Direct Democracy in India: a Possibility?


While in one of my recent posts (click), I had questioned the validity of this subconscious idea that “consensus by majority is the best way to reach decisions for a huge heterogeneous community, like the Indian population”, no other method that could replace populist decision-making seems plausible. So, democracy is here to stay. But the […]

Majority


Majority’s are the amplified views of the select, influential (manipulative) few. Probably, that is why most of the views on any issue could be clubbed into few categories (corresponding to the number of factions pushing a particular view). Of course, another reason could be the limited number of opinions that could be formed on any […]

A divorce… that could not last.


They had been married ever since they could remember–more than 20 years now. They did not even remember if it was out of love, or was it arranged. They were so young, it was called an infant marriage! It was thaaaat long. They always viewed things from different perspectives, yet somehow always managed to focus […]

Up against “What’s up?”; please help! :(


Long back my parents would ask me to be more graceful in dealing with relatives, e.g., to ask them “tamey kem chho” [Gujarati for “How’re you”?], though it literally means not “how”, but “why are you?”! Isn’t that offending, or at least a deeply existential query? Plus, I used to find it pointless. I’d ask, […]

Extraordinarily Ordinary Post: stretching a ‘dabba’ phone to its limits!


This might be an ordinary-looking post, and the more ordinary it looks, the more extraordinary, in fact it is! I use a simple Java-based phone (click) for web access to e.g., publish many blog-posts and comment on blogs. Today however, I wanted to try Mail2blogger (click), a Blogger-service which enables users to simply email a […]

Sequel to My Post ‘Do I deserve pink chaddis?’ – Guest post by Sioneve


This is actually a guest post by Sioneve. We had a small blanter (blog+banter) here (click) She had promised to do a small story on how my conversation with my kids would turn out if one of them ended up like the girl in my post–‘Do I deserve pink chaddis?’ (click). So well, here goes […]

Figures of Speech


Have you ever wondered how wonderful an invention the human language is? Words can stand for meanings so specific, that people spend their entire lives, just mulling over each word, its possible synonyms, the subtleties in the differences of their meanings–writing judgements of court cases, or ‘terms and conditions’ on a web site, or a […]

Educational post


Smart Kid: Please gimme first rank this time at least! Smart God: I can’t. Others are also asking for the same thing! SK: That’s unfair! I come just second everytime. 😦 SG: Calculate area under the curve of what everyone gets in their lives against time, and you’ll know, I’m very fair. SK: I don’t […]