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Archives for December, 2008

How a Rabbi Speaks

Here’s how. Interview with the Yona Metzger, the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel. SPIEGEL ONLINE: What is Abraham’s function in the Bible? Metzger: The great Jewish philosopher Maimonides explained this very impressively. God created various objects in heaven. The sun, for example, or the moon and the stars — they are all high above us.…

Book review: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

I guess, Your Excellency, that I too should start off by kissing some god’s arse. Which god’s arse, though? There are so many choices. See, the Muslims have one god. The Christians have three gods. And we Hindus have three 36,000,000 gods. Making a grand total of 36,000,004 divine arses for me to choose from.…

What to read, what to read

Read Fafblog! Read Fafblog!

Harold Pinter

A good view of the man at IHT. It was only in the recent years – since my marriage and especially after the birth of our daughter – that I developed the sensibility that Pinter so masterfully exposed: the menace and violence of everyday life, as Horace Engdahl called it ‘the precipice under everyday prattle’.…

Book review: Exploring the Mystery of Matter

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider is the largest and most powerful particle accelerator that the world has seen so far. It is a supreme expression of our collective scientific and technological ambition. It transcends national boundaries with components made in many countries and with more than 2000 people from more than 170 institutions worldwide participating in…

Live and exclusive by Aditya Sudarshan

One of the two selected stories of the Scifi contest has been published. Aditya Sudarshan in Live and exclusive tells you of a mad scientist, a house that is alive and a cheeky journalist trying to find a sensational story. Enjoy.

Sneaky buggers

Deceit is a useful behavior if one can get away with it while pursuing happiness; in evolutionary terms that would be to live and leave behind more copies of ones genes. A NY Times article by Natalie Angier that connects the dots of deceit. Natalie Angier,a pulitzer-prize winning writer, is one of the finest writers…

We The Hypocrites

TV in India is mostly cricket, pelvic thrusts, incessant family drama prattle and rivers of tears, bored religious pundits fleecing eager supplicants, passionate debate about nothing by know-nothings, and more recently, the shameless exploitation of the terrorist attacks in Bombay. The carnage in Bombay is impossible to comprehend and the grief impossible to console, but…

Socialism is back

An insightful interview in Frontline with the Egyptian economist Samir Amin. The dominant view in the media and in policymaking circles is that the current financial crisis is the result of undue deregulation and the greed of a few in Wall Street. We feel that we need to go beyond the superficial and descriptive framing…

United Nutters General Assembly

A large hall in United Nations Office: The gathered mass of knuckleheads praised the munificence of their imagined protector, then proceeded to approve a “Defamation of Religion” resolution, largely supported by Islamic countries, condemning critical or offensive expressions directed at any religious faith. via UPI. What a farce the UN GA is.