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White Noise

How do you feel?” asked the voice on the phone. Feel? Who wants to feel any more? Instead, I want to occupy myself with the constant hum. Steady rain, fluctuating anger and hopelessness. Stomach-churning weariness. White noise. Déjà vu. Same old routine, on replay. TV anchors cackle shrilly. Man on the street makes anti-Kasab anti-Pakistan […]

Posted on: 17-07-2011
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Why Gay Employees Need To Come Out

One cold spring evening in March 2006, I was having dinner with Anand Mahindra at the highly rated Tamarind Bay restaurant in Harvard Square. I had sought Anand’s advice about whether I should stay on at MIT, helping run the think tank I had co-founded as a graduate student the year before, or return to […]

Posted on: 28-06-2011
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Caviar for your grey cells

Huddled with 30 other thinkers, debating globalization and diversity at an invite-only conference called “The Inner Lives of Cultures” has to define my idea of bliss. At this one, organized by the British Council two weeks ago in Delhi, my co-participants included philosopher Charles Taylor, anthropologist Henrietta Moore, mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik, brand guru Santosh Desai, […]

Posted on: 01-04-2011
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‘Digital Natives with a Cause?’ – thoughts from a global ‘thinkathon’ at The Hague

I make a rushed visit to The Hague, where Nishant Shah and Sunil Abraham (who together run the Centre for Internet and Society in Bengaluru, and are in my mind, two of the smartest people living in India right now) have collaborated with the Dutch organisation Hivos to put together a thinkathon on ‘Digital Natives […]

Posted on: 10-01-2011
In: Columns
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A visit to Mumbai’s “Farmers’ Market”

On 10-10-10, I make my way to Mumbai’s Farmers’ Market, which has come to Cuffe Parade’s World Trade Centre for the first time. In its first superhit season six months ago, the market was a permanent fixture every Sunday in Bandra, located inside the small Nilgiri Garden on Linking Road. This season, they have decided […]

Posted on: 21-11-2010
In: Columns
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The Fabulousness of the Indian Male: My list of India’s Best Dressed Men

With due apologies to Mukul Kesavan, not all Indian men are ugly, and some of us actually manage to look pretty damn good. Maybe Mukul had a point or two with regard to our habits (nose-picking, crotch-scratching), hair fetishes (moustaches, nose- and ear-hair) or behavioural traits (dullness, meanness), but when it comes to dressing up, […]

Posted on: 11-10-2010
In: Columns
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