As an American-born desi growing up in the States, our opportunities to see parts of India beyond where our parents grew up are rare. To make these visits a little more interesting for us, perhaps our families plan for us a tour of the Delhi-Agra-Jaipur trifecta, and we’re considered to have "seen India." Otherwise we… Continue reading Cool Temps, Hot Spots: Excursions from Coimbatore
There's a game young teens in America play, where one person presents a scenario, suggests two unfavorable plans of action, and the other person has to decide which one they would "rather" go for, given the dilemma.As election campaigning picks up speed here in India, I'm reminded of that game.A picture on the front of… Continue reading The lesser of two evils
Two weeks ago, Chennai readers were shocked to see in the paper a doctored photo of two mynah birds appear on the second page of The Hindu.While the Editor-in-chief apologized immediately following the complaints from readers who said the image was obviously tampered with, today, in his ONLINE AND OFF LINE column, the Readers' Editor… Continue reading The mynah incident
A few posts back I wrote that the complacency of voters who don't care enough to vote are one cause of corruption in the country that calls itself the largest democracy in the world. If I thought that was bad, reading about how voters accept ridiculously expensive gifts and straight-up cash from candidates who escort… Continue reading Voting: all prices are fixed, final sale
CHENNAI: Thirty-six small pairs of eyes stared in awe as bowler Sudeep Tyagi bobbed his head and shook his hips to the music, surrounded by cheerleaders turning somersaults. The young fans of the junior team are used to not blinking when watching the Kings on the field, but watching their Tyagi break it down only… Continue reading At The Hindu: Anything but dull…..
A vendor selling fresh watermelons on the side of the street, tempting drivers and pedestrians walking under the scorching Chennai sun. At Rs. 5 (~10 cents) a piece, this thirst-quenching offer is one that's hard to pass up.
CHENNAI: Two men from opposite sides of the world transformed their countries based on the same precepts: non-violent protest can spark change, not only within a nation, but around the world. To mark 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr.’s pilgrimage to India, the U.S. Consulate General here inaugurated an exhibition at Sri Krishna Sweets… Continue reading At The Hindu: Two legends, two nations and one great ideology