On the Makara Jyothi hoax in Sabarimala

When temple authorities lie, it is much worse than when ordinary mortals do.  When temple authorities tell big, fat whoppers, you wonder what the world is coming to, and how they think they can get away with it. The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) has finally admitted to what the more cynical among us have always…

Praising the Oscars, trashing desi awards

Much is being made in Indian newspapers of A R Rahman’s  two Oscar nominations (Original Score and Original Song).  Nobody has seen “127 hours” or knows anything about the score or the song, but it’s an Oscar nomination!  We will be even more thrilled if he wins in at least one of these categories. All…

Do we need a dress code at work?

So UBS has finally revamped its much-criticized dress code.  The WSJ reports that the new version is a much more  sober version than the hilarious original dress code. “Men will be required to wear a dark-colored suit, a white shirt and a red tie, and women a female equivalent of this,” Mr. Kern said. The…

Snowthrowers and hibernating bloggers

It wasn’t until a friend pointed it out to me that I realized it – I was hibernating.   That explains a lot, of course, including why this blog has been silent for so long.  You wouldn’t have thought that humans hibernate, but perhaps if we are faced with winters like these, everyone should. In other…