Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
Why not guns?
Who made the guns used by the terrorists?
Who sold it them to the terrorists?
Considering there are more cell phone companies than gun manufacturers, that should be easy to dig out. Or so I think.
Friday, December 05, 2008
Mirrors rolled under cars. Wooden frames with serial lights that pretend to be metal detectors.
To deter the determined terrorist?
Or to keep honest people honest?
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
It’s equally important not to forget. Or this will happen again.
I hope the media keeps up the pressure on the administration. A small compensation for some overtly dramatic and insensitive reporting.
I hope the rich and famous who shrieked themselves hoarse during the attack will continue to do so till action is taken. They have the time to do so, and the incentive. Lights, camera, action.
I hope things aren't swept under a carpet called the resilience of Mumbai. It's been happening since the first terror attack in Mumbai.
So, no matter how you do it or why you do it, as long as the change we all want to see is effected, it will be a job well done.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Something that can be called upon to divert attention from the Government's failure to provide security to its citizens?
Resilience to bounce back after tragedy?
A chat topic for hacks seeking their 30 seconds of fame?
Emotional padding employed by new channels to bolster viewership ratings?
Well Mumbai has proved from past incidents that it has the resilience to bounce back. But that's necessity more than spirit. After all what can the working class do but recover and go to work. Mumbai is the most expensive city in India, and if you don't work, you don't eat. Which is a worse tragedy for 75% of the population of Mumbai.
This spirit (read 'survival instinct of the working class') is glorified by hacks on TV, who were born with silver spoons for their every orifice. People who don't need to work for a living. People who don't need to bounce back, but can sit in air-conditioned environments praising the spirit of a city that's been battered and bruised by terror attacks for more than a decade.
The hacks will continue to preach; as will opportunistic politicians who have easier ways of gaining votes than by providing security to citizens - like caste, religion and language. And of course, the TV channels whose reports have more drama than a Karan Johar movie (it's all about TRPs baby!).
The vultures always converge when tragedy strikes. And after consuming their fill, they say goodbye. Adios. Till next time, when the next tragedy strikes.
India needs a change. From the democracy it practises to the democracy it preaches. We need better governance than what the politicians in this country can provide.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Applicants are required to be strong of arm and black of heart. Previous experience though desirable is not an absolute must. However, the willingness to learn, burn and earn is indispensable.
Remuneration will be handed out strictly based on performance. LTA, PF, EPS and other such claims will be settled with a rope around the ankles and a dunk in icy blue waters. The claimant will not be retracted until his claims are.
Perks include and are restricted to living quarters, 3 daily meals, 2 sets of overalls and a company vehicle. The uninitiated might consider high speed chases in the high seas and pitched gun battles an added bonus.
Defiance of authority (aka mutiny) will be treated with a tip over the rails, minus the rope around the ankles.
Please note. The company is an equal opportunity employer, and provides equal opportunities to all men on board.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Here are a few examples:
WEAPONS OF ASS DESTRUCTION
RIDING MISS DAISY
MUFFY THE VAMPIRE LAYER
SATURDAY NIGHT BEAVER
PORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY
A TALE OF TWO TITTIES
DONE IN 60 SECONDS
PHALLUS IN WONDERLAND
Feel free to add from your collection.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
It ought to be illegal for John Abraham to take off his shirt. My better half has a rather violent difference of opinion. Which is why I am of the opinion in the first place.
Click here for more of John in very little.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
It also points out just how much the Republicans have fallen out of favour with the people of America.
Barack Hussain Obama's victory is not only a testament of his ability, but an indication of the despair America has been plunged into by 2 terms of George Bush.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Moral of the story?
Running water out and in, giveth you glowing skin.
Side effects include Mother Nature being a regular pain in the wrong places. Including outdoor locations where you might just have to walk till the unit is out of sight and do the needful when you have a bladder full.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friends, Romans, countrymen, NRIs, others; lend me your ears. Then lend me a vote on your favourite song. There's something new in the pipeline, and those I hear from will get it first.
Click here for all my recorded music thus far: http://www.ilike.com/artist/Manoj%20Jacob
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The Prime Minister's busy running after a nuclear deal
And everyone else is trying to put a spoke in the wheel.
