Month: July 2011

  • Slutwalking

    The really dangerous part of Slutwalk Delhi is dodging media cameras and avoiding the mikes thrust in your face. When it starts, the media-aam junta ratio is 3:1, which leads to the spectacle of a reporter trying to persuade a younger colleague from another magazine to give her soundbytes. “You’re marching too, no? Say something […]

  • Book review: The Groaning Shelf, by Pradeep Sebastian

    (Published in Biblio, July 2011.)The Groaning Shelf and other instances of book lovePradeep SebastianHachette India, Rs 395, 295 pagesISBN: 978-93-80143-03-3In 1994, the Internet in India was an infant, alien presence, and to log on was akin to conducting an arcane temple ritual. With sufficient patience and enough supplication, the creaking modems of those days might […]

  • Speaking Volumes: Reading on rent: ebooks

    (Published in the Business Standard, July 25, 2011. Will probably do an expanded version of this soon, with a greater focus on reader’s rights and how we stand in danger of losing them.)It takes less time than you might guess to convert a reader wedded to the idea of the physical book into a Kindle […]

  • Speaking Volumes: An epic wait

    (Published in the Business Standard, July 18, 2011) “Spent a morning writing and we are now in sight of Minas Morghul,” JRR Tolkien wrote cheerfully to his son Christopher in 1944. He was happily occupied, despite the tendency of the book to grow almost of its own volition, and believed he would finish soon. It […]

  • Speaking Volumes: The Yossarian Effect

    (Published in the Business Standard, July 12, 2011) Perhaps the most sympathetic portrait of the censor’s hard lot in life is to be found in Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, where Yossarian is assigned the task of censoring letters while he’s in hospital. It is a monotonous job, and Yossarian does his best to innovate: “To break […]

  • Department of Rants: The 2 am rule for rapists

    “If you travel alone after 2 am and become victim of a crime, the police alone can’t be blamed. It is advisable that a relative or friend is with you at odd hours.” Delhi Police chief, BK Gupta, on crimes against women in the capital. I’m assuming the Delhi Police chief, Mr BK Gupta, is […]