Crowded Planet’s Guide to Hong Kong

The most pervasive philosophical message that has hounded me all of last month has been this Your flight has been delayed due to late arrival of incoming aircraft Yes. I’ve been traveling more than my DVT affected blood vessels can take and eating more microwaved-to-oblivion aircraft meals than my digestive system can tolerate. But between Continue reading Crowded Planet’s Guide to Hong Kong

Kaka Kronicles: Astrology Fail

Surely, somebody, somewhere in the dark recesses of ISRO is speculating that the launch of Chandrayaan was astrologically inauspicious, and that the failure to account for the Katapayaadi Sankhya of Mars being malefic in Capricorn while calculating the launch time. Or perhaps it was Rahu kaalam when it went on its way. Original Image credits: Continue reading Kaka Kronicles: Astrology Fail

What was I crowing about anyway?

Did you know that regular urban crows in Madras, the ones with the grey neck have a caw that is distinctly atonal and harsh sounding compared to the larger jungle crows (Ravens, Andankaakka), which have a softer, tonally pleasing caw despite their unfortunate (and mythical, I might add) employment as Yama’s messengers. Perhaps it was Continue reading What was I crowing about anyway?

Sigh Fie, Chen High, episode 4: The Parallelogue

Preface Update: The general feedback says that the original preface was a little dense, so I’ve moved it to the end, because denser/heavier things always sink to the bottom. The following tale is set in an alternate Madras universe. It’s called “The Parallelogue” The Parallelogue The bus was 47A. Behind it was engraved There was Continue reading Sigh Fie, Chen High, episode 4: The Parallelogue

The Making of Mile Sur Mera – the uncut documentary

One of the side effects of growing up in a media starved era (like the 1980s and early 90s) in India is the often strange fondness and attachment I tend to have for the often questionable content that used air on TV in those days, most of which has not exactly aged well. Byomkesh Bakshi Continue reading The Making of Mile Sur Mera – the uncut documentary

The case of the the attempted mango pickle kidnapping

Of all inglorious insults heaped on day to day objects as we go about our quotidian lives, and I say this specifically because I’ve always wanted to use the word “quotidian” in a meaningful and intelligent way just so I could claim that my efforts at mugging up GRE word lists for the purposes of Continue reading The case of the the attempted mango pickle kidnapping

Sigh Fie, Chen High, episode 3: A day in the life

Aadi 28, 3672 The Studio 7.30 am. tHTV (The Hindu TV), Mount Road. ENROM kept itself busy, as work was rather light. It spent its spare CPU cycles detecting and documenting all the in-jokes in movies like MMKR and Kaadhala Kaadhala, to see if there was any credence to Mohan’s Law, which stated that any Continue reading Sigh Fie, Chen High, episode 3: A day in the life