The notorious ‘narrative’

TV news channel viewers who, if lucky to hear something from amidst the din of the tube, would not have missed the subtle shift in the debates in the last few years. I am not referring to the nature of the debate, which remains the same: Noisy and incomprehensible. What I am alluding to is the new language and lexicon by which it has, well, remained the same: Noisy and incomprehensible. Continue Reading

Me 2.0: A 2019 sequel

I have set my goal for 2019: freedom, liberation. I have used these terms interchangeably though they are not the same. Liberation represents a loftier ideal but compressing it to my convenience comes under, well, press freedom. Yes, I just want to be free. Continue Reading

From banking to bunking

The most disturbing aspect about bankers is the sinister timing of their agitations. A close study of the ‘strike-holiday-weekend’ trend will prove this point. Normally, it used to be Pongal time. But, this year, the bankers have chosen Christmas, not of course precluding the Pongal possibility. Continue Reading

Hungry birds

And then pops up this viral video of a famished food delivery ‘boy’ of an online company, gorging on, well, food, en route, to the delivery destination. This certainly offers some delicious food for thought, more palatable than the stale poll meals that have given an indigestion to politicos, pundits and people alike. Continue Reading

2 is the new ‘one’

Mathematicians will be aghast but 2 is a prime number now. Rajinikanth, who is known for doing impossible things on screen (he holds the record for defying gravity by flying for the longest time and in the process knocking out scores of villains in mid-air before touching ground zero), is the architect of this arithmetic acrobatic. Continue Reading

Nature’s second nature

Nature is beautiful, bountiful, blissful and benevolent. But it also often defies its own nature, and turns brutal and beastly. Gaja is the latest reminder that behind Mother nature’s picture perfect facade lurks a potential monster with multiple faces. Continue Reading