• Eyes on Fire - Blue Foundation
  • Rooster - Alice in Chains
  • Jigsaw Falling into Place - Radiohead
  • Quien Fuera - Silvio Rodriguez
  • La Tortura - Shakira

Monday, September 14, 2009


This reporter has some sense of humor.

"After his arrest in Pakistan in 2006, Britain sought his extradition in the airliner bombing case. But he escaped when Pakistani police officers accompanying him back to prison from a court hearing in Karachi agreed to stop at a mosque so he could pray and — as the police told it — slipped out the back door."

Friday, June 26, 2009

Hell hath no fury ..

.. as a moviegoer scorned. Especially, one who opened up his wallet to dole out $30 for two IMAX tickets to the kind of rubbish (aka Transformers 3) that I wouldn't even bother seeing on DVD. James Berardinelli does a much better job rubbishing the movie the only way he can so I'll stick to my frustrations.

We booked the tickets in advance - so there was an air of inevitability about me as the date was approaching. I kept justifying to myself that Transformers 3 is the kind of movie that can only be so bad - especially given the first installment which I rather liked. Unfortunately, the first one was the exception to the rule that Michael Bay should stay away from movies.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Modern Indian History

Ramachandra Guha's "India after Gandhi" about India's postwar history is absolutely fascinating. The man's writing style is thoroughly engaging and mostly devoid of bias. It's funny that I decided to pick up the book after reading a favorable review of the author's works on Cricket. A man as versatile as Guha deserved to be read - and my 800 page gamble has been vindicated.

It is an interesting complement to Tariq Ali's - "Duel" about Pakistan. While the former is a work of history (100 pages of references) and celebrates the exemplary leaders (Gandhi, Nehru, Patel) and officials (Menon, Munshi, Sen) who literally cobbled together India against all odds, the latter - a much shorter work spun from a wellspring of the author's experience with the Pakistani establishment - is equally engaging and offers a contrasting view of the endemic broken-record behavior of Pakistan's political and military leaders starting with Jinnah himself.

That most post-Independence generations of India like mine have a hard time reconciling with the fact that there was no "India" as we know it before Independence is a testament to the work of the founding fathers and more than anything else, the majority of the vastly illiterate and indigent populace who had the maturity to unite as a nation in spite of the multi-dimensional differences. Against all odds (and I only have an appreciation for it now), India came to be - it is something to be celebrated and must serve as a source of inspiration for every Indian.

Ratzinger under fire

Ratzinger has come under Fisk-Fire this time around in one of his typically firebrand articles where no quarter is spared .. but there was still room for some humor.

"ex-Cardinal Ratzinger (anti-divorce, anti-gay and anti-aircraft, as I always remind myself)"

Read this for the anti-aircraft reference.

Friday, January 23, 2009

ha ha ha ..

Point-and-Shoot Does Not Preclude Thinking

Butt Hole Road

"Mr. Bailey, who grew up on Tumbledown Dick Road in Oxfordshire, and Mr. Hurst got the idea for the books when they read about a couple who bought a house on Butt Hole Road, in South Yorkshire.

The name most likely has to do with the spot’s historic function as a source of water, a water butt being a container for collecting water. But it proved to be prohibitively hilarious.

“If they ordered a pizza, the pizza company wouldn’t deliver it, because they thought it was a made-up name,” Mr. Hurst said. “People would stand in front of the sign, pull down their trousers and take pictures of each other’s naked buttocks.”

The couple moved away."

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Alchemist

"Maybe it's better to be like the Crystal Merchant: never go to Mecca, and just go thru life wanting to do so, .."