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Kal ho na ho Why we're afraid of Yuvi's cancer

Feb 07, 2012

Kal ho na ho Why we're afraid of Yuvi's cancer

Yuvraj Singh says he prefers being in Boston because Indians treat cancer like a death warrant. That's because all sensible moviegoers know the incontrovertible celluloid truth: if you get cancer, you die! #Cricket #TheOddAngle #Yuvraj Singh #Cancer #Rajnikanth
Hold that sarcasm, Rahul is no more the political apprentice

Feb 06, 2012

Hold that sarcasm, Rahul is no more the political apprentice

The Congress general secretary is slowly but steadily maturing into a leader of substance. #Congress #Rahul Gandhi #TheOddAngle #Uttar Pradesh election
Angry snarls, hoisted dhotis the wonderland of Tamil Nadu

Feb 02, 2012

Angry snarls, hoisted dhotis the wonderland of Tamil Nadu

Tamil actorturnedMLA Vijayakanth was evicted from the Tamil Nadu Assembly for indecorous behaviour. But bad as it was, it pales against some of the outlandish goingson in that august house. #Tamil Nadu #Jayalalithaa #Vijayakanth #TheOddAngle
Even in the age of Google, 'general knowledge' matters

Jan 28, 2012

Even in the age of Google, 'general knowledge' matters

There is no substitute for a nuanced understanding of subjects that goes beyond just Wikipedia references or 'Googled' information. It matters enormously if our youngsters aren't curious about the world. #Google #Memory #Education #TheOddAngle #Rote learning #Doon School
Hey, nobody's perfect! Why experts don't know Jack...

Jan 18, 2012

Hey, nobody's perfect! Why experts don't know Jack...

Professional musicians, wine tasters, book judges, film critics and iceskating judges are all fallible. Why would rating agencies, who gave AAA ratings to securities that turned to junk, be any better? #Moody's #TheOddAngle #Standard & Poor's #Rating agencies
India and Pakistan A tale of two democracies  and two armies

Jan 16, 2012

India and Pakistan A tale of two democracies and two armies

In this imagined 'farewell address', Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani ponders on the lessons in democracy that his country can draw from India and can, in turn, impart to India. #Manmohan Singh #Pakistan #ISI #Yousuf Raza Gilani #Pakistan Army #TheOddAngle #Democracy
Dogs of War Urinating Marines and the bestiality of conflict

Jan 14, 2012

Dogs of War Urinating Marines and the bestiality of conflict

The video clip of US Marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters is the latest in a long history of conflict situations where the objective is the total dehumanisation of the enemy. Why societies must never look away. #War/Conflict #TheOddAngle #Abu Ghraib #Seymour Hersh
Rahul Gandhi, the gawky, poor little 'Richie Rich' politician

Dec 31, 2011

Rahul Gandhi, the gawky, poor little 'Richie Rich' politician

Rahul Gandhi's gawkiness as a politician is only matched by his cynical exploitation of caste and communal identities that masquerades as empathy for the underprivileged. #Politics #Uttar Pradesh #Mayawati #Congress #Rahul Gandhi #TheOddAngle #Caste #Dalit politics
Mamata Banerjee, the domestic (abuse) Goddess

Dec 30, 2011

Mamata Banerjee, the domestic (abuse) Goddess

Mamata delivered her fatal blow against the Lokpal Bill. But the UPA is still standing steadfastly by its woman like a battered spouse who has nowhere else to go. #Mamata Banerjee #Manmohan Singh #Trinamool Congress #TheOddAngle #Jan Lokpal Bill
Ayes and Noes? Lets say nahin to this archaic tradition

Dec 28, 2011

Ayes and Noes? Lets say nahin to this archaic tradition

Why do we persist with mindless British traditions and archaic English words in our decidedly desi parliament? #Parliament of India #TheOddAngle #British Parliament #Westminster