Blog Day 2007


Blog Day 2007Today is Blog Day—it’s the day on which you are supposed to link to 5 other blogs, blogs preferably of a different culture from yours. Now I have already done 2 blog days [2005 and 2006] before and this time, I have decided to do things a bit different. Rather than blogs, I will link to four India-themed projects (I wish there were five that I had knowledge of), focussed on governance, education and finance, that I feel merit attention. Note that I am not associated directly or indirectly with any of these projects —they had been brought to my attention mostly by people who have written in.

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Piss Piss Bang Bang


Many of us have often accused the Left parties and their minions in the intelligentsia of pissing on the Indian army and the defense establishment at every possible opportunity. Well, in a disturbing development this “pissing” has crossed over from the world of metaphor in to the world of mice and men in a way that is sure to make even the most news-hardened among you hold your nose to block the stench.

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Nothing New


Hyderabad burns, confirming once again why India loses the most number of people to terrorism after Iraq. Weeping families, burnt and charred bodies, blood on the streets. And drowning out the wailing of the sirens and the cries of agony and loss reverberate the words of a state legislator declaring that he is a Muslim first and an Indian second and of another Hyderabadi politician publicly announcing that it would have been legitimate to kill a dissident author.

Shocking –yes.


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One Two Buckle My Shoe


It’s official. You cannot call the honorable members of the House opposing the 123 agreement “headless chickens“. Or ballless cocks for that matter. Cause if you do, prepare for collective clucking sounds, bedlam and hearty flinging of verbal excreta to an extent that would make a chicken farm look clean and orderly in comparison.

As China opens 31 nuclear power reactors making the same concessions to foreign powers that their page-boys in India are frothing about, the divided loyalties of “General Tso’s chickens” has been exposed (if at all there was any doubt about the loyalty of a political party that split on the issue of whether to support China or Russia when India was at war with China) once again. As was evident in Sitaram Yechury’s bumbling interview with Karan Thapar and in statements by other luminaries, the Left’s objection to the nuclear deal has less to do with the deal itself and more to do with its idealogical opposition to strong Indo-US ties, ties which the red-thonged “mother ship” and its subservient “green” vassal state feel more than a bit queasy about. (As an aside, it’s almost Gunda-esque comical to hear the most stringent voices against the Indian nuclear program, the Karats and the Yechuries wax eloquent on national security)

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Teen Ek Teen Tana


Haye haye mera beta jawaan ho gya, toota hua teer kaman ho gya

On August 20, “Random Thoughts of a Demented Mind”, the fruit of my fingers, turns three. And so I feel like a Dummy (dad + mummy) blogger, which is why we have the standard “proud parent” graphic below.

It has been an eventful year for RTDM, with it winning the IndiBlog of the Year 2006, a fact that caused much merriment in the Greatbong household with calls to all and sundry and conversations on the lines of “Yes mera beta came first this year. How did your blog-munna do? Not that good? Aww…koi baat naheen…(wicked grin)”. The jubilance was in sharp contrast to 2005 when my good-for-nothing blog came second, despite the best coaching and cramming classes money can buy. No doubt the repeated boxing of its ears, the 100 lines of writing “I shall come first in class” on the blackboard and the ritual humiliation, inflicted on it as sanctions for its “failure” to live up to it’s parent’s expectations, had its effect.

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Flying Full Mast


[This picture has been posted as found. I do not know if it has been doctored. Or enhanced in any way.]

Is it a bird? Is it a Chinese plane? Is it Osama’s nose? Is it a long-range missile with a noxious, bio-hazardous payload pointed straight towards the enemy capital ? Is it the missing X-man Erecto, brother of Magneto?

No it’s just the General —-rising to the occasion, in a style that cries out, as the Salt N Pepa song goes, “Whatta man, whatta man, whatta mighty mighty man”.

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Jaani Dushman Ek Anokhi Kahani—the Review


Film critics from Peshawar to Pondicherry acknowledge Raj Kumar Kohli’s “Jaani Dushman–Ek Anonkhi Kahani (2002)” (released 5 years ago on August 15) to be one of the greatest horror/ science-fiction movies ever to be made in the history of celluloid. And the reason for that is because Jaani Dushman is one of those rare genre-busting movies where fear operates at many levels—some levels being so subtle that you realize the true horror of what you have just witnessed, many hours or even days after the end credits have rolled, as you wake up in the dead of night , cold sweat running down your brow and the front of your pyjamas wet, with Sonu Nigam’s (as one of the hero’s) effeminate, uber-girlie “bhaiyya bhaiyya” ringing in your ears in a petrifying cadence.

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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen


It was with a wry chuckle that I read about Sharad the Pawar’s volte face on the India Cricket League today, ostensibly at Digvijay Singh’s insistence.

In a complete U-turn on the stand against the breakaway cricket venture promoted by the Essel Group, BCCI president Sharad Pawar today said that the Indian board would not ban players who join the Indian Cricket League (ICL).

“There is no confrontation between the BCCI and ICL, it is a media creation. We did not issue any statement on banning anybody for life if he joins another organisation,” Pawar told reporters in New Delhi.

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Banana Republic


The long list of human rights abuses perpetrated on minorities in India just became longer—claimed Nongra-dhuti (“nongra” is Bengali for “soiled”) Ray waving a copy of this press report.

An Indian suspect was forced by police to eat 50 bananas as a laxative, to retrieve a necklace he was accused of stealing and swallowing.

When the bananas failed to produce the desired effect, police fed Sheikh Mohsin rice, chicken and local bread.

Finally the necklace, which appeared on an X-ray taken on the suspect, was excreted and retrieved.

Mr Mohsin will appear in court on Monday in the eastern city of Calcutta, and could face a prison sentence.

Police say he snatched a gold necklace worth £550 ($1,100) from a woman as she shopped for toys on Saturday.

When cornered by police, he swallowed the necklace.

The suspect was fed 50 bananas on doctor’s advice, after the X-ray dealt a blow to his denials.

But only after a further meal did he yield the necklace, Calcutta police deputy commissioner Gyanwant Singh told AFP news agency.

A sweeper was paid to retrieve the exhibit from the toilet. Mr Mohsin was asked to wash it.

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