Month: July 2014

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Mr. Chidambaram in Mr. Jaitley’s clothing?

Policy of Deceipt Tax (Photo credit: 401(K) 2013) I have always been a staunch supporter of the BJP only because I thought it was a more realistic political party. At the end of the day, the Congress remains an elitist party with its core members coming from a rarified social atmosphere far divorced from reality. …

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What is more frustrating : iPad or Vodafone?

Ever since I got this iPad my frustration levels have gone up because I can’t for the life of me understand why I cannot connect to the internet. iPad fresh cleverly comes without an instruction book and one is supposed to know how to use it instinctively. Unfortunately my instincts aren’t well developed and I …

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Why do countries need to issue visas ?

The other day I had to apply for a Pakistani visa, a task which took me all of three hours and left me with a distinct soreness that prevented me from doing Yoga all of last week . The whole application was a veritable thesis which ran into several pages with the required number of …

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Looking for technical support

Online support One of the most frustrating things is to find technical support on the net. This is simply because everyone who is a techie thinks that others speak the same language . For instance I have installed Zemanta on my blog and expect to get the links for related content below the media gallery. …

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Eleven minutes of pleasure?

A bad marriage is a bad marriage and especially for the Indian woman who is trapped in such a situation there is little choice but to endure it. But does she really? In the normal course of events, boy meets girl either through parental intervention (in an  arranged marriage) or divine intervention (in a love …

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Beware of what you say in jest

 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I can never forget that flight out of Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport in October 2009. This was not the first time that I was travelling out of Amsterdam and I had our young friend Sjoerd accompanying me. Sjoerd had stayed with us a year earlier and was like part of the family. I …

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Why you will never see this side of Arnab Goswami.

The angry young man of Indian Television ( Image sourced from Net. Origin unknown) Like most Indian women who nod off to bed listening to the drone of Arnab Goswami‘s voice getting louder by the decibel as he out-debates his panelists on Times NOW‘s Newshour Tonight, I always wondered what it was about him that …

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Of Mango Blossoms and Ambadichi Bhaji

Most people wait nine months to have a baby, while some people wait years. I waited for more than ten years to have my newest baby  –  a cookbook which took almost forever to see the light of day. Like most things in my life, this started accidentally and went from a simple collection of …

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The questionable exclamation mark

Many years ago our Municipal Corporation launched a cleanliness campaign with the slogan “HELP! KEEP MUMBAI CLEAN” Seeing this message plastered boldly over bus stops and on the garbage trucks, I always questioned the position of the exclamation mark. Did this message warn us or did it implore us to keep the city clean? Whatever …

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How to be a better writer

Waking up to a new dawn At around four o’clock this morning I got up feeling that I had exhausted all my sleep ; a feeling that has been alien to me for almost four years now. Perhaps it was the major upheavals in my life that kept me from feeling ready to seize the …

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When memories depress

English: Underside of a DVD-R disc, modified to have transparent background. Français : Dessous d’un DVD (sur fond transparent) Frysk: DVD/dûbelskiif (Unterkant) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In the good old days when I was growing up, my father used to record memories in black and white photographs and 8 mm film. When my girls were growing …

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My Monsoon Mumbai

A palm tree seen through many raindrops. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Well, for all those who’ve been grumbling the whole of June that it’s not rained a drop, that it’s hot as hell, that it’s the el Nino effect ( or la Nina I can’t tell the difference between either!!) I hope you guys are happy …

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Hurtful mother or loving mother?

Ursula Mniszech with daughters (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Keerthika who blogs at Wealthy Matters always posts stuff that is relevant, succinct and useful. Her post on Mothering set me thinking today. Why do most women of my generation have issues with their children and particularly with their daughters. What is it that makes the relationship so …

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Ashadhi Ekadashi

The Hindu God Vishnu with his consort Lakshmi resting on Sheshnag. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Today is Ashadhi Ekadashi or the start of Lord Vishnu‘s holidays. He, the Preserver of the Universe takes his annual break for four months so it is up to us to look after ourselves. Lots of people commemorate this day with …