Forgetting India's biggest crisis - a daily square meal,
And the task of giving this boy a slightly better deal.
Here are some links to news reports. Not too many mentions of a musician's right to earn a living.
I'd also like to point out the description of the Facebook group created for the protest. Again, no mention of a musician's fundamental right to be allowed to earn a dignified living.
"Citizens..its about time we come together..and protest the right to our freedom..Freedom is our birth right! Lets have them lift the mindless ban on live music bands..the 11:30pm curfew ..lets have our nightlife back..lets get Bangalore back..lets make the right noise..not a commotion.. Who the people??? We the People!!! And we can change it ! Come together everyone!!!"
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I think the Big Bangalore Protest must rewrite its vision statement. There's more to our fundamental rights than the freedom to drink, dance and sing beyond 11pm.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Pics of the protest meeting are HERE.
Keep in touch with the movement HERE.
Please feel free to add links to any other reports you are aware of. And spread the word. Post on your blog, forward links etc.
Friday, August 08, 2008
Now I'd like to take the opportunity to rub it in. The iphone is free in the UK from O2, and T-mobile puts it at 1 Euro in Germany.
I use a Nokia N82. Have a good day.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
All was well till the butler ushered them in.
"Your Majesty", he said, "may I present Mister Stephen Bates and his son Master Bates".
"How did you know?" asked an astonished Simon. "The barn's been deserted for years."
Monday, August 04, 2008
The froth has finally risen to the mouth of this wonderfully beer bellied city. And spilt out on to the streets in protest. Cubbon Park it was that saw singers chant slogans and guitar players wield placards, demanding the right to earn a livelihood. The crew was completed by employees of pubs, lounges, discos, folk from the world of entertainment and events, and just about anyone else who cared. Like Vinod D'Sa.
Click here and a news article covering the protest will spring up. Man on the extreme right, blue jeans, red shirt, fading hairline and flowering beard. That's him. ("VD, say aye.")
He sent me a link to the online gathering on Facebook today. Sign up if you care two hoots. Namma Bengaluru has been taken hostage by the moral police, and a freedom struggle is in order. The protesters convene at the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Cubbon Park every Sunday to register peacefully their difference of opinion. Join 'em.
Will their Gandhigiri beat back the system's gaandugiri?
Friday, August 01, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I have bought myself a new phone. For the first time, with a 5 MP camera, GPRS, GPS, WiFi, this, that and everything else that goes under the features vertical. So if it ever travels towards Mother Earth at 9.8 m/sec2, the bruises will show on my brow.
Do SMS me your number if you have mine (I lost my directory with my old phone). There is a palatial residence waiting for it.
Monday, July 28, 2008
A few days later India backs Pakistan as a safe venue for the Champions Trophy of cricket.
Strange are the ways in which the subcontinent drifts.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
A seasoned Indian politician had this to say on the wads of currency that surfaced in the Lok Sabha just before the trust vote. "It would be a murder of democracy if the incident had really happened. If not, it was a criminal matter."
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Every time I speak to a voice that's not prerecorded, I am assured that the matter has been escalated for immediate resolution. And going by their progress I'm sure it's Petronas they are climbing.
The moral of my story?
'Wish kiya, dish kiya, aur ab fish kar raha hoon.'
Monday, June 16, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
But I've got a song, and I've got my old guitar
And till the time I reach the end of the line
I'll get by with this little dream of mine
Saturday, April 26, 2008
To 10 years later, when on bended knee I offered up a diamond ring.
In 2005 I recorded my first album. A collection of songs written over a decade. From my college days lined with dreams.
Zaitz Farm Road.
Over the next couple of weeks, I'm going to be putting up songs from this album up for download. Aye mate, it's free. So come by.
Blogger bhais and sisters, help spread the word. There ain't no record label behind this one.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
My first words in Bengali were 'chagoler beechi'. It means 'goat's balls'. I was looking for something nasty to say to a Bengali male colleague who was dishing out Mallu jokes at my expense. A lady friend from the same East Indian tribe obliged.
2441139 by Anjan Dutta.
I absolutely love it.
Get a friend who knows Bengali to explain the lyrics to you, and you will love it too.
Ashish Chakravarty, I cannot thank you enough.
Monday, April 21, 2008
I have finally proved to my better half, that I am indeed the better half. And guess what, she agrees. Or let's say, she simply can't disagree.
