Mumbai protests against the gang-rape. Pic courtesy: The New Indian Express

Getting away with rape and murder

It seems one cannot open an Indian newspaper without reading about at least one rape happening somewhere every day.  This time it is a gang rape of a journalist in Mumbai.  The bastion of the last city supposedly safe for women has also fallen.  Mumbai continues to be much safer for women than many other…

Army personnel rescuing pilgrims by a washed off road. Pic courtesy: PTI/ The Hindu

Why are there landslides in Uttarakhand?

This is a very moving survivor’s account of  the flooding at the Kedarnath shrine.  It is hard to imagine the scale of destruction and the suddenness of it, even reading news reports. To actually live through that is horrific beyond words. I keep reading reports about how the Government is not doing its job, evacuating…

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A guide to Indian baby names

Not too long ago, I was researching baby names and paying close attention to what people were naming their babies. It didn’t take me long to realize that we Indians have a few unwritten rules for naming our babies.  Here are the top 10 rules based on my research : 1. The name should start…

Sabarimala temple (Pic courtesy: Flickr/Vinodhpc)

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…

Rotting grains (Pic courtesy: IBNlive.in.com)

Why no one cares if food grains rot

How many decades does it take to build a godown? CNN-IBN had an article a few weeks ago about how 10 million tons of wheat and rice are at risk of rotting in India, as they are stored in the open under tarpaulins. This isn’t new, as we know. Every few years, some newspaper publishes…