Mumbai attacked again. Why?

I am stick to my stomach as I write this, while also following the news online at NDTV and CNN-IBN, and on Twitter. Forty Sixty people may have been killed in five attacks in Mumbai (the death toll mounts even as I am writing this, and I am not even sure how many more are…

Outsourcing cooking

The other day I saw an ad for mashed potatoes. A tired looking woman was slashing wildly at a potato with a peeler, holding it awkwardly, well away from her body, as if it were really a knife, or a samurai fencing sword. There was a big pile of potato peels in front of her,…

Postman, Mailman, hand me that mail

The postman in Noida was a rare visitor.  Like a migratory bird, he would only arrive on certain days of the year.  You could spot him on Diwali and Rakshabandan and around the New Year.   If you wanted to see him at any other time, you could visit him at the post office, where, between…

Six rules for the M60

Every bus driver in the world gets a book of rules on his first day at the job. That’s my conclusion, for how else can you explain the unique behavior of buses? Anyone who has ever traveled by a bus in any part of the world will know these rules. I cut my teeth on…

Did he, or didn’t he? Will she, won’t she?

I was watching MSNBC yesterday when I got a tutorial on how much hot air passes for analysis these days. The discussion was centered on the “reported” offer by Barack Obama of the Secretary of State position to Hillary Clinton. Here is how the “analysis” went. – Did he really offer the position to her…

Six questions on the Presidential elections

There are some things about US Presidential elections I have never understood. Every four years, I find myself asking the same questions, as the same set of issues crops up.  I have never found a good answer to these questions: 1. Why don’t they declare a holiday on Election Day? Why do they force people…

The more things change..

It’s all over but the coronation. Barack Hussein Obama has achieved a historic win. As the New Yorker notes, we can now call him by his full name now that he has won, and anyway BHO sounds much better than BO. On election night, I watched McCain give the best speech of his campaign –…