Indian Tradition

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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Reincarnation of Bhau Padhye, The Writer: Manu Joseph

I read ‘Serious Men’. So far I had been reading the excerpts that publishers permitted on different websites and elsewhere. Till then I perceived it to be a novel packed with humour and acute observation. For example, “…their proud breasts bounced, soft thighs shuddered at every step” or “…and their new jeans were so low …

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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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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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