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India v/s China: We’ve got Facebook! What’ve you got?

9 Jan

This article was originally published at India’s China Blog. The guest writer is Maitreya Bhakal.

An interesting analysis in TIME magazine, to the extent that it tries to be an analysis:

The ChIndian Century

And don’t forget to check out these two accompanying arguments, one for India and one for China:

The Case for India: Free to Succeed

The Case for China: The Power of Planning

I plan to blog about this general issue sometime soon. Right now however, I just can’t help commenting on just two points for the time being, particularly because many westerners have humongous misconceptions about these issues. Almost every article on the topic contains at least a reference to these two fallacious points.

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Karnivool – Gig Review

20 Dec

Swati Vishwanathan is a guest writer who was at Mood-I jumping around to Karnivool’s  music

The third year at IIT-Bombay’s Mood indigo had the same electricity as the last two years. After bringing down big names in progressive rock bands like the much worshipped Porcupine Tree and Katatonia, music lovers poured in to listen to Karnivool from Australia.

The management at IIT was shoddy as expected, with the same ‘ol long lines, baggage counters and unnecessary security checks. They expect some diehard fans to be a part of the whole experience, and then kick you in the nuts with a “Move away from the barricade” baloney.

Anyhow, I was all prepared with the experience from my past. So no makeup (This is not a beauty pageant, and the guys are already in their zone to be hitting on you.), no bags and a much smaller line.

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Angels and Demons – Why Barcelona are no saints?

10 Dec

Saint Barca?

It’s the time of the year when the giants of Spanish football lock horns again. Yes, Im talking about one of the most intense derbies “The El Classico”. Needless to name the teams who play this game.

In the last 3 years, the footballing fraternity has witnessed arguably the BEST football playing side by the name Barcelona and I absolutely agree to that. But, isn’t it true that if you’re playing the best football in the world, you ought to be the one’s with the best behaviour or does playing good football exempt you from being regarded as equals and rules can be bent for you. I certainly fail to agree to this position.

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SARKAR – But no RAJ!

8 Dec

Today’s Post is again a contribution by Nitin Pokharna. He has previously written THIS article for the blog.

16th May of 2009: The day Congress got voted to power with a propitious mandate, the day of hope for a billion people. The already blooming economy, the presumably intellectual Singhs, Gandhis and the Chidambarams at the helm of the affairs of the nation surely seemed to be turning into a growth story. But in return for the optimism what people got were spiraling interest rates, uncontrollable inflation, rising fiscal deficit, slowing economy, poverty and larger than life corruption scams. Continue reading

Times Literary Carnival – Stories of charming panelists

7 Dec

This post first appeared on Sosha fills in as the the guest writer for today. She is a journalist, a traveller and has a strange affection for portmanteaux 

Event: The Times Literary Carnival

Venue: Mehboob Studios, Mumbai

Spread over three days: Dec 2-4, 2011

When you sit some 20 feet away from Saurav Ganguly and hear him talk, you become his fan, once again. This time around, for his charm and wit. Sure, I’ve seen him on the TV, but I tend to not believe all of it, for smart editing can always show us exactly what the channel wants us to see. (Just like they show Amitabh Bachchan squirming in his seat every time Rekha goes up to the stage during award functions. No sir, that’s not what really happens!)

Ganguly was part of the panel at the Times Literary Carnival where they discussed whether cricket has lost its charm. I found the topic blasphemous, and the panel unanimously responded – no, it definitely hasn’t. Others on the panel were Sri Lankan writer Shehan Karunatilaka, cricket journalist Boria Majumdar, writer Anuja Chauhan and regional player Deep Dasgupta. The discussion, as it happens with most such cricket talks, turned to the 20-20 format of the game in comparison with test cricket. I won’t write about views of all panelists here (for I believe that Anuja was a misfit), as it was clearly Ganguly who stole the show. Not only did the guy rattle off numbers and stats with ease, he spoke lovingly of his memories. Of his first test match outside the country, the time he played in Kolkata, anecdotes on other players.

He surprised me the most…….

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