Monthly Archives: June 2010

Steady Erosion in Artistic Merit

Will come straight to the point. This has been running through my mind for several months now, as usual. Thing is I had difficulty getting to the depth of the problem. How do I get to the base of the … Continue reading

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Why Social Media and Blogging Are Important These Days

And this article is for all those sceptics who are sceptical (no less!) about the importance of online social media and blogs for those sneering at why they are at all necessary. ICICI Bank could scotch rumours about a run … Continue reading

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When’s the Author’s Best Output

The best writing of a writer comes in the evening of his/her life considering that Hemingway wrote “Old Man and the Sea” when he was sixty-two and a certain Hilary Mantel wrote her novel in her late fifties. There is … Continue reading

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Is Exclusivist Ideology the Answer?

This comes from Annie Zaidi, whose book Known Turf was released recently. I was there at the launch at Landmark, my first visit to this area of the city: “If ordinary Muslims cannot find the courage to look within, to … Continue reading

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Israeli Ultra-orthodox Education

It comes as a surprise (serendipitous, though) to me that Jews of Israel have their own ultra-orthodox schools which teach nothing but the Torah – Jewish Bible, according to this article in BBC. “But now a group of leading secular … Continue reading

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Our Griefs Are Indeed Great! Apocalypse Now!

This happened yesterday. I sat there numb as I read the headline, too dumb for words. My whole life flashed past me as if I was about to die, as if, as if, it isn’t worth doing anything anymore, writing … Continue reading

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We Don’t Say Anything Helpful – We Are Like That Only!

The following passage from “Letter to Sister Benedicta” by author Rose Tremain (link via author John Baker’s blog) had me puzzled and then sit up with a feeling of serendipity. Truly epiphanic. Taste it: “Oh, no, Gerald!” I [Sister Benedicta, … Continue reading

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