Indian cuisine has been regional for centuries. But, in the last thirty-five years, Indian food habits have undergone a sea-change.
- Have a nice chaat! (thehindu.com)
- Hot food on a cold day (thehindu.com)
- Finding its feet (thehindu.com)
- The Mumbai Food Trail (bootsnall.com)
- Food News & Features: How Dabbawal is on top of the street food trend (journallive.co.uk)
- MASALA ZONE ,SOHO,London (sliceoffme.wordpress.com)
- Indian Food and Vegetarian Diet (georgefebish.wordpress.com)
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I am all for a ban on tinted windows in all vehicles, if any one can guarantee even a minor reduction in rape cases.
2ndkook posts on Delhi gang-rape case
- Delhi Gang Rape: Saudi Justice Needed? (quicktake.wordpress.com)
- Delhi Gang Rape: A Mirror To Our Society? (2ndlook.wordpress.com)
- Delhi Gang Rape Agitation Survey Indian Hypocrisy (ramanan50.wordpress.com)
- A Brutal Gang-Rape In Delhi Has Prompted Historic Protests Over India’s Horrible Record On Sexual Assault (businessinsider.com)
- Indian PM calls for calm after gang rape sparks violent protests – Reuters (reuters.com)
- Indian police close roads to prevent rape protests (cbc.ca)
- India moves to curb anti-rape protests (independent.co.uk)
- Gang rape of Indian woman sparks mass protests (telegraph.co.uk)
- You: Photos: Protests over rape (edition.cnn.com)
Tales from the table
- Racial attacks on Sikhs in USA continue (quicktake.wordpress.com)
- America’s “Hindu crews”: Sikh immigration in the 1900s (americanturban.com)
- UPDATE: New York Times revises its label for Sikh-related stories (americanturban.com)
- You: Sikhs protest against desecration by India (nation.com.pk)
- Ranbir S. Sandhu, Ph.D.: Sikh Teachings for Mother’s Day (huffingtonpost.com)
Most of the rakshasas have been humanised and the 10 heads of Ravan do not find mention. “People are bad from inside,” says Goel. “It doesn’t manifest physically. The 10 heads were a metaphor for the ten qualities of Ravan – valour, generosity, intelligence, knowledgeable, etc. We chose to elaborate those qualities instead of showing the heads,” says Goel.
In contrast, Ram is shabby looking, with a thick unkempt beard, long hair and no ornaments. “Being forest dwellers, Ram and Laxman could not shave every day,” explains Goel. Since this is Ravan’s story, the role of Ram’s kin has been minimised to make place for more fleshed out characters from Ravan’s family. (via The legend of the fallen one, Lifestyle – Sunday Read – Mumbai Mirror).
Ravana deserves study
This is a most interesting project. To fully and really understand Indian classics, texts and scriptures, the idea of Asuras needs to understood. I am not sure how much these writers have understood the Asura concept – and its link with slavery. They seem to be more interested in ‘balancing’ the picture, rather than ‘righting’ the picture.
Ravana was not a demon (which is a bad English equivalent of Asura) but an asura. And some Indians have taken the easy way out, by demonising Ravana. I hope these ‘creators’ understand that demonising Ravana, or romanticising him too, is counter-productive.
Understanding Ravana is essential!
In the beginning
The Commonwealth Games (CWG) proves the point that democracy breeds a collusive polity. In the beginning was the BJP.
1. Why did Vajpayee Government bid for CWG? It defies all common sense. The Commonwealth is an idea that is long dead – and definitely irrelevant.
2. If it was persuaded by the Anglo-Saxon Bloc, what is the quid-pro-quo? What did India get from CWG? This Commonwealth benefits the British! Let them host it, pay for it, support it and ‘persuade’ us to attend.
3. Yesterday, Times Now TV debate tells that the Vajpayee Government paid out some thousands of dollars for each vote to ‘win’ the right to ‘host’ these games? Delhi beat Hamilton, New Zealand for this ‘privilege’?
Sorrier tale, I have not heard in many years. Even if the Vajpayee Govt paid nothing for this ‘privilege’?
We’ll walk hand in hand …
Coming to Kawngressis: -
1. If the Kawngress had an iota of honesty, they should have protested this bid in the first place. When the BJP /NDA was in power.
2. Having got this fait accompli, the Kawngress should have been determined to do this at least cost, minimum shosha, tamasha - like Mani Shanker Iyer has proposed.
3. They should have put some good, honest bureaucrats on the job to achieve point no.2. Not allowed the likes of Mike Fennell and Mike Hooper to abuse Indian people, hospitality – and spend lakhs on them every month for this privilege. Rs.6.0 crore spent on them in the last few years.
A job so badly botched up, I have not seen in the last many years. Any way you look at it, the CWG is a case of collusive polity. And no one, but no one, comes out of this clean or decent. Not in my books at least.
Craving approval – without actions and achievements
This bit about promoting sports is another bad idea. Why is the State getting involved in the sports business. If it has to get involved, it must promote Indian sports.
Burning money on a gala sporting event does not make us a super-power
Anyway, what has sports got to do with nationhood. This nation-competition-sports is one bad idea, which must be killed.