Here's how the argument went, and never came back.
I said, "I married you. You married me. So I'm smarter."
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
The Gods at Goafest were many. Each with a unique set of devotees.
It was free. It was flowing. It was unending. And worshipping at this altar were devotees largely under the age of thirty. The lure of a sponsored drink at that age and salary is hard to refuse. Ye bar, baar baar.
Nobody cared. With the exception of the odd young man (the girls were closer to the water), a year into the business. He stood staring at the walls, scratched his head among other sweaty places and turned his face this way and that in an attempt to get it. Which brings to mind an ad written by my favourite copywriter.
And these days not even the client gets to see it.
The main show
The eye candy was out to tempt, tease and torment. So when the seminar halls emptied out, I knew the rain dance had begun. Look at it this way. What chance does a Caucasian presenter of advertising funda have against a wet goddess? Va-va-voom said her most ardent devotee, Archie Andrews.
The side show
Some won because their work could not be denied. Some others won because they could not be denied. The evidence of horses being traded was not visible to the naked eye, but those who saw it enlightened those who didn’t. Bye then till 2009 for more of the same. The show must go on.
Bhagwan Sri Scamachandra ki jai!
Monday, April 07, 2008
Whose side are you on?
If it's China, you don't have to go any further than this.
If it's Tibet, copy these ads and post them on your blog, and pass the word on to other bloggers. If you're not a blogger, save the ads on to your computer and mail them out to as many people as you think might care.
Click on image to enlarge.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
They tell me Kerala is 100% literate.
I tell them the illiterates are in Dubai.
Kerala's football coach is in tears every time his team gets a corner.
The boys forget the ball and set up a tea stall.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Incidentally, America has never had a non-white President.
Incidentally, I see an opportunity.
Incidentally, Michael is sulking.
Check out these college rules. I borrowed it from Krish Ashok.
Why send criminals to jail? College looks worse.
Click to read what Balaji Balasubramaniam has to say.
Click to read what Abi (T. A. Abinandanan) says.
Watch the Times Now report
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Coffee or toffee?
Bangalore or Chennai?
Ever since I've come to Chennai, a little less than 2 years ago, I've seen this topic discussed in various places. Blogs, coffee shops, offices. Everyone is trying immeasurably hard to give Chennai the advantage of his/her voice. My friend Chandrachoodan Gopalakrishnan is the most recent.
Yet in 32 years in Bangalore, I've never encountered a debate on this topic. Chennai just doesn't exist on the Bangalore horizon. It is not even acknowledged as competition. In fact as far as Bangalore is concerned, there is no argument. This tells me that the feeling of not being up there, exists in the minds of Chennaiites more than anybody else. What it still doesn't explain is why the weekend trains are full of young Chennaiites going to Bangalore for a break. And not the other way around. So in defence of Bangalore, I'll say it has more to offer young people than Chennai.
I've lived in Bangalore for 32 years and now in Chennai for the last year and a half. While I love the change and everything that’s uniquely Chennai, there are things I distinctly dislike as well.
I love the love and respect Chennai has for everything to do with art – music, dance, theatre etc. I love the food – 5 chutneys with 2 idlis, a million varieties of mixed rice and so on. I love the beach. I love the old architecture. I love the movies. I love the love for the mother tongue.
I hate the conservatism that's thrust upon the southern metro by self-appointed guardians of moral standards. It shows in the way people are forced to dress, in the way entertainment is viewed, in the way tenants are accepted or rejected based on caste and eating habits, in the chauvinistic ways of some educational institutions (boys and girls are prohibited from interacting, even made to use separate staircases), in the moral policing that happens on the beach and in the double standards that allows men to bare their penises and pee in public.
The moral of the story? Forget Bangalore. Stop trying to prove Chennai’s credentials with comparisons. Stop acknowledging Bangalore as competition. As the harder you try, the harder it’s going to get to compete.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
The auto meter seems to have finally found its calling. It's usefulness as a measure of travel fare is a chapter and a half in the history books, but it now has a purpose far beyond reminding passengers of their helplessness. Brand building. Wah...wah...wah...
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Which makes me wonder about a very popular mix of ice cream consumed in the afore mentioned part of the country.