In response to Sunita Aron’s Blog post titled: “Gujarat wins, Modi loses”


Following is the comment I had submitted on Sunita Aron’s (click) HT Blog (click) titled Gurajat wins, Modi loses (click). The numbered quotes are taken directly from the published blog post and appended below each of them are my corresponding thoughts. 1. “One can hate Narendra Modi” Yes, one can hate anything/anyone one wants to, […]

Unity in Diversity, eh?


I am not very good at history. Suddenly one day, this is what struck me: The genesis of the Great Indian Mutiny of 1857 lay, not in love and affection for the fellow Indian brethren, but which animal’s fat the cartridges be made of, which were to be used for killing, maiming, threatening, exploiting and […]

Kolkata lady works hard to earn bachelor’s degree; husband, in-laws harass in return


Kolkata: Parboti (name changed) had toiled hard for five years to balance her household chores to complete her degree in humanities in face of constant protests from in-laws. Her major concern was to be able to supplement the meager family income. After realizing her dream however, the constant harassment from in-laws and husband forced her […]

Shades of ‘Justification’ of Violence: Modi v/s Setalvad


It is widely believed that the current Chief Minister of Gujarat (click) – Narendra Modi (click) – had ‘justified’ the post-Godhra riots (click) by invoking the Newton’s third law of motion. In other words, the impression that is formed is that he said something to the effect that “as Muslims had killed Hindus travelling by […]

Commonwealth Games will Not be a Dud – a Prediction


Please do not think the above title is written sarcastically, or that what follows is some kind of satire. No, rather quite to the contrary, I write the following in earnest. I have for quite some time been skeptical of motives and methods of those who work for the Indian media, especially the national media, […]

Why the Indian National Media appears Anti-Hindu


I had conceived the following post in response to a question posed by Bhagwad Jal Park in the comments section of his post – Quran Burning – A book is not a person (click). I reproduce the pertinent portion of his question here: “As far as the media goes, I’d like to dig a little […]

Ethics in Tangents: Part 2 – Ethicality and False sense of Obligation of Producing Children


What follows is modified and significantly expanded from one of my (long) tweets, but it contains doubts/conjectures that I have had for a long time, and which I have articulated at various places in different words. How ethical is the decision to have a child? If it sounds weird, by it, I mean, do prospective […]

Re-contamination


I feel contaminated. That tight embrace, that laughter, that pleasure, that mischief in her eye, which I could not see yet sense; that betrayal, which I saw and yet could not look at – all unwelcome, yet all are keeping on returning to me. Why? Why the fuck are they returning? My acquaintance with this […]

Counterintuitive Ideas on Career-Choice


Do not make that you are most passionate about, your source of livelihood That is what I have told many people who I interact with online. A few disclaimers are in order, though. I have not yet practically begun my career, so great portion of my analysis is purely conjectural. Also, the above idea if […]

Survival of the Fittest – a Counterintuitive Example and Evolution of Man


Charles Darwin (click) had put forth the theory of natural selection (click), which has been defined by Wikipedia as follows: Natural selection is the process by which certain heritable traits – those that make it more likely for an organism to survive and successfully reproduce – become more common in a population over successive generations. […]