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Summary post of the past two weeks

August 9, 2008

Last week I didn’t do a summary post because I was out of town. So here is a summary of what I wrote during the last two weeks. Another thing, I moved my blogroll and other links to a “Links” page. I had tried this once earlier, over a year ago, but at that time I didn’t like it much. But the links had started to make the Front Page look cluttered and therefore I decided that I would move them.

Trees with personalities (photo feature) I have always loved trees but not in the way most people do. When I travel to different places I always notice trees but am too lazy to try and remember their names or pry too deep into their nature. I just enjoy looking at trees, like to bask in their shade, admire their uniqueness…and I also bemoan the lack of them!…You might find it strange but I always assumed that trees had feelings and personalities and that is why when I see a tree I see someone something unique in each…

Do we need a national debate on our abortion law? I think this whole issue of the Mehtas wanting to abort their 25 week fetus (because it could possibly be born with a heart defect) has been blown out of proportion. But people say this case is very important as it has put the spotlight on India’s antiquated liberal abortion law – the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act of 1971. This Act says that it is legal to abort as long as…The second thing confusing me is the actual case. I like to solve mysteries and I would like to know why a doctor said (in court) that the Mehtas’ baby is likely to be fine after all! But the Mehtas went to court because they were told that their baby would most likely be born with a heart defect. According to the law, they cannot approach the court unless they have taken at least two opinions…

Checking out the other sex The unmentionable aspect in arranged marriages is the evaluation of potential brides and bridegrooms as if they are products on display. Some of these “product attributes” are blatantly seen in matrimonial advertisements, but some are not. Some are of the kind that are checked out on the quiet. But I see something similar happening in love marriages…before the actual love happens…Where boys are concerned it is common to hear marriage brokers, parents as well as the girls who want to marry them ask for the height of the boy, his shade of colour, whether he is ‘smart’ or not, his salary…

Ability and Academic Merit – what’s the difference? In our academic dog-eat-dog jungle it’s academic merit that everyone considers the barometer of a person’s ability. But in the real world it’s performance on the job which counts doesn’t it, not one’s past academic record. Academic toppers may have a fine mind and may turn out to be great achievers…or they may not…But what role does academic merit play in a person’s ability to do his job well? This burning question seems relevant at a time when…

Two tags in One post Vishesh tagged me to write on what inspires me… and Axinia tagged me to write about some favourite things I liked to do in my childhood…

Movie Review – Ugly Aur Pagli (no spoilers) If one had to define Slapstick comedy, it is “a boisterous form of comedy marked by chases, collisions, and crude practical jokes…” but the movie Ugly Aur Pagli (Ugly and Madwoman) takes the meaning of slapstick to another level… a literal level! In this movie the humor is centred around slaps…and well, the tag line is 99 slaps and one kiss! I didn’t bother to count the slaps but they could well be 99. Was the movie funny you might ask. Sure, the movie, a romantic comedy, is funny, though not so funny that…

Movie Review The Mummy – Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (no spoilers) The Mummy – Tomb of the Dragon Emperor – is a fantasy adventure, but not one of the best. So much mayhem and fireworks that it gives the viewer little time to ponder on whether the story make sense or not. And ofcourse it doesn’t, it’s fantasy after all and that too with three headed monster dragons, terracotta turned metallic warriors breathing fire, scrawny undead ghosts and gigantic white yetis…I was a little surprised to find that that Brendan Fraser is not the only leading man…his screen son (Luke Ford) jostles for space too. Surprising because Fraser’s charm and looks are quite intact. I was even more disappointed that…

Indian Democracy – is it shining or is it a sham? Our politics is going berserk. Just because the bomb blasts in Ahmedabad and Bangalore took the news off the cashgate scandal (where three BJP MPs alleged in the Lok Sabha that they got Rs three crore each for abstaining in Tuesday’s trust vote on the Nuclear Deal) BJP MP Sushma Swaraj implied that the Congress had set off the bomb blasts (!)…Why make all this fuss over cashgate anyway when the BJP (and the public) know that all political parties have MP’s who willingly sell their trust? But while all of us in India are busy castigating ourselves because of all this there are people who feel that Indian democracy has in fact triumphed…

IIM graduates are preferring to stay back in India Foreign companies have not upped their salaries much over last year…(in reference to IIM grads). However, domestic companies have increased the salaries of new recruits from IIM’s by over 30 percent and this could be one of the reasons why fewer students are going abroad. The other reason is that Indian companies are going all out to woo the IIM grads, and offering them non-entry level positions…

What’s your society’s badge of honour? All societies have value systems…values which citizens aspire to reach…The gap between the ideal and the real may be large or it may be small…the point is that there is always an ideal to aspire to and that is what makes a nation what it is, rather what it wants to be…People in the west admire and desire success, talent, money, youth, and they also put a premium on hard work and…

Lunch at Leopold, dessert at Theo’s and shopping at Colaba Causeway (photo-feature) At one time Leopold Cafe was an ordinary Irani restaurant, except that it attracted the bohemian kind of crowd. If we had ventured there in its earlier days it was more out of accident or curiosity. A recent visit confirmed what I had heard…that Leopold wasn’t its seedy self anymore…

Terrorism – citizens need answers! Considering the incidents of terrorism that have hit our country in Bangalore day before yesterday and in Ahmedabad yesterday (where 29 people have been reported killed and about a hundred injured), I decided to summarize some of my older posts on terrorism which explore why our country is suffering like this…

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