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My Frustrating Experience with Mentorship

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I am en route to the year-end function being hosted by iMentor in Brooklyn. I am going there somewhat reluctantly: more out of a sense of obligation than a sense of excitement, especially when attending the event meant delaying the weekend visit to Middletown.

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May 30, 2009 at 9:40 pm

24 – Eighth Season Spoiler

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The seventh season finale of 24 just ended. Once again, the show left millions of us sated yet thirsty for more. The sixth season had ended on a lame note but I remember the fifth season finale was gut-wrenching with the oil tanker headed for Shanghai and all of us sighing for Jack – also, the fourth season ending with Jack headed incognito to Mexico was cool too. The writers have done a great job of resurrecting the edge-of-the-seat season-end cliffhanger. As the clock clicked rapidly towards 8 am, I was wondering where it was headed. But, in a brilliant 2 minutes, Renee Walker stepped into Allen Wilson’s holding room with murder on her mind and at the same time, Kim vowed to not let her dad kick the bucket. I guess I have made clear through one of my earlier posts how much I die to see 24 – now, I live to see the eighth season and here is what I think we will be shown.

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Congress Landslilde: India’s Lucky Break

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Indians in the western hemisphere woke up this Saturday morning to the dreadful prospect of Mayawati being sworn in as the next prime minister of India. That calamity has been averted. Most pundits had forecast another hung parliament in the general elections; so hung that the regional parties would play haughty kingmakers and a Congress or a BJP would struggle in cobbling together their patchy umbrellas called UPA and NDA. Such worries have proven to be unfounded, thanks to another exit polls debacle. In practice, I don’t see much difference between Congress and BJP today – though BJP sprang upon the national scene due to its pursuit of right-wing Hindutva and Congress traditionally espoused sclerotic socialism, both the parties have followed a centrist agenda in the last two decades in the matters of economy, national security and foreign policy. Most significantly, Congress introduced market reforms in 1991 and BJP kept them on course in 1999. So, at this crucial time in India’s coming-of-age when a global recession is gnawing everywhere, Congress’ decisive victory provides India what it needs most i.e. stability without melodrama – and for that reason alone, I celebrate this outcome.

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May 17, 2009 at 12:56 am

Thus Wrote the Murderer

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‘Kill Johanna. She must die’, thus wrote the murderer. While the evidence suggested the deceased student had been targeted in the campus of Wesleyan University at Middletown this Wednesday, it caused widespread panic since the murderer also wrote – ‘I think it’s ok to kill Jews and go on a killing spree at this school.’

‘One of your students has been killed. His body is in the Honeymoon Garden’, thus wrote the murderer. While the evidence suggested that the deceased student had been targeted in the campus of Sainik School Ghorakhal at Nainital in 1994, it caused widespread panic since the murderer also wrote, ‘Murders like this will be repeated.’

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Holding a Mirror to the American People

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One of the canards used often by politicians in the US is attribution of everything glorious to ‘the American people’. During the run-up to the presidential elections last year, anytime someone stumped, clouds cheered wildly whenever the speaker invoked the ‘American people’. This same set of people appears in many avatars in the speeches – as wronged, as hardworking, as honest, as  ‘waiting for change’ and above all, as patriotic. In a democracy, it is a safe bet to start with the axiom that people are virtuous and nice. The anonymous mass of 300 million people is like a massive shock-absorber and it is alright to ignore that the most devious are also part of the same mass. But, what happens when a lot of people err seriously – when they either become ignoramuses or when they put self before country in the most outrageous ways?

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May 4, 2009 at 5:42 pm