The Who-fixation

August 23rd, 2012

(First appeared in The Hindu Business Line, August 23, 2012)

When a political leader said in her unique style what in essence has been stated by well-meaning constituents of the judiciary, prime time show anchors got the theme for a week and more. Understandable. After all, when a religious practice is critically evaluated from within, it is applauded as liberalism whereas the same words, from another tongue, will get attacked as inflammatory.
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Plain folk — cricket’s true stakeholders

April 3rd, 2011

(First appeared in The Hindu, April 3, 2011)

I landed in Colombo on India’s Independence Day in 2006, with mixed feelings. A tri-nation cricket series involving India, Sri Lanka and South Africa was in prospect, but the inaugural match slated for the previous day was cancelled following a bomb blast in the heart of Colombo. En route to the Taj Samudra, we drove past the spot where a bomb had caused seven deaths just 24 hours ago.

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It’s that time of the year…

February 11th, 2011

(First appeared in The Hindu Business Line November 2, 2010)

It’s like being at the other end when Sehwag is batting, that is the fate of Valentine’s Day and the Union Budget, this year. With a broad spectrum of themes still at play, here comes the Cricket World Cup, to crowd out the two annual events from mind and media.

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Diminishing margin of grace

September 3rd, 2010

(First appeared in The Hindu Business Line, September 3, 2010)

Is the customer looking for it anymore?

The 13th loaf was the baker’s margin of grace to cover for any shortage in weight when selling a dozen loafs.

Whatever happened to the baker’s dozen? Why is it that except in star hotels and dhabas, onion slices are not part of the deal anymore?

The 13th loaf was the baker’s margin of grace to cover for any shortage in weight when selling a dozen loafs – the practice is now extinct but for the dictionary. Meanwhile, onion slices have moved into the menu card, as part of vegetable salad. Read the rest of this entry »