On English and snake-charmers

Three events in a row, have been rankling in my mind for some time now. A birthday party earlier this year. The birthday-boy was English, and his grandma and I were making P.C (as my dear friend Sowmya refers to ‘polite conversation‘). She enquired about our plans to ‘settle down abroad’ and I replied that we intended to ‘head back home‘. When she said, ‘Well, good for your son that he is ‘here’ now, he can learn his language (English) here’. I laughed it off. Inwardly, I was SEETHING. A chance encounter with a friendly Mum-Kid duo at a play-area. … Continue reading On English and snake-charmers

Cosmo City?

[Caution: Potential heated discussions ahead. No personal attacks please. As always, let us share our views in a civilised manner :-)] So I was having a very interesting argument with Mochachilo the other day. It started with his post describing his recent trip to Chennai. My ears perked up the moment I heard the word ‘Chennai’! Now, like all cities, Chennai is unique in its own way. Unfortunately, it did not meet the author’s expectations, for reasons that were valid to him. The die-hard-Chennai-ite that I am, I obviously took up the gauntlet and challenged some of the sweeping generalizations … Continue reading Cosmo City?

What a wonderful life – Aruna Shanbaug

[Thank you, DNA India, for mentioning this blog post at this page here] and thank you, Mon, for pointing it out, else I wouldn’t have known!   Every time I read this: ‘He (Sohanlal Bhartha Walmiki) choked her with a dog chain and sodomized her. The asphyxiation cut off oxygen supply to her brain resulting in brain stem contusion injury and cervical cord injury apart from leaving her cortically blind‘ ..I feel nauseous. Rape is an indescribable violation of both BODY AND SPIRIT. Being so brutally attacked, and left to die, is living hell. PLEASE, DO READ THIS VERY STRONG POST. The tears … Continue reading What a wonderful life – Aruna Shanbaug