Politics
A molehill called ‘a slip of the tongue’

A molehill called ‘a slip of the tongue’

Poor molehills and moles have been a troubled lot ever since Nicholas Udall wrote that ‘the Sophistes of Grece coulde through their copiousness make an Elephant of a flye, and a mountaine of a mollehill’ in 1548. Mole, as a known word had existed for less than two hundred years when this happened. But molehills...
Unparliamentary words are so entertaining

Unparliamentary words are so entertaining

Entertainment is the only reason why reading a newspaper or vegetating while watching TV debates are so popular despite all the hype about people going into depressive states and wanting to switch to becoming a home chef with the single aim of clicking pictures for Instagram. It is the words and expressions used and the...
North Korea wins the ban-race

North Korea wins the ban-race

If anyone in the world needs cheer this Christmas, it is the North Korean citizen. They are spending their eleven days of complete black-out of any form of laughter and fun… it is not just laughing that is banned, but also celebrating birthdays, drinking, and even mourning their dead! Banning ‘leisure activities’ obviously includes the...
You are being cheeky, Mr. Minister

You are being cheeky, Mr. Minister

When Gulabrao Patil from Shiv Sena made it to the headlines for remarking that those who had ‘been MLAs for 30 years should come to my constituency and see the roads. If they are not like Hema Malini’s cheeks, then I will resign’ he was probably thinking of those millions of quotes that one comes...
Pride, Prejudice, and Punditry – a review

Pride, Prejudice, and Punditry – a review

Seventy-five previously published articles, stories, poems, columns, and excerpts from his books (both fiction and non-fiction) with most having ‘been expanded or updated, or both’ are powerful enough to be more than just snippets of history of things that matter to Indians. Maybe even everyone else around the world. I call these pieces more than...
What are they talking about? Bhakt, bhakti, and brickbats

What are they talking about? Bhakt, bhakti, and brickbats

If you think you know what bhakti means, you obviously have no idea that someone on urban dictionary defines it as ‘the act of falling asleep or randomly leaving instant messenger without an away message and not returning for a few hours. The act of asking too my hypothetical questions’ and if you did that...
Make in India is not always as great as it sounds

Make in India is not always as great as it sounds

Going beyond logic is fast becoming a national pastime. I mean, look at the way ordinances, legislations, regulations, prohibitions, lockdowns, and bans compete with protests, PILs, marches, chakka-jams, bandhs, rants on the social media platforms, and rallies. The list on both sides is much larger than what you read here and if I were to...
Baahubalis everywhere – left, right, and centre

Baahubalis everywhere – left, right, and centre

Baahubalis create stories, act in them, power them all, and sometimes live the stories in their story. This breed, so firmly entrenched in Indian politics for decades now, has completely over-hauled the way democracy interacts with the way social activism behaves, the directions that justice for those in need must adopt, and even the art...
Newspaper headlines are not slogans for politicians

Newspaper headlines are not slogans for politicians

I still read newspapers. They educate, inform, and give a direction to the views that I hold. It is newspapers that print stuff that someone somewhere may never want to read in print. It is also the responsibility of newspapers to make sure that they do not filter out the unsavory facts that the powerful...
Ram Bahadur and Oli

Ram Bahadur and Oli

The soul of Ravan chuckled and didn’t quite LoL-ed or ROFL-ed because he wasn’t updated about the new internet lingo going around in the human world. He turned to Ram and guffawed, ‘Never seen you with a khukri, sir… ever!’ ‘What?’ replied Ram, ‘I didn’t quite get you. I mean, I know you are quite...
Freedom to disagree isn’t dead in India

Freedom to disagree isn’t dead in India

Many may not be aware but there was a time when the Coffee House on the top floor of Mohan Singh Place on Baba Khadak Singh Marg near Connaught Place in New Delhi was the place where one could overhear a wide range of revolutionary and radical ideas. There were known and unknown writers, struggling...
Article 370 – is it political pluck or incompetent tomfoolery?

Article 370 – is it political pluck or incompetent tomfoolery?

There is an old joke where a tourist’s car got stuck in a muddy patch and raising acceleration didn’t help. A local on a bullock cart was passing by and helped him in exchange for a certain favour. This seemingly helpful local told the politician that he assisted many such people who regularly got stuck...