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December 31, 2012

2012 – A Year in Review

Much water flowed under the bridge this year. Here’s a recap of the events of 2012, assembled using my tweets during the year.

Dear Mr. Krishna Dwaipaayana, Thanks for sending in your manuscript of the “Great War” between cousins to our chief editor. Unfortunately, she’s vacationing in Shimla, and checking her emails only to see if her salary got credited. Our deputy editor recently left our company to head the literary department at DailyDeal.com. So, I’m along with three other summer interns are in charge of the slush pile. Which brings me to you.

Wonder if there is a loss of morale over at Hallmark with e-cards becoming popular? Here are a few Hallmark card ideas for uniquely Indian occasions to help boost enthusiasm.

If you’re not secular, you must be communal. Seen the foreign hand lately? One man’s jolt is another man’s setback. Who’s in command? And why is she high? Gems from the Indian political and media lingo

Ever wonder how the history of post-independence India would look like on a Facebook wall? Wonder no more. What Ho! is at hand. Without further ado, here it is – India’s Wall on Facebook. Originally published on What Ho! here. Happy Republic Day! Inspired by Teddy Wayne, Mike Sachs and Thomas Ng ‘s Op-Art “America’s […]

The Uninformed Reader might scoff at, and even under-estimate the significance of the dark art of driving in India. To her, I must point out that data collected from observation of Indian drivers has been the only reason that scientists have been nail down the exact moment in time we homo sapiens branched off from […]

November 19, 2011

Q&A with PM Manmohan Singh

There is a famous story in Mahabharat – which shines the spotlight on Yudhishtra’s peerless wisdom. It is the tale of how the son of Dharmaraja answers the questions of a Yaksha under trying circumstances. As the story goes, each of Yudhishtra’s brothers arrives at a forest lake, and impatient to quench his thirst, ignores the […]

According to Livemint, India is the world’s second-largest market, after China, for telecom services with 812 million subscribers at the end of March 2011. 2010, they say, was the year of the smartphone in India. We will remember these last few years as the time when the phone was transformed into anything but a phone. Hardware vendors […]

The word “queue” traces its origins to the Latin “coda” or “cauda” for “tail”. It came to English via French (and Italian) and was first used to describe the “tail of a beast” and then extended to “a line of dancers”. The verb in its modern context of “to stand in a line” is recorded […]

As humans, we have an ability that is so utterly unique in the natural world – a behavioral pattern that was so transformative, that it effectively changed the trajectory of our evolution. We can take an innovative thought and share it with another person by simply recombining sounds we learned to make as children. Sure, almost […]

And, you thought you knew it all. In a world filled with noise and confusion, there is only one source for clarity and precision in thought. What Ho!

Recently watched a movie called Tere Bin Laden, which brings us to the topic of Bollywood. There are many jobs that people do in this world. Each requires a skill of some sort. Indefatigable fortitude goes with postman territory. Rain or shine, the mail never stops. A civil engineer has to display more than average […]

May 21, 2011

Horn OK Please

 Recently, someone suggested that I write about the delightful practice of honking on Indian roads. After mulling this suggestion over for all of two seconds, I decided that I would go even further. Like Starship Enterprise. I would go where no man has ventured before and scientifically explain this riveting “Only in India” phenomenon, which has inexplicably […]

May 13, 2011

Pint Sized Mug Shots

Oh.. the little joys of living in India! How do I describe thee?  The topic de jour is passport sized photos. Is it me or is there an insane demand for passport sized photos in this country? In all my time of living in the US (a lengthy tenure), I must have taken perhaps a couple […]