A taxonomy of desi names

You must have heard of it by now – a judge in New Zealand found the name “Tallulah does the hula from Hawaii” so bizarre that he made the child a ward of the court. “The court is profoundly concerned about the very poor judgment which this child’s parents have shown in choosing this name,”…

Shooting Lawn Boys

I can imagine his frustration.? Having to mow the lawn every weekend.? Then, blowing away the grass clippings (or bagging them).? Then trimming the lawn along the edges.? Then fertilizing, or spraying weed killer, if that’s the season for it.? Men in the suburbs spend more time with their lawn mowers than with their wives.…

Comment editing now possible

There are many times when I have commented on some blog and hit “Submit”, only to discover that (a) I had another point to make; or (b) there are typos in my comment.? Usually, it’s the typos which frustrate me most. So here is a new feature for all you commenters – if you are…

Reading between the lines (and all around them)

Reading between lines does not come easily to me.? Part of it is my sheer inability to comprehend anything but the spoken word, and then living in the US doesn’t? help either.? I say what I mean, and I think others say what they mean. Occasionally, my Indian genes will tell me that there could…

Polls closed, result declared

I am closing the poll on the most favorite blog topic, and also declaring the results right away. No hanging chads here. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone voted in elections too electronically? No long queues at polling stations, no hunting around for parking spaces (if the polling center is far), no rigging, no waiting…

Married on Monday, widow on Tuesday

Bollywood scripts have nothing on this.? An eight year old boy “married” his “special friend”? the day before he died of leukemia. The wedding came complete with rings, vicar and certificate. I feel very sad at the passing of the eight year old boy.? He definitely did not deserve to die at such a young…

Cut workweek, save money

Fairfax County is considering a four day workweek for county employees.? They say this will save money for the government. Of course this makes complete sense.? Instead of not working 5 days a week and getting paid for it, government employees will not work 4 days a week now and get paid for it. But…