Got this from an old 'Rude Food' article by Vir Sanghvi. A bunch of the articles have been put together into a book of the same name, and they make for pretty interesting reading.They also make me wish we had the HT in Bangalore as well instead of just TOI and Hindu (Deccan Herald doesn't count). So far we've only got Mint, but it's a start.
PS: If you're reading this, I'd like some feedback - too easy? random? hackneyed?
Tuesday, 18 December 2007
Monday, 17 December 2007
Sunday, 16 December 2007
That's Hard Kaur singing 'Sexy Boy'. Found this while trawling YouTube. Brings back memories of Mumbai, where they used to play this approximately every half-hour in the gym that I went to for a couple of months. Think fat, sweaty, middle-aged aunties, buffed-out gym instructors in tight tees and this song blaring out on the surround sound at approximately 7.30 in the morning. I still managed to stick it out for 2 months.
Emancipation can have some scary consequences.
Saturday, 15 December 2007
Anyway, here's the first post. The image below is from Neil Gaiman's Sandman series of comics about the Dream Lord (he's the one in the black outfit with the black speech balloon) (issue #31). The guy that Dream's speaking to is Joshua Norton, who was a real-life personality. So the question is: what happens next?
Incidentally, if you get a chance, do try to get your hands on the comics, or indeed any other comics written by Gaiman. His stories aren't half bad either, though I think he's got the same problem that Philip K Dick had – he writes quite a bit, so not all of the work is consistently good. It is consistently different though, which is a good thing if you're bored of what you've been reading.
It's a woman, so this has nothing to do with the Commonwealth Society. Never thought the Sanskrit department at college would have such issues.
Valson Thampu's quote:
...Thampu said, “We can assure you that we will respect the dignity of women and
there will be no harassment of women in the college.’’
Note the use of the future tense.
Friday, 14 December 2007
Text of the announcement reproduced below:
I would have liked to keep this one quiet for a little while, but because of upcoming conventions and of course the need to keep my publishers informed, it seems to me unfair to withhold the news. I have been diagnosed with a very rare form of earlyonset Alzheimer's, which lay behind this year's phantom "stroke".
We are taking it fairly philosophically down here and possibly with a mild optimism. For now work is continuing on the completion of Nation and the basic notes are already being laid down for Unseen Academicals. All other things being equal, Iexpect to meet most current and, as far as possible, future commitments but will discuss things with the various organisers. Frankly, I would prefer it if people kept things cheerful, because I think there's time for at least a few more books yet :o)
PS I would just like to draw attention to everyone reading the above that this should be interpreted as 'I am not dead'. I will, of course, be dead at some future point, as will everybody else. For me, this maybe further off than you think - it's too soon to tell.I know it's a very human thing to say "Is there anything I can do", but in this case Iwould only entertain offers from very high-end experts in brain chemistry.
Tuesday, 11 December 2007
The compulsory bed-rest in Delhi hasn't been so bad so far – less Metamorphosis, more Return-of-the-Prodigal-Son-who-otherwise-pretends-to-be-too-busy-to-come-home-to-visit-his-Parents. Except for the fact that the toes on my left foot (the one with the cast) freeze a little sometimes, life here has been much more cushy than in B'lore. Must make sure I don't start liking it too much-otherwise I might be more amenable to all the senti I'll get on how I should move back to Delhi to spend time with the parents while I still can and how then I'll have someone to look after me in this big, bad world. It's tough to counter-argue that you're trying to stand on your own two feet, when one of them is stuck in a cast and you're laid up on your backside.
Anyway, I hope to catch up on some reading and loads of TV. Maybe even get more blogging done.
Saturday, 8 December 2007
As far as matching up to expectations go, the movie won't just have to meet the standards set by the original cartoon, it'll have to match up to 'Mock 5', the Dexter's Laboratory episode paying homage to Speed Racer - one of the best Dexter episodes. You can watch that here.