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What makes Malgudi days special?

Yes, all episodes of Malgudi days are now available on YouTube. So what? Click here for the playlist Why should I watch an old TV series half of whose actors are either dead or about to die? Why should I spend my precious time on Malgudi days when there are so many

Pissing tanker, I piss on you!

Please watch the below video and make a note of your reaction. Either you were amused by it or you felt a pain deep inside your heart. Who are the people who pee in public? It's mostly the people who work in the informal sector i.e. people who don't work in offices

Practice makes us perfect

From my Dibrugarh diary: I received the final confirmation of my ticket at 5:30 pm via an SMS; I had been wait-listed in the AC coach. A wait-listed ticket booked online gets cancelled automatically. Hence I had to buy a new ticket standing in the line. That meant that I had

Human? No, I am an Indian!

I pity you; do I or should I? It is not my problem that you are born to poor parents, of lower caste, from abc religion, reside inside a forest that has resources beneath it, or live on the wrong side of the dam. It is not my headache that you

Question of situation

I get haircuts (even Ripley does not believe this!) I was visiting World Bank office in Nairobi, Kenya and I wanted to look civilized. Or else the bank might fund more projects in India to make us "look" civilized. I was staying in YMCA and it was too late to go

FAQs in Bangladesh

If you are a foreigner travelling in Bangladesh, please be ready to answer the following questions:  Which country? Are you married? What is your religion? Third question was the most ubiquitous in Bangladesh. I did not experience this in Nepal. But in Kenya, it was a different story. In Chittagong, near Sitakund,

No meat, please!

My family does not eat meat for religious reasons. Now that I have disowned my religion, I can eat meat. But I don't do so as to continue patronising my friends who eat meat. Today, on a ferry, I met a Bangladeshi who was kind enough to befriend me and join

When can one get married?

Yesterday for the first time I entered a country by road. It was a great experience. After crossing the border, I took a bus from Satkhira to Khulna, my first bus ride in Bangladesh, and it was full of surprises. The guy next to me told me that he got his

How to go to Bangladesh by road?

When applying for Bangladeshi VISA, specify that you want to travel by road. One can reach Bangladesh by road from Kolkata either via Benapole or Basirhat crossing. If Dhaka is your destination, there are direct buses from Kolkata and Agartala. I had to go to Khulna. Khulna has no direct buses

How am I fighting winter at Berkeley?

Winter in Berkeley for me has always been dreadful - I get to see the Sun for less than 8 hours (50% less than the usual 12 hours of sunlight I am used to India.) and there is no warmth in the light. This pushes me to hibernate. I wake