Monthly Archives: October 2015

On patriarchal and misogynist festivals and elitism

Karva Chauth is a regressive misogynist humiliating and dehumanizing ritual. There cannot be a second opinion on this. Lately however, a lazy elitist chauvinism has come to substitute what should have been a logical critique of such practices. Typically this … Continue reading

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Let us defend Kerala House and culinary diversity of this city

For years, the informal setting at Kerala House has been an institution of sorts: a favorite place for some really affordable delicious meal. The ‘beef fry’ (in Delhi the word “beef” is often used to denote buffalo meat due to … Continue reading

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Food fascism in our workplaces

Food fascism in Hindu & ToI office. https://is.gd/D444CW Interesting (though not surprising), because some of its writers have taken public position against Dadri lynching, and ToI in general has often taken a liberal position with respect to bans etc (for … Continue reading

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On Tipping in Restaurants

I recently came across this piece which I wanted to share: https://is.gd/lueSJ5 I have always been rather uncomfortable with tipping. But strangely enough, in the American discourse (which has over time caught on here in India) tipping is not only … Continue reading

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Capital Controls in Greece

Ok, so this is just the tip of the iceberg: https://is.gd/y2fGJv This is the thing about capital controls. They affect (or rather, are designed to affect) selectively – only those who do not have the means to bypass the controls. … Continue reading

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Left’s Israel?

I think that it is a bit of an understatement to say that “Syria is left’s Israel” – in fact, Syria is left’s Israel, Vietnam and Rambo all put together. Not only has the fetish of “anti-imperialism” made Assad’s brutal … Continue reading

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25th Anniversary of First Linux Kernel

Today is the 25th anniversary of the release of the first Linux kernel in 1991. When I started using Linux in 1999, it was still an OS largely associated with programmers and geeks. It was extremely difficult to get any … Continue reading

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