Monthly Archives: November 2009

Dear Teacher, Your Questions Are Mistaken!

A colleague brings me a second-standard-child’s homework. He is flummoxed. His child can’t answer it because it seems too profound. Neither can he, though he is almost, not exactly, literate. He sees me as somebody erudite, which impression I maintain … Continue reading

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The US’s Chinese Obsession. Can Manmohan Undo the Damage?

Regarding the recent shift in US’s allegiance to China, Fareed Zakaria writes in The Newsweek, “Obama must keep in mind that South Asia is a tar pit filled with failed and dysfunctional states, save for one long-established democracy of 1.2 … Continue reading

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A Brave Wife’s Account: Vinita Kamte’s Book "To the Last Bullet"

Vinita Kamte, wife of Ashok Kamte, who was killed in the encounter with terrorists on November 26, 2008 (the anniversary is tomorrow) has alleged in a book titled To the Last Bullet, co-authored by journalist Vinita Deshmukh, several lapses by … Continue reading

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How Credible Is Our Media?

In this blog I had decried the vested interests that manage the media these days. According to commonly available information, editorial freedom and integrity that are vital to the survival and credibility of newspapers seem to have been compromised and … Continue reading

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Writing a Novel Is Tough, Really Tough!

Writing a novel is a tough, difficult job. Apart from plotting there are the characterizations, the settings, the subject, the voice, the tone, the foreshadowing, the explication of ordinary things you understand but others do not, the picking up of … Continue reading

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New York Times Gives Blogs, Online Networks Their Due

While on the subject of New York Times (NYT) I am amazed to see that the articles centre around people’s experiences in online forums like Facebook, Orkut, Myspace, Twitter and such like. Is NYT following a future trend before it … Continue reading

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Obama’s Men-only Obsession

Over at the white House, as New York Times reports in a front page article, the major crib is that Obama is surrounded by men, and not pretty female interns. A picture shows Obama trying to basket a ball, watched … Continue reading

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