Try as hard as anyone may, I just cannot be moved by this idea. No Indian can put up a good show of something as dishonest as CWG. I am not surprised that CWG is going to be a disaster! It will take a Great Disbeliever in the idea of India, to put up a good CWG.
Great Indian shows
Is it that Indians cannot put up a good show?
About ten years ago, India put up a great show. Unrivaled in the last 100 years, at least, by any country. It was called Y2K.
The Western world was at the cusp of an epic disaster – Y2K. Computer systems had used two-digit number to denote years. In 20th century, this was efficient use of computing power when raw computing power itself was expensive. Coming to the end of 20th century, when the number would go from 1999 to 2000, it was expected the logic used by computers would crash.
The West needed to rewrite the entire code for their industrial systems. And they had no spare programming capacity to do it. Enter India. In a matter of 7 years, desi, backward Indians obtained contracts, understood programming designs, deciphered the code, redesigned the new system, coded and tested their new systems, trained users and handed over fully working systems on D-date. It is 10 years now. These Indian systems continue to run the Western world.
Most recently, the corrupt and scam-tainted Satyam put up a faultless show at South Africa Football World Cup.
What has money got to do
Let us be clear – corruption has nothing to do with this fiasco. A highly corrupt China put up a great show at Beijing Olympics.
The CWG problem goes deeper. Even if the CWG were to go off smoothly, I can’t be proud of this. Even if, this corruption allegations were poppycock! I have no answer to a simple question? Why are we doing the CWG? And there is no good answer to this question.
Write to me. If you have one reason. Just one, honest reason. Why should we host and promote this hoax.
- Prince Charles row brewing at Commonwealth Games (independent.co.uk)
- It’s right to boycott the Commonwealth Games | Kapil Komireddi (guardian.co.uk)
The state government caught flak for using words such as “rustic” to describe tribal girls in official documents … Minister, Padmakar Walvi, apologised on behalf of the government …
… 95 adivasi girls had undergone a year-long training in Pune (for) the aviation hospitality sector … Legislators had taken on the government, saying it had “embarrassed these girls” by failing to get them placed. “The government encouraged these girls to become air hostess, but couldn’t provide them with jobs.”
Walvi informed … that the government has so far assisted 37 adivasi girls—who were denied jobs as air hostess—in getting placements in the tourism and hospitality industry. Six of them have been absorbed in airline companies, he added. “The remaining are likely to be recruited in various government departments if they do not get jobs of their choice,” he added. (via State says sorry for calling tribal girls ‘rustic’).
In 2007, with surging liquidity, with no signs of The Great Recession, the Government of Maharashtra, decided that the fruits of the ‘sunshine’ sectors should also go to the ‘adivasis‘ and ‘dalits‘. So, they decided to spend Rs.1.crore. Said, Dr Vijay Gavit, state tribal development minister to TOI,
“Under the Centre’s welfare scheme for education of tribals, we (the state tribal development department) proposed that our boys and girls be trained in the sunshine sectors. Our proposal for air hostess and pilot training were readily sanctioned by them,’’
Girls from the backward pockets of Nandurbar, Thane and Nagpur are already undergoing the training programme at the privately-run Air Hostess Academy in Pune. The Centre is bearing over Rs 1 crore for the programme.
Presently the Centre pays Rs 1 lakh towards the one year air hostess course which includes tuition fees, hostel and uniform costs.
The minister said it was essential to keep up with the changing times so as to bring the socially and economically backward tribal community with the mainstream. Instead of making the tribal students go through some course which have lost all relevance in present times, we decided that they be trained to meet challenges in the modern era.
Is this the ‘development’, the ‘modern’ careers, that the ‘caring’ Government wishes on the ‘Adivasis‘!
In New Delhi
Two years after Mumbai, the next great ‘revolution’ in Indian economy after the BPO ‘thing’ was ushered by the ILO and GoD (Government of Delhi) under Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit. ILO-GoD are going to train domestics and ‘upgrade their skills. With this ‘revolution’ India’ can become the global source for ‘true’ coolie labour – a source for domestics, for any country in the world. The New Delhi State Government
launched the programme for skill development of domestic workers, a programme to turn out trained housemaids for the rich and the burgeoning middle class. And in this endeavour, it had impressive sponsors: the International Labour Organisation (ILO) no less, the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Delhi government, all under the umbrella of the high-sounding National Skill Development Programme. (via Latha Jishnu: The commons and the classes).
‘Caring’ Governments … ‘foolish mistakes’
I forgot to charge my cell phone! Foolish mistake, right? Everyday mistakes are usually foolish! And to believe that Governments can be caring, is a ‘foolish’ mistake! Apparently, colonialism never died. We now seem to just have Brown masters instead of White masters!
What a waste!
Of course, like Latha Jishnu (the author) of the article points out, no one is really interested in ensuring that all Indians go to equally good and high quality schools. Because then where will and “how would one get the endless flow of domestic helpers”. A dubious policy by the Government that cynically feeds on a trusting (gullible?) population!
To become domestics and air hostesses.
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