The Average Problem

“Never read a best-seller. A best-seller appeals to the average man, and an average man reads average literature.” -Ibu Hatela   Would you cross a river if it was 4 feet deep on average? If your answer was ‘no’; you are one of the smarter ones. If your goal is to cross the river without drowning…

Semantics of Delay – One is Okay, the Other is Not?

There’s a lot one can write about. Right off the top of my head (and Arshu’s) there’s the Hobby Lobby judgment handed down by the SCOTUS on June 30. The Indian Supreme Court declaring that fatwas have no legal standing on July 7. Israel and Palestine have been fighting for more than 10 days now. A plane…

The ‘S’ Word

Why are we so afraid of sex in this country? Really, it makes no sense. We’re the most sex-starved, depraved, lecherous lot of men, we ostracize women who have sex, and make a big deal of anything that could remotely be potentially sexual. From the ridiculous censorship on TV (where we censor not only sexual…

Why Marvel Needs a Gimmick like Thor’s Sex Change

This week has been pretty exciting for super hero fans with some sense of gender equality because of the diversification in comic book heroes with Marvel announcing a female Thor and an American-African Captain America . These decisions have had their fans despite the apparent cause of the move being the commercial aim of attracting a…

Book Review: The Silkworm

When it came to light last year that J.K. Rowling had already published a crime novel under a pseudonym that had been quietly garnering admiring reviews from critics, it was like Christmas, Diwali, Eid, Hanukah and whatever other religious festival you hold dear rolled into one. Crime being one of my favourite genres, and Rowling…

Panchsheel Pragmatism

How does it matter; it isn’t a treaty or anything, it is a preface to this Tibetan business. –              Jawaharlal Nehru When Hamid Ansari visited Beijing last week to mark 60 years of the historic Panchsheel Agreement between the two countries, one couldn’t help but wonder why China insisted on a grand commemorative event,…