The Jaundiced Eye

This is a collection of borrowed wisdom, often masquerading as my commentary on life at large.

October 1, 2014

Which deaths matter?

This week in The Jaundiced Eye: Which deaths matter? The Big Pharma Disorder. A flashback to the OJ verdict.

July 26, 2014

Un-contacted Indians

Last month in the Brazilian rain forest, something incredibly rare happened.

Why are there things? Why is there a universe? Why are there stars, planets, earth, moon, human beings, frogs and flowers? Why are there scientific laws? Why are there abstract things like time, space and distance? Why is there anything? Of all the possibilities, isn’t the simplest that of nothing?

June 8, 2014

On Being a Hindu.

What is the Hindu Way of Life? Who is a Hindu? Here’s my take. Instead of writing, I’ve made a short video.

Is there a purpose to our lives? Or are we imagining that there is one?

Is she qualified to be a minister of anything in the first place? Corollary questions: What qualifies anyone for that matter to be a minister? How important is it to have college educated ministers?

WHY was Manmohan Singh so subservient to the dynasty? How does he justify (in his own mind) his extraordinarily passive approval of the worst pillage of the country seen since the East India company?

What if Narendra Modi became Prime Minister? Would it be a good thing or a bad thing?

March 10, 2014

God and Happiness

Does God exist? Is God a man or a woman or even human for that matter? Does he keep tabs and protect the good and punish the bad? What is good? What is bad? Should I believe the words of self-appointed spokespeople who claim to have conversed with God? Does it make sense that God […]

January 10, 2014

Age is just a number.

The Jaundiced Eye : In how many different ways can you calculate your age?

January 7, 2014

The Rule of Three

The rule of three says you can get only at most two of charisma, integrity and performance in a leader.

January 5, 2014

Most Right Or Least Wrong?

Finding the most number of right answers? Or finding the least wrong answers? Which is a better way to educate our kids?

December 24, 2013

Imagine living to be 200 years

Imagine the consequences of being alive for 200 years. Would a longer life be a curse or a boon? Interesting questions.

August 31, 2013

A Tale of Two Fiddlers

The resemblance between Nero, the last of the Julio-Claudian Roman emperors, and Manmohan Singh is more than a passing one. Nero, of course, is infamous for ‘fiddling’ while Rome burned, an act which when compared to Manmohan Singh’s dithering over last few years, may well end up as a lesser historical transgression.

August 11, 2013

Falling In Love With India

Is patriotism morally just? What logic lies in blind loyalty to a nation, whose citizenship you hold only because of a random act of nature? What does it mean to fall in love with India?

August 7, 2013

The Good Life

Is there a formula for a good life? Are there secret ingredients like some sort of a magical mix of love, work and social connections?

Dear Indian Youth of all Hues and Shades, There’s nothing to suggest that I’m qualified to write a letter to you other than the fact I too was young like you once upon a time and now suffer from a delusion of grandeur which makes me believe that I can write letters to millions of […]

Science and religion share similar aspirations. They both wish to shed light on why things are the way they are. They attempt to explain the mysterious and to help us find our ways through our lives. But, their similarities end there. Science versus Religion Religions, with rare exceptions, take the view that the world was […]

June 16, 2013

In praise of introverts

Our lives are shaped as much by our personalities as they are by our genders, ethnic origin and other demographic factors. Introversion and extroversion are the north and the south of temperaments. According to studies, one third to a half of all people are introverts, which is pretty amazing considering how few people would admit to […]

Here’s where the rubber hits the road. Can Narendra Modi repeat his Gujarat success on a national scale? Is Modi good for India?