India

Keeping India safe

07 Aug 2009
Posted by Kiran

Last weekend I took some time to watch two of Indian Cinema's finest actors, Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin Shah, together in a very intriguing film

A Wednesday! starts off with the Mumbai Police commissioner (played by Kher) receiving a call from a supposed terrorist (Shah). The terrorist informs him that 5 bombs have been planted around Mumbai and unless four extremist masterminds are brought to a specified location, thousands of innocent lives would be lost - a typical scenario of terrorism holding the state to ransom.

Posted by Kiran

It has been a very long break for me. I guess I just got tired of writing for a while. I went into the old writer's block mode and did not quite find myself in the mood to write or even think about anything.

During this time, quite a lot has happened as well. The best of it was when Savi happened to me. Savi is the name of my daughter who was born two months back. She is a beauty, a princess!! (“Savi” means ‘sweet’ in my mother tongue – Kannada)

I have always wondered how it would be to have a kid. Another human being who is one part you – your creation! I know now. My life has changed after Savi. It has changed a lot and I don't regret these changes. Infact, I am enjoying them. Each day I spend quite a while talking to my wife about how Savi is getting along and what we are going to do for her. My personal life seems to now revolve around her and I am enjoying the merry-go-round.

Oh Brother!

31 Jan 2007
Posted by Kiran

If you routinely scan the channels on the Tele you will see a kaleidescope of programming, each with its own flavor and catering to its own audience.

There will be others that are utterly tasteless as well.

Big Brother is one such program. It explores the depths to which a human being can descend to in his/her pursuit of materialistic gains. If you believe that there is limit to which any person can stoop to, you should certainly watch this program once or twice. It will shatter your beliefs about human nature; it will show you that humans are animals after all - some of the worst there ever can be.

This program is quite a hit in Britain. So much so that there is an Indian version now showing here on our screens - Big Boss.

Posted by Kiran

Back in 1997 when Bombay was rechristened Mumbai and Madras became Chennai, I was puzzled. I asked myself why the politicians couldn't let the popular names be. Why the change?

Now I hear that my hometown is no longer Mysore - it is Mysooru. The Indian Silicon Valley no longer resides in Bangalore - it resides in Bengalooru.

Posted by Kiran

Reservation is a topic that I am quite vehement about. It is not only because I am not a beneficiary of this reservation policy, but also because I cannot really see the sense in the way it is being implemented.

Posted by Kiran

"Mujhe badla chahiye Sarkar" cries an old man. A command is given with a gentle glance and mere eye contact sets the ball rolling. The next thing you know is justice has been done - limb for a limb, life for a life.

For those of you who are fans of the Bachchans the above plot description may sound familiar. Yes, it is my attempt to describe the initial sequences from the recent Hindi movie "Sarkar". The power exuded by the characters in this movie, Subhash Nagre and later on in the film Shankar Nagre too, is simply phenomenal! The movie may be inspired by Francis Ford Coppola's timeless classic "The Godfather", but is the story believable in the Indian setting? Oh yes, very.

Posted by Kiran

The West Wing is one of my favourite TV shows. It is about the President Of The United States (POTUS) and the White House staff and what they go through in the course of their daily lives. The workings of the White House, at least as it is depicted in this show, really intrigues me.

However there was one particular episode the story-line of which, though obviously fictitious, disturbed me quite a bit. It depicted a "situation" being dealt with by the POTUS wherein India had just attacked Pakistan and the way the US dealt with it.

Posted by Kiran

The Government of Karnataka has taken exception to the fact that some of the state recognized schools are still using English as the medium of instruction. This seems to have enraged our Chief Minister who has come all out against these schools and threatened them with de-recognition if they don't mend their ways.

Posted by Kiran

Some days back, I was reading through a blog posted on IBNLive.com titled "The Demographic Disconnect". It was authored by Rishabh Bhandari, a lawyer from London. It made for interesting reading; it got me thinking about why the youth distance themselves from Politics.