Till United Kingdom Come

inflection

This is a true story, slightly paraphrased for dramatic effect. I have always wondered about the mathematical relationship between shame and courage. As is evident from the graph, every man (and there is a reason I am being gender specific here, a reason that will become more evident as this tale unfolds) has a personal inflection point where a delta change in shame results in an exponential increase in courage. […]

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Kindly Adjust

Recently, someone shared this on Facebook. Normally I give Facebook shares about as much attention as an email from a deposed West African dictator, but the title said “10 classic Indianisms: Doing the Needful and more” so I decided to carve out some precious time from my continuous partial attention strategy (it means “wasting time in multiple ways simultaneously”) to read it. I softLOLed  at the author’s “evil pseudonym” contrast […]

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Constitutional TRap

Signing of the US Constitution

Two years ago, Harish and yours truly were inspired by someone whose every utterance enriches the creative commons of Indian culture. We decided to call ourselves Parodesy Noise, which to Tamil ears sounds like an American way of saying “Canines from across the ocean” and also suggests, at the same time, a focus on parody while musically remixing things many people consider must not be remixed. Now, for the first […]

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Bulp Piction

Lakshminarasimhan reclined on his easy chair, Hindu newspaper in hand, filter coffee on a small side table, searching for something to outrage about. He was humming an Ananda Bhairavi korvai when his wife turned on the TV to watch a program where a small child was being made to cry by a snooty judge for getting the vibrato wrong on a classic AR Rahman song. His blood began to boil […]

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Th3 G1t4

There’s a reason why certain cultural artifacts stay relevant across the ages. The beauty of the language and the powerful symbolism of the poetry give every generation the ability to derive  contemporarily relevant messages. Insightful commentators have managed to do this with the Gita over millennia. I am not one those insightful commentators. But that is not going to stop me from providing internet-era relevant commentary on some of the […]

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Adventures of an engineering dad – part 1

It is interesting how everyone becomes an expert in the general theory of kid management on the basis of having just one or two of them in a lifetime. It’s a bit like reading Shashi Tharoor’s tweets and claiming to be an expert on post-independence Indian literature. Everyone has theories on how to put them to sleep, for instance, but that is a silly notion because babies have their own […]

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