shift employees are in the office. The entire office is evacuated within 3 minutes and every employee gathers outside. 10 minutes… 15 minutes… 20 minutes…. There comes an announcement on … Continue reading

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Michael Jackson, Peter Pan, You Should Have Stopped and Smelt the Flowers.

My obsession with Michael Jackson continues…. Come to think of it, Michael Jackson was the ultimate control freak. In his autobiography (which I have read, knowing son Ronnie’s obsession with him) he mentions how he was maniacal about little details. … Continue reading

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Another Ganeshotsav, Need Introspection.

Another Ganeshotsav; am in a reflective mood. Hm. Need introspection. Some “chintan baithak” such as the one the right wingers are doing. Guess introspection has gone sour. Now even Arun Shourie is aiming brickbats at the top brass. Does anyone … Continue reading

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മലയാളികള്‍ക്ക് മാത്രം . Only for Mallus!

ട്രെയിനില്‍ അടുത്തിരുന്ന കതനയകന്‍ വളരെ രസകരമായ ഭാഷയില്‍ സംസാരിക്കുകായിരുന്നു: പണി എടുത്തേ മുന്നേറാന്‍ പറ്റുള്ളൂ , എടൊ.പാര്‍ട്ട്‌ ലോഡ് ചെയ്താല്‍ എന്റെ പകുതി ജീവന്‍ പോകും.ഒരു പണ്ടാരമില്ലേയ് പശൂനേയ്‌ കൊണ്ട് നടക്കുന്ന? അവന്റെ തലയില്‍ പിടിചെല്പിക്കണം, എടൊ. എന്ത് ചെറ്റത്തരം അനെടോ കാണിക്കുന്നത്? ഇത് വരെ ലക്ഷ്യമില്ലതേ ചുറ്റി കറങ്ങി നടകുകയയിരുന്നല്ലോ? ഇനി മോന്‍ കുറച്ചു … Continue reading

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Flaneur-ing in Bombay

The Colaba Causeway in the night is a fusion of multi-hued lights. It’s where the rich and famous shop and where two of my favourite watering holes are situated – Mondegar and Leopold. Also Indigo is a stone’s throw away, … Continue reading

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The Saffron Party’s Obsession with Deifying Jinnah, and Their Foot-in-Mouth Obsession!

My friend and blog fan Manish Sadhwani says I should blog about the latest episode in the persistent Jinnah controversy which keeps dogging the Bharatiya Janata Party. I think it is a good idea. Actually it’s a case of a … Continue reading

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