I, Vegan (v-gun)

I have been a vegan for one and a half years now. Keeping low profile most of the time. Never actively trying to propogate the idea. Finally, I feel I should talk about it more. At least make people aware that it is possible to live a cruelty free life. Human species is evolving fast. ...

Life Templates

There are templates for everything. You buy a greeting card for your loved one. It does n’t matter even if it takes half the time and double the pleasure to make one yourself. You know, everybody buys. Life insurance, a housing loan for your sweet home and a mutual fund portfolio. Very popular financial plan ...

Birth Certificate

United States law makes it illegal for a person to become its president if he/she is not born in the country. Makes sense, right ? You do not need a Phd in Political Science to rationalize this law. It is just about national security. Obama had to ‘prove’ that he was born in the USA. ...

annam brahma

अन्नम् ब्रह्म – “annam brahma” is an old Hindu idea which roughly means “Food is God”. If that sounds too primitive, watch the movie “Food Inc” to learn why America is in deep trouble because it sees food as just a commodity. The movie will change forever the way you look at food. Here is ...

India’s Soft Power !

What a speech by the MP Shashi Tharoor on what India means to the world in 21st century ! Again, he proves that he is one of the best Indian politicians ever. See for yourself in this TED Video. I wish he becomes India’s Prime Minister in the near future, though I doubt it will ...

Sick of Capitalism

I always had a sick feeling about capitalism since it considers money as God. (that is my understanding of it) This week’s “Week” magazine has Mahesh Dattani putting it in black and white in the last page article “A sickness called capitalism“. I could not agree more !

Corporate Poison 1

“Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.” – Native American Prophecy The world’s worst industrial disaster happened in India. Bhopal gas tragedy. The company responsible was US ...

Wow Tharoor !

Sashi Tharoor is the only guy in the Congress camp whom I wished should win in the 2009 Lok Sabha Polls. He won from Thiruvananthapuram where I was born. I know him through his articles in “The Hindu – Sunday Magazine”. I like his sensible style of speech. I like him for his open and ...

Ur’bane’ ?

>Are we addicted to urban life ?Are n’t hours of daily commuting to office in hellish traffic reason enough to move back to small towns ? Are n’t cities killing the earth ? Is n’t your city life killing your natural state of being ?But town life is so slow moving… It lacks energy… The ...

Thanking Sanskrit 3

Sanskrit is one of the most important things that binds us as a nation. After millennia, Sanskrit continues to inspire us in many big and small ways. For example, when you think of naming your child, you almost certainly look for Sanskrit names – beautiful ones. There is no other language in the world which ...

Keep rocking, Tamil ! 9

>When Tamil Nadu Government announced tax exemption for Tamil movies with Tamil titles, I did not feel bad. This act was different from the usual Tamil-fanatic acts that the ruling party is known for. I was never amused by titles like ‘Jeans’, ‘New’, ‘Run’ etc. in the past. An occasional English name that is relevant ...

Ordinary Life 12

>Most of us try hard to remain ordinary throughout our lives. Every facet of our lives is plagued by ordinariness. We often fear that we might become different during the course of life. We try everything to prevent it from happening. We make sure that we wear the leading brand of Jeans (If we can ...

Bhel Puri Wisdom

>When I was a kid, I used to love spicy food. I did not like too much of sweet stuff then. It wonders me that these days I have developed a better liking for sweet food and am slowly moving away from spicy food. I do not know the exact reason, but I like to ...

Sundaram Samskritam 1

>“The Sanskrit language is of a wonderful structure, more perfect than Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either”– Sir William Jones, Third Address to the Asiatick Society of Bengal It is very unfortunate that most Indians lack the knowledge of Sanskrit – That means we have a big chest of ...

Unusual Week 2

>My energy has been unusually high this week. Some unusual things I did: Tried (and succeeded partly) to stay consciously relaxed throughout my day – be it at office or home. Walked from office to home on 4 days of the week (more than 3 kms distance). My legs did not ache a bit. On ...

Loving your Job 9

>SWill I ever truly love my job ? Should I ? Five years in the IT industry have made me realize that work is just work.The fire that burned in my belly when I was a fresher is no more.There was a time when I admired mere source code. Now that illusion has dissolved. I ...

How to name it ? 11

Modern Indian society is going through an interesting phase in the area of child-naming. Suddenly realizing his/her global identity, the young Indian parent is breaking traditional conventions while naming his/her kid. Trying to find that perfect balance between modernity and tradition, he/she hopes to build a great brand for the offspring in the society. Some ...

Masala Chai 4

>A new flavour is spreading across the continents. A poor third world country is slowly emerging out of the globe. An over populated, over polluted land in South Asia is starting to make an impact in the global society. Many things Indian are entering the lives of the world citizen in a big way. Yoga ...

Soft Tamil

> A Tamilian, I did schooling in English medium in Kerala, learnt Hindi and Malayalam as additional languages. I read and write these three languages better than my mother tongue – Tamil. But, I feel truly at home only when I speak Tamil ! I sometimes feel sad that I have not given my mother ...

Mummy Tongue 1

>Indians are the best non native speakers of English in the world. This has had a role to play in Indians grabbing a large piece of the technology cake. Every Indian parent dreams of his/her child speaking flamboyant English. This has resulted in people like me, who can read, write and in some scenarios speak ...

Joy of walking 1

Walking is a joy. Ever tried to enjoy walking in the roads of so called Silicon Valley of India – Bangalore ? Walking on roads of this city is a nightmare for people like me who believe that walking a while everyday can offset health problems later in life. Pedestrians are considered outcast here. They ...

Mother ‘Tongue’ 1

Everybody is born with a tongue. Our tongues tell us at some point in our lives that the type of food that we got used to eating in our childhood is the best in the world. Why does my tongue tell me that Curd Rice with Sambar is next only to ‘devamritam’ (divine nectar) ? ...