"What is it with men and motorcycles?" My wife asked me the other day. "Huh?" I was confused, because I was driving at the time, an activity that has almost no conceivable direct connection to her question. "Nearly every man I've known has either owned, or wants to own a bike," simple as that, I … Continue reading What Is It With Men And Motorcycles
I noted that Richard Branson’s new autobiography, Finding My Virginity, is out now. Although he has clearly mastered the art of a great book title, I’d find it rather HARD to start a conversation by asking “Have you read DICK Branson’s ‘Finding My Virginity’” with a straight face. Richard Branson - Finding My Virginity However, … Continue reading Funding My Virginity
Great art does not require hype to thrive. It is the new artists who are served by such hype. What art requires is a concentrated critical culture. The more noise that art makes, the less it matters. (Please note that this post reflects only my personal opinion, and please feel free to disagree, if you … Continue reading Is Art There For Real Or Is it All Hype?
Mahatma Gandhi endorsing products! I still remember being a bit shocked seeing Apple's 'Think Different' advertisement campaign in Silicon Valley a few years ago. It was initially disconcerting to see Bapu (as he is popularly known as in India) being used posthumously, to help sell products in a foreign land. Isn’t that branding at the … Continue reading The Rise Of Indian Thought Leaders
I sometimes wonder whether dreams have a hidden purpose, and whether they are trying to tell us something. The prevailing theories are the Freudian theory that endorses hidden meanings to dream themes and subject matter, and the Hobsonian theory that relegates them to manifestations of disturbed brain functioning. While the Freudian theory advocates that dreams … Continue reading Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
Since people consider Mr. Modi as the new Messiah, who will bring sweeping changes, I thought it was proper that I dedicated a small poem to him. He won the 2014 elections with a huge majority and now hopes to sweep the 2019 polls with an even bigger majority. Hence, Narendra Damodardas Modi (a.k.a Damodarettan … Continue reading The Modi Song
The list of items that receive state protection from satire in the world's largest democracy is getting longer every day. Perhaps, we did not take Mr. Amit Shah’s calling Mahatma Gandhi, “chatur baniya” in the right sense. We have over 33,000 deities (plus the one "true" god and the prophet who must never be drawn), … Continue reading Where Does Satire Stop?
It is a well-known fact that politics is merely a means to serve individual interests rather than that of the people. In other words, just about every party plays politics and misuses their power one way or another… and that no party is different from one another. What went wrong with Mersal is that if … Continue reading What Went Wrong With Mersal
Travel to Amman, Jordan and discover a city that mesmerizes you. Jordan is a Kingdom steeped in history and culture. All around you are remnants of ancient civilizations that have long since passed, yet they remain... The sense of its rich heritage is evident from the moment you land. Please note that I had visited … Continue reading Visting Amman And Jordan
As a semi-struggling writer, I would like to say a few words about Hefner, the quintessential Playboy… Let's also take a moment to remember that "I read Playboy for the articles" is more than just a joke. Way back when I was up to the nose in puberty and the Internet didn't exist for us … Continue reading I Read Playboy For The Articles
Calling a Malayalee a 'Mallu' is analogous to calling a Gujarati a 'Gujju' or a Bengali a 'Bong' or a Tamilian a Madrasi. There is nothing derogatory about it per se. I, surely, do not mind being called one, but having said that Malayalee’s DO NOT like being called a Mallu. One of the reasons … Continue reading A Tweak For Mallu Giri
In 1991, Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights. In her acceptance speech, she called for the world to be “FREE OF THE DISPLACED, THE HOMELESS, AND THE HOPELESS.” Suu Kyi, a student from the Convent of Jesus and Mary School in New … Continue reading Rangoonism
We all live two identities, but are afraid to openly express and live the other identity, because of the social ostracism that we may have to face. I decided to write this, where I interconnected my Dr. Jekyll identity with my alter ego, Mr. Hyde, and found it rather thought provoking. People always speak about … Continue reading Where Do You Go To My Lovely When You Are Alone In Your Head
This morning, I decided to order breakfast from my usual take-away restaurant… Had a late night… and I thought, what the hell…why not? He politely asked me the route and I told him...”Just send it with Prashanth”…. He knows the place! The usual reply came from the other end…Sir, he has let for the Gulf … Continue reading Kerala and the Gulf Connection