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India through the eyes of the British, almost a century ago, in a bungalow built by the British!

India through the eyes of the British, almost a century ago, in a bungalow built by the British!

I loved the stay at Valparai’s Sinna Dorai Bungalow. We have been planning a trip to Valparai since 2013, but it finally materialized only now. It is a heritage bungalow, almost a century old and every piece of furniture and carefully collected item placed inside it tells a story! While the trek in the emerald green tea estate was an… Read more →

Stars - from TV to movies to OTT?

Stars – from TV to movies to OTT?

We still fondly recall that Shah Rukh Khan started with television (Fauji) and then became a superstar in films. Then, for the longest time, moving from TV to films was the norm. Even today, we talk of Sushant Singh Rajput moving successfully from TV to films and Karan Johar is planning to launch some TV star in one of his… Read more →

Smartphones as a brand-agnostic commodity?

Smartphones as a brand-agnostic commodity?

I’m hugely into science fiction. Or, as the current terminology goes in the US, ‘I’m bigly into sci-fi’. Across books I listen to (audiobooks is my favorite mode of book ‘consumption’ given the amount of time I spend on Bengaluru roads) and across the films and TV shows I opt to spend time on. There’s an amusing ‘aside’ to this… Read more →

That very-human impulse to react on Twitter...

That very-human impulse to react on Twitter…

[Continued from the earlier post titled, The Violence of Words] December 2001. Shah Rukh Khan has just moved into his sprawling new mansion in Bandra, Mannat. It was earlier called Villa Vienna, and given his recent hits like Mohabbatein and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, there has been a steady increase of people outside Mannat, to get a glimpse of their… Read more →

On sentience, sapience and speciesism

The more science fiction I read (and I don’t read anything else consciously, generally, when it comes to books), the more I ponder deeply about speciesism. You should Google or Wiki Speciesism if you don’t know what it means. In a nutshell, it is a prejudice similar to racism or sexism, but concerns humans as a species and their supposed… Read more →

The (Twitter) world doesn't revolve around Smriti Irani's back

The (Twitter) world doesn’t revolve around Smriti Irani’s back

Note: The title is a play on Smriti Irani telling Sagarika Ghose, on Twitter, not to be a ‘coward’ and talk (tweet) behind her back, without tagging her handle. ___ You may have noticed a fine print in some television commercials (TVCs) which goes, ‘Creative representation’. This usually appears when there’s a giant teeth on the screen with 50+ tiny… Read more →