Monthly Archives: February 2011

Food chauvinism, is that even a thing?

Eating and even cooking are entirely about taste and preference. Such things are subjective, eccentric and peculiar to the individual. So I find it strange that there are cooking competitions like the MasterChef series, where judges award the best dish … Continue reading

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The problem with Facebook

Everyone’s first instinct is to be popular. To be part of a group is also human instinct or predilection, whichever way you see it. It’s basic anthropology 101. People use group identity to define themselves. How cool or nerdy you … Continue reading

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Jane Austen and the art of finding value in your life

So much of contemporary literature requires an author to be the uneasy, broody adventurous sort. If you have led an exciting life then you have material. On the shelves of libraries and bookstores are works by famous restless reporters and … Continue reading

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Monsters in the garden

At this time of year, you can find monsters hiding around the corner almost at every neighbourhood nursery. Winter is at bay in this corner of India and summer is not yet upon us. The plant nurseries have wares to … Continue reading

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Do you want to exercise or get thin?

The best gym I ever saw was in a movie. Oddball comedy Dodgeball starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughan showed us the two metaphorical extremes possible in the world of gymnasiums _ one run by a fanatical former fat person … Continue reading

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Here’s to Lisa who fought for a starry night

Our cities have lost their skies. And it is all because we couldn’t care less. Do we have to go far out into the Atacama Desert in South America like Professor Brian Cox in Wonders of the Solar System to … Continue reading

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