July 2013

A Case for Drinking, Hic!

A Case for Drinking, Hic!

During the turn of the millennium, Time magazine drew up a list of top 100s of various things. It compiled a list of 100 remarkable people, 100 greatest novels in English, 100 greatest movies, and son. A little known fact was there was also a list of worst things, 100 worst ideas of the century, and […]

Idli Sambar Go Back

Idli Sambar Go Back

In 1952, there was a student agitation in the Telengana region against the peoples of Seema-Andhra region. The Telengana people referred to them as non-mulkis, meaning non-locals. They were also, curiously, called ‘Idli Sambar’ after the staple breakfast item of the Seema-Andhra region and, of course, Tamil Nadu that was the major unit of the […]

Pseudo and Proud

Pseudo and Proud

This piece emerged as a result of Subramaniam Swamy’s sensational claim that Prof. Amartya Sen lost his ‘Indianness’ because he is married to a foreigner. Thankfully, instead of lingering on the absurd question of Prof. Sen’s lack of ‘Indianness’, the debate shifted to the fight between true-and pseudo-secular. By true-secular, I am referring, sarcastically of […]

Is Your Belief Yours? Really?

Years ago, one of my friends, who hails from a slum in south Chennai, made an observation that I still remember. ‘Almost all Puttarbarti Saibaba devotees are all rich people, and Brahmins,’ he said casually. By rich he meant relatively which means middle and upper middle class. By Brahmins he meant all upper castes. He […]

Mariyan

Cast: Dhanush, Parvathi Menon, Appukutty, Salim Kumar, Uma Riyaz Khan; Music: A R Rahman; Direction: Bharat Bala There’s a lovely scene at the very early stages of the film. Panimalar, the lead girl in the film, goads Maryan into visiting their neighbourhood church. She is desperately in love with him although he doesn’t reciprocate it. […]

Living Rich at Rs.1300

Living Rich at Rs.1300

My first job was in Mysore, a leafy, quiet town situated about 150 km south west of Bangalore. I went there without much money and used to receive my salary (of Rs. 1300) in cash. I was staying in a bachelor’s accommodation and one month somebody stole my salary money from the cupboard. For the […]

Lessons From Batla

Lessons From Batla

Today, a crucial judgement passed has been passed in one of the Delhi courts on a controversial encounter case. The controversy and the verdict have far-reaching consequences. Just a bit of refresh to understand the background. Based on an alleged tip off, seven officers from Delhi Police stormed an apartment building in Delhi’s Batla House […]

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Food Security Bill, the most important and flagship bill that the current UPA government is expected to table during the winter session has come under severe criticism from all sides of the spectrum. Fearing that it may not be passed, what with the BJP up in arms against the current regime, the government has already […]

The God of Small Things

The God of Small Things

This is not a piece about Modi. Before all those ardent fans and fanatics jump at me, I would like to say I’m myself getting quite tired of writing about him. But I should thank him for providing me the subject for today’s blog piece. Whilst I was sifting through various materials and wondering what […]

Lesson Time

Lesson Time

A week ago the Supreme Court passed two key judgements. One was if a legislator is convicted they will be disqualified from their post on the same day. Previously, if an MP or an MLA is convicted, they would have three months’ time to appeal and during this period, can continue as legislators. Now, they […]