Archive | December, 2007

In her own words

He was 45, she was 36., in 1989 Referring to her blood-stained family history, Bhutto wrote in the introduction to her memoir “Daughter of the East” that “I didn’t choose this life, it chose me.”  “I know I am a symbol of what the so-called ‘Jihadists,’ Taliban and al-Qaida, most fear,” Bhutto once wrote in […]

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Nair on the moon and other stories

The gypsy that I am, while rambling around comes across this snippet, its about the people of Phillipines who “are heard talking about their beautiful country where beaches are spectacular and people are heartwarming”, here it is.. No group of people, perhaps, could assimilate with other cultures better than the Filipinos do. No other group, […]

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Every year is a 2004

I was closely following this election, and nearly missed the other one. As you know we have close to 30 chief ministers in India, but only two Adivasi rajas. The one in Kerala, Thevan Rajamannan died last week and it was a week long search for a successor. Ariyaan Raja Mannan will succeed Thevan Rajamannan […]

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Tracking Santa :)

Finally some good out of defense spending, like last year, NORAD sets you up to track Santa! And this time around it seems more fun. So whats the wait…”TRACK SANTA” and as soon as he drops the bag, close the flue 🙂 Happy Christmas!

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Katha Parayumbol

The story is a little “Malgudy”-esque and has universal appeal. A simple story set in a village with all its innocence and its unique characters The protagonist is Barber Balan (Sreenivasan) who struggles to make a living with his dilapidated saloon which he wants to renovate.

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Watching words

In his poem, “So That You Will Hear Me,” Pablo Neruda evokes the frustration of using language that resists translation. His words, which have been tailored in relation to himself, cannot illustrate his mind as he sees and feels it. But they will try anyway: “And I watch my words from a long way off.before […]

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Taare Zameen Par and Aamir Khan

Shoma Chaudury’s take on Aamir Khan and “Taare Zameen Par” on Tehelka. An excellent article which stands out for its sensitivity for the psyche of a film maker. It is less about “Taare Zameen Par” and more about 360 degree Aamir Khan, the film maker and the person. Its one of the best magazine stories I’ve […]

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Red poppy

Sonnet XXV Before I loved you, love, nothing was my own: I wavered through the streets, among objects: nothing mattered or had a name: the world was made of air, which waited. I knew rooms full of ashes, tunnels where the moon lived, rough warehouses that growled ‘get lost’, questions that insisted in the sand. […]

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Al Gore, Nobel

Seven years ago tomorrow, I read my own political obituary in a judgment that seemed to me harsh and mistaken – if not premature. But that unwelcome verdict also brought a precious if painful gift: an opportunity to search for fresh new ways to serve my purpose. Unexpectedly, that quest has brought me here. Even […]

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IFFK 2007 – Day2,Almodovar

Day 2, 12th International Film Festival of Kerala Trivandrum, Dec 8th Got my goodies and the photo Id in the morning before the morning show at Kalabhavan.The film festival has grown in the recent years, but this 12th International is “Godzillian” by standards. The schedule booklet that comes with the delegate pass is 320 pages […]

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Who needs to be educated?

Sohrabuddin was killed in a fake encounter,said the CBI and the Supreme Court. With Gujarat Elections around the corner Modi put it this way, as NDTV reported Modi asked the crowd, ”What should be done to a man who stored illegal arms and ammunition? You tell me what should have been done to Sohrabuddin?” The […]

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