Monthly Archives: January 2010

Madhu Koda- one more scam…

In a country where one scam is uncovered every second month and the scam value has a series of unending zeroes trailing behind it, who cares anymore for a hundred-crore scam? Since 1992, the total money involved in scams in India stands approximately at an enormous Rs. 73 lakh crore. Does that strike a chord? Continue reading

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Nationalism is but extended Regionalism

I was discussing the idea of dividing land for personal interests. India is probably the only country where states and provinces are divided on the basis of languages and cultures. Sometimes I wondered, what it would be if it was divided by intersecting straight lines as in US or Canada? Recent demands of Telangana evoked this complaint of mine again.. I went back home for holidays and as ever, was discussing these social issues with my father. He gave me an interesting insight into these things. Continue reading

Ramayana, as I see it

It is interesting how A K Ramanujan’s essay throws great light on the ways Ramayan is told in different parts of the subcontinent. I think of Ramayana as some form of true story, or folklore which got mixed up into religion and later exaggerated. I’ll try to justify Ramayana as a story that can be believed. Continue reading

Blood donation on Muharram

Muharram passed recently. This is the day of martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed. When Muslims from all over the world conduct mourning processions, beating their chests and backs with chains, to observe Yaum-e-Ashura, the 10th day of Muharram which is the first month of the Islamic calendar. Considered a day of bereavement, many Muslims observe fast, give charity and pray in remembrance of Hussain who was martyred this day around 1,400 years ago at Karbala in Iraq. Continue reading

Why Sarabhai vs Sarabhai is different?

Sarabhai vs. Sarabhai is a television show that aired on Star One during the year 2005. It will always be remembered for its comic values. What makes this comedy different is its portrayal of characters. A common Hindi sitcom is known to have an old fashioned saas (mother in law), a serious sasur (father in law), an overly charming son and his modern wife and a younger brother being loved by his father (in a way ofcourse). Well, in SVS, everything is just the reverse 🙂 Continue reading

Open Source vs Proprietary

First, let’s define what open source is and dispel some myths. Open source software is sometimes referred to as free software. “Free” in this case means freedom to do as you wish with the software, not price. As Richard Stallman, founder of Free Software Foundation states, “Free software is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of ‘free’ as in ‘free speech’, not as in ‘free beer’!” Eloquently put! Continue reading

V Shantaram- The forgotten magician

There have been a very few filmmakers in India who can be compared with V. Shantaram. With a directional career of about 70 years from 1927 (Netaji Palkar)to 1986 (Jhanjhar), he a one-of-his-own-kind Legend. Continue reading