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G-One, Ra-One…Do They Matter?

I love my comics. And I love superhero films based on them. I grew up on Amar Chitra Katha, Phantom, Mandrake, Tarzan and Marvel and DC comics and have seen virtually every superhero film made, including Superman and Batman releases from the 40s and 50s. This weekend, for example, has been reserved for Green Lantern […]

Jaipur Envy (or…why do we need to live in Mumbai?)

Who would ever have thought I could land up being envious of Jaipurites? With 3 months left for the Mumbai Marathon, I carried my running shoes on a trip to Jaipur last weekend. The hotel I was staying at directed me to a place called Central Park. I wasn’t sure what kind of park this […]

Narcissistic Twits

“Kaun Banega Crorepati” (KBC) offers an interesting window into the many Indias that live in parallel. In one such India, a contestant hopes to use the money to pay off a loan or to create a future fund for the children or to buy a house for himself/herself and the family. In another India, a […]

Break Free!

The Association of Two-Wheeler Users of India (ATWUI) has just adopted this new manifesto in their recently concluded annual general body meeting. 1. Ditch the helmets There is no need for us to wear helmets. If a policeman tries to stop us, we should just speed away. Most traffic policemen are anyway on foot and […]

When 2 + 2 Does Not Always Equal 4

Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) is an extremely engaging program when it comes to understanding the state of knowledge of the people in our country. And yet, the whole program is really only about memorizing and remembering facts and making educated guesses. Unlike in the past, more and more today, when information is freely available at […]

Return Gifts

Some readers agreed with my views last week on giving and receiving presents while others expressed their reservations. These reservations were related to the difficulty in keeping a count of gifts received, the obligation of having to return the “favor” at a later date, as well as the disharmony that occurs if the giver and […]

No Presents or Flowers, Blessings Only!

I received an SMS invite for a 50th birthday party to be held next week “…no presents or flowers. Only blessings, please!” I called my friend and told him that if he didn’t want gifts, that was his prerogative, but the next time I have a birthday party or an event, I will still want […]

Fasting with Water Only – It is a Big Deal and It Isn’t As Well!

A lot has been made about the fast that Anna Hazare and his followers undertook last week. A few news reports have even quoted his doctors saying that Anna Hazare is a “medical miracle”. This seems to be a bit of an over-the-top statement, probably because his doctors in Delhi have never handled people who […]

“Dandas” and Etiquette!

Last week’s piece brought in a large number of reader responses. Many wrote in just to say how they had thought they were the only ones and perhaps therefore abnormal for not being affected by the proceedings currently on in Delhi. The common refrain was that it has become impossible to rationally discuss with most […]

Because Everyone Does!

It’s 8.30 in the morning. You are at a traffic signal. There is a taxi on your left, a car on your right and a BEST bus behind you. There are two bikes on your extreme left. The signal is red. Everyone’s gunning the accelerator, waiting to race ahead. There is no oncoming traffic and […]