Month: February 2004

  • Why is the Babu not surprised? Sir Vidia’s in the headlines for endorsing the BJP. This is the man who thinks that Babur’s invasion caused a deep wound from which the country never recovered; the man who got the history of the Vijayanagara Empire wrong; the man who refused to speak out against the Gujarat […]

  • We Took The Book Quiz Together And…: I’m Catch-22. The partner’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. And people still need to ask why we refuse to merge the gene pool and have brats? Mexico’s reading on the go. Dr Seuss cooked Mother Goose’s goose for me when I first stumbled across that magnificent book, […]

  • The Babu’s been lazy–wonderful house guests, Real Work, incredibly demanding cats–and Kitabkhana apologises on his behalf. We’ve come back to find that we missed out on a lot of stories. One Blog To Rule Them All, One Blog To Find Them; One Blog To Bring Them All And In The Darkness Bind Them: We also […]

  • “[It] may be all right to utter the worst obscenities on prime-time television, but it is no longer acceptable in British broadcasting to make fun of anyone’s religion or any religious figure. If one takes a hard look at this, one is obliged to acknowledge that, while Salman Rushdie may now be free to walk […]

  • Cory Doctorow’s paper on e-books is worth reading in full, but here’s a tiny sample of what he has to say about the difference between e-books and paper-books: “Ebooks don’t beat paper-books for sophisticated typography, they can’t match them for quality of paper or the smell of the glue. But just try sending a paper […]

  • Anuradha Roy’s Cooking Women has won the third Outlook-Picador India Non-Fiction Competition. Links to the essay not available just yet, but the Babu raises his hat to Anuradha nevertheless. Why Authors Don’t Like Valentine’s Day: “I learnt early that convents exist only in case I proposition someone: one word from me, and women flock to […]

  • “But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against his people…” (Proverbs) John Powers didn’t get quite as Biblical, but he’s pretty good on the subject of why we need to stop despising words. And proverbs.

  • So the buck doesn’t stop with call centres. * Reuters is outsourcing journalism jobs to India–just six at present in a pilot project, but this could be the start of a brand-new white-collar sweatshop era. Here’s why we’re in demand: “‘It’s a place where you can get people who understand English, understand financial statements, understand […]

  • I’m a Gibson groupie, but Pattern Recognition was a bit been there, done that. He’s got competition for the Arthur C Clarke, what with Greg Bear and Neal Stephenson also on the shortlist. “We understand how the secret name works, and that it must and will be treated with respect. Who would not be careful […]

  • The Babu’s feeling lazy today, so here’s a smattering of short-shorts until Kitabkhana updates in more detail tomorrow. Enjoy the weekend. “What a literary parlour game to list your ten favourite novels, and, in great detail, outline their plots, then renew your acquaintance with these to find out how you have scarred, beautified, or mutilated […]