An Obituary – My Car

End of a Journey

Finally, I sold my car, but reluctantly. My wife had been giving me subtle hints that I was holding onto the rusting piece for longer than I should. As the car aged and rattled, her hints also got louder and less subtle. I complained that a certain Rajnikant still drives his old car and that is seen as a symbol […]

How to make India more tolerant

Intolerance

Poor Narendra Modi seems to have lost his mojo of exploiting the PR machinery to his advantage. His appeal looks dented with the Bihar elections results. He seems to have promised too much too soon by underestimating the depth to which India has been screwed by Congress politics of appeasement. And now the jobless congress […]

Quitting that cup of Tea

The cup of ordeal

I am having my first cup of tea after 30 days. It feels like nostalgia as the tongue is wallowing in the familiar concoction of tea/ ginger/ pudina/ lemongrass. In these 30 days I have come to realise how deeply that cup of tea was entrenched in my life – it had been the 10 minute pause from […]

How to write an open letter – the trolls guide

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The world is a sucker for open-letters. Poor quality of writing or poor arguments haven’t dissuaded people from consuming or publishing them in ever greater numbers. Maybe there is an open-letter inside of you too. I have discovered some golden rules that will help you launch your own assault on the sensibilities of the world through […]

The final solution to India Vs Pakistan conflict

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The assumption here is that we want a final solution which ends the increasingly absurd conflict between India and Pakistan. The solution needs to be such that both India and Pakistan start focusing their energies and resources on things that matter to the well being of their desperately poor citizens– health, education, safety, employment etc, […]

AAP won Delhi by winning the online battle first

Power of youth in india

Aam aadmi party had been written off by all the political parties and by most media. For it to rise to power in Delhi seems almost miraculous given the lack of media coverage it got closer to the elections. How could it do so well when even the exit polls showed it to be nowhere near […]

You are being watched

Internet_dog

“On the internet, no one knows that you are a dog” was true for 1993 when it was published as a cartoon by the New Yorker. The world is different now. We have conceded a lot of ground about our identity to companies online and in exchange we get content and services for free. But […]