Cloud 9 Minus One


Friendship March 16, 2012

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We met under a lamppost to conduct some business
She began to cry and apologised (more…)


Women Are a Pain March 15, 2012

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There’s a beautiful mall near my place, made more so by the presence of an all-woman staff in its parking lot. It warms the cockles of my heart to see so many women, smartly attired in uniforms of trousers, shirt and cap, manage an entire parking lot so efficiently. There are women security guards at the entrance of all the stores, women store attendants and women ushers in the movie theatre. What really moved me, however, was seeing women servers in restaurants, smartly attired females who took service orders and served as professionally as their male counterparts. (more…)


My Favourite Book March 6, 2012

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On the first day of school, when I was in class five, I received a big shock. I picked up all my textbooks and notebooks from the school bookstore, and then, as I always did, I went to my bench and opened my books. And then followed the shock. All the pictures from the books had disappeared. (more…)


Sexy, Sexy, Sexy February 27, 2012

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I had barely heard of a woman called Mamta Sharma until she turned the word ‘sexy’ sexy. Ms. Sharma is the Chairperson of the National Commission for Women, and her resignation is being demanded by ‘feminists’ because she said in today’s world the term ‘sexy’ isn’t objectionable as it could also mean ‘beautiful’. (more…)


Party Manners February 22, 2012

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Indian events have got louder, glitzier, brasher and more vulgar. Event management companies revel in bringing in the best, or the worst, of entertainment for the guests of the moneyed hosts who can afford such galas. One staple at celebrity do’s is the musical extravaganza. Noted singers are paid fat amounts to sing at these events and entertain their guests. They fail miserably in this objective. (more…)


Sister, Wife, Neta February 16, 2012

This time we have the remarkable distinction of having two women from my apartment building standing for the local elections. The only thing common between them is their gender. One candidate is single, a grassroots activist and a go-getter. The other is a WIFE. That’s all I know about her. Let’s call the former GA (grassroots activist) and the latter OW (only wife). (more…)


Joint Family? – There’s No Such Thing February 3, 2012

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Families, like any organisation, have a chain of command, in the absence of which anarchy reigns. In the movie The Descendants, George Clooney or Papa, finds himself at sea when his command is threatened and there’s almost a mutiny in the ranks, ie, the kids. (more…)


Gita as Philosophy January 28, 2012

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Many Hindus believe Gita to be a philosophy text. Since I’m not a Hindu, I don’t believe it. (more…)


Reading Satanic Verses January 24, 2012

I thought I was one of ten people in India who had read Satanic Verses. I can now add another four people to that list, the four who read sections from it at the JLF. Though that doesn’t prove that they’ve read the entire book. I doubt they have since on the whole the book is unreadable. (more…) January 23, 2012

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