Archive for July, 2008

In comedian Russell Peter’s words, racism will no longer be a problem years from now, when the whole world will be beige.

Topic: Culture | by on Jul 5

Having grown up in the care of the American public school system, I was always introduced to things in units. History class had the “Native American unit” complete with inaccurate lessons about Columbus’s so-called discovery and lies upon lies about the horrific treatment of the indigenous people, though the reenactment of Thanksgiving involving real food […]

Topic: Culture | by on Jul 5

1. Having spiked hair and a French beard is not so cool in the office. 2. No amount of shouting at your computer will make the internet as fast as it is in the USA. 3. Trudy’s martinis, Chipotle Burrito Bols and homemade hookahs can never be replicated. 4. The UT ID does not give […]

Topic: Travel & Living | by on Jul 5

As I sat near my departure gate at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport, my thoughts veered towards my final destination – London. My sister studies in London, and since I had absolutely nothing to do, except for playing Winning 11 Soccer on the Playstation, I decided to visit her. It was going to be my […]

Topic: Travel & Living | by on Jul 5

On the streets, in the fields, on the sidewalks, under public stairwells, or sprawled across and inside historical monuments. They try to stay at a safe distance from human habitation, far enough to escape any sudden aggressive moves or spurts of cruelty, yet close enough to scavenge for leftover tidbits of food. And thus, they […]

Topic: Politics | by on Jul 5

Roughly 3 years ago, while still in high school, I chanced to read about the decision by Oommen Chandy – the then Chief Minister of Kerala – to install webcams in his office. This introduced a new level of transparency in government wherein every move of the Minister in his office could be scrutinized by […]

Topic: Politics | by on Jul 5

After four months of bland cafeteria food I was looking forward to shopping at an Indian supermarket when reality delivered a rude shock. Pasted on the door was a copy of a BBC article that informed customers about India’s rice export ban. Next to China, India is the world’s largest producer of rice, and the […]

Topic: Politics | by on Jul 5

Oil prices are soaring. Great minds around the world are thinking about solutions to solve this global energy crisis. Never before has the world waited with such baited breath for breakthroughs in alternative sources of energy. But this is not so in one country. This country has far more significant issues to deal with. I […]

Topic: Politics | by on Jul 5

The Postcolonial Hangover Lingers.

Topic: Politics | by on Jul 5

A recent YouTube video that has about six million views is something called “Benny Lava”. Some bright spark got hold of a Tamil* song and “translated” it according to what he thought the words sounded like in English. If you don’t know Tamil and have a particularly twisted sense of humor, you’ll love it. If […]

Topic: Arts | by on Jul 5