By Allan Jacob
Finally, my writer’s block has crumbled and it’s exhilarating to take that leap of faith to offend the liberals. I love the creative process, you see; I love the savage critical process even more. It may sound puerile to say I love watching pseudo-liberals flagellate themselves into a frenzy and then cower in agony when their hypocrisy is exposed. Now, if you allow me, I will confess that I tried loving those fake liberals earlier, but in vain, when even criticism of the world’s favourite whipping boy (Trump, who else?) failed to get me started.
Continue reading I have a thing for criticism and you are free to hate me for it
By Sushmita Bose
If music be the food of love, play on. Twelfth Night, Act I, Scene I. Nothing (perhaps) sums up music and lyrics better. So, with Valentine’s Day looming up like a dragnet and one having to pull out all kinds of rabbits from hats in order to reinforce ‘Love is eternal’ and ‘Love is all around,’ I find myself going through the downloads on my phone — because that’s where my coterie of chosen music resides. Continue reading So, which are the songs that never go out of your head?
By Suresh Pattali
I have a cousin who keeps reminding me — she has been at it for over 45 years — that English is not in love with me. She says it’s a one-way affair which won’t take me anywhere, however hard I try. There were six commas and two semicolons in a single sentence she sent on WhatsApp the other day, so let me forgive the convent-educated one. And I have two children who keep telling me I shouldn’t open my mouth to express this lingo affair — come what may. Because with my pronunciation all over the place, they say, it would be tantamount to foul-mouthing rather than an expression of true love. Continue reading I have a favourite punctuation mark — it’s not the colon
By Bikram Vohra
Just like there are expiry dates on cars and canned goods, there should be the same for words and phrases made threadbare with overuse. Something like a ‘use by…’ shelf life. Remember when every second person was ‘thinking out of the box’? One more guy said that at an office meeting and you wanted to smack him. Stop it, now. What box, like we were all confined to some verbal gaol and the key had been flung away. You are not thinking until it is out of the box. Continue reading Let’s put an end to overdone buzzwords
By Sushmita Bose
I’ve often wondered what goes on in the minds of those who fly Economy (or Cattle, if you want to be politically incorrect). Most aircrafts ensure you do the walk of shame before you get elbowed into your seat somewhere at the end of the crowded corridor cluster. Continue reading Don’t look so smug, all you Business Class cheapos
By Purva Grover
I was in the middle of a crazy work day when I received a call from a friend. “I just realised that in last few months, I’ve lost three of my ex-schoolmates to cancer”. I took a break, found myself a quiet corner and we began to talk. She was in pain at the loss of young lives. I sensed that there was something else she wanted to share. I waited. Soon enough, she spoke about how a few of her acquaintances had attended the funeral of one of the ex-schoolmates and shared pictures and videos from the funeral on the school WhatsApp group. Merely talking about it left us both disturbed. Suddenly, shock overtook pain. “I am ashamed,” she said, as we disconnected.
Continue reading The tricky thing about paying condolences on social media
By Bikram Vohra
In recent days, I have heard the following three statements as part of normal chitchat.
‘Oh, they are a lovely couple, really nice, they have just moved to a lovely house in Emirates Hills.’
‘He is a delightful guy, once you get to know him… opening another branch in Kenya, his business is booming.’
‘She has no airs about her even though they ooze money, she is so sweet and unassuming.’
‘Must go and say ‘hello’ to Mr Moneybags, he’s made the Forbes list again of the top ten richest.’
What is the connection between lovely, delightful people, and the lack of arrogance on the one side, and the wealth on the other?
Continue reading Who has the nerve to take on the mega rich… do you?