Category Archives: Peeves & Rants

A Dislocated Jaw in Mid-Air

A couple of month ago, I was on my way back from Bhubaneshwar with a couple of other doctor friends. I was trying to catch up on some shows on my iPAD and had my noise-canceling QC-20 earphones on, when one of my colleagues nudged me. I looked at him and he signalled me to […]

Why I Did not Return All Those Valentine’s Day Greetings!!!

Wikipedia says that Valentine’s Day was first introduced in India around 1992 due to channels like MTV. Perhaps! My wife and I, fossils that we now seem to be, started celebrating this day around 1986. It used to be a special day for us when we would reiterate our love for each other and exchange […]

The “Chubbies” of Club Mahindra

We are not Club Mahindra members, but this year when we thought of a short holiday in Munnar, this was the only property everyone said we must visit. It is also among the few Club Mahindra properties that has hotel rooms given out to non-members and we managed to get a booking. The property is […]

Indigo Airline’s Customer Snafus

This email came to me in the morning from Indigo. I sent a reply related to the “gender” issue the moment I received it but I still haven’t heard from them. When will they ever learn how to handle customers? _________________________________________________________________ Dear Sir / Madam, Seriously? You can’t be bothered to find out my gender? […]

The Top 10 Things We Can Do to Help Mr. Modi Reboot to India 2.0

In the aftermath of Mr. Modi’s win, we now have a bunch of WA messages doing the rounds, “requesting” Mr. Modi to do everything…take care of the roads, ensure drinkable tap water, provide 24-hours electricity, prevent FDI in retail and so on. Mr. Modi may be the Prime Minister, but he does not have magic […]

Whose Women’s Day is it Anyway!

Last Saturday was “Women’s Day” and you couldn’t miss it on WA. There was a surge of women-men jokes and posts, some saccharine sweet, extolling the virtues of mothers, wives, daughters, etc., others taking pot shots at all those men who fail to recognize how fortunate they are to have women in their lives. This […]

The Value of Credibility in a Conflicted World

The most accurate of scientific facts, the best done research in the world and the most legitimate of movements can be instantly discredited if the people involved are seen to have conflicts of interest and credibility issues. A couple of years ago, STS called me for advice. People in his building and neighborhood led by […]

The God Conceit

Last week, Jai Arjun Singh, in his terrific blog Jabberwock, described the current television version of Krishna in the new Mahabharata, as a “smug, forever-in-control avatar, constantly manipulating events towards the Greater Good”. The Krishna character’s conceited smile gets under my skin too, often making me want to just shake him hard to get that […]

Happy Birthday Wishes

A funny thing happened recently. I celebrated my 49th birthday earlier this week. Last weekend, while scanning Facebook, Bijal casually wondered why my friends had already started wishing me. I logged in and found a bunch of Happy Birthday messages on my FB Wall. Apparently, one friend had decided to wish me in advance and […]

The Good Samaritan Problem

The lady asked, “What is your full name?” I said, “Bhavin Jankharia.” “Please tell me your maiden name.” That’s when I blew and told the lady on the phone that I wanted to withdraw my donation to her charity, ABC. To rewind! A month ago, KS rang the bell on a Sunday evening. I opened […]