Indian Culture

Dear Ganpati Bappa

I was astounded by Hazare’s dexterity to unite the people of this country for a common cause – fight corruption. Anna did a splendid job in channelizing the anger of his countrymen. However, I am still skeptical about will it really eradicate corruption. I frankly still don’t know what Lokpal Bill is all about, how …

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Exploring Tradition and a New Culture

These boys have never visited any place like Lal Mahal, Shaniwar Wada or Aga Khan Palace. They can’t speak a single language properly. They do not care for past or future. They are obsessed with the present. And I like that. They don’t respect the people they don’t know or they haven’t heard of. The …

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Slavery – The Book, Mahatma Phule, and Obama

Seldom have politicians of this country offered moments to appreciate them. In recent times it has been a dream. What a way to meet and welcome the head of the most powerful state in the world! First you beat the seeds out of the grain of the consul general of that powerful state when almost …

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Train to ‘Hindu’stan…

‘Mukhavata’ and ‘Hindu-Pricey Junk of Living’ Juxtaposed! On 341st page of his novel, ‘Hindu’, Bhalchandra Namade quotes, “…napping modestly and yawning fearlessly we heard the Maharaj’s long talk…” It is ditto true for his hardbound copy of the 600+ page novel. Till you reach the above sentence, the novel forces you to writhe, yawn, sleep, and …

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Shantata! Court Chaloo Aahe!

Shantata! Court Chaloo Aahe (Silence! The Court is in Session)                                      — Mock Trial of Real Life… Sakharam Binder, the finest Indian play in a thousand years: Girish Karnad. Keeping all the regards about and having read and seen all his literary work projected on stage and screen including his acting on screen wherein he …

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Chronicle of a Death of a ‘Govinda’ Foretold

In an attempt to sky ride a ten or eleven layer human tower (now inhuman) a ‘govinda’ died. Shooing away as minor injuries, the dahi-handi organizers were neglected to accept the dangers inherent in the game. Without exhibiting early enthusiastic force visible on the eve of the day they detached themselves, away from the scene. The competitors …

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