Fluency in a language requires immersion. You can't learn Sanskrit sitting in classroom if no one around you speaks it. You need constant exposure and hundreds upon hundreds of hours of listening time. Sanskrit is a dead language for a reason. You cannot just revive it for over a billion people out of thin air, no matter how badly you want to wax nostalgic over some imaginary glorious past.

Smriti Irani – Classroom Sanskrit is Useless

Does Smriti Imrani really think that you can become fluent in a language by formally studying it in a classroom without real world exposure? If only it was so simple! Millions of us have studied languages in school - Sanskrit, French, Tamil, German, … [Continue reading]

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When someone challenges your ideas, don't just brush them off. Decades of dismissing the right wing, calling them imbeciles, idiots, racists, and bigots is what has led to this sudden outburst of

You HAVE to Engage the Right – Not Dismiss Them

The world watches in bewilderment, the sudden outburst of rabid patriotism in India. At the Trump phenomenon in the US. At the threats to Turkey's traditional secularism. But you know what? We're the ones who are responsible. Who is "we"? "We", … [Continue reading]

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Spoof! This is What Fake Patriotism Looks like :D

This video was used a year ago to make fun of the Apple MacBook 2015. Here it is re-purposed for the "Nationalism" debate! Subtitles should be enabled by default. If not, click the "CC" button to show … [Continue reading]

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If you are truly patriotic, you will never use violence against mere words. The TRUE

Only Anti-Nationals Proudly Use Violence

I don't care whether Kashmir is part of India or not. For me, the only value is military. If it makes India less secure to have Pakistan or China control that area, then keep it. Otherwise I could give a damn whether it stays with us or not. Same for … [Continue reading]

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This is what my fridge looks like now. After 33 years of struggling to cook, clean, and eat, I've finally found the solution to the inconvenience of hunger! Now when I go out to eat, it's because I WANT to enjoy a social experience. It's not because my stomach is making demands of me.

How I Escaped the Tyranny of Food with Soylent

Food has always been an inconvenience to me. Yes, I love the taste and I love eating - but it's always been outweighed by the drudgery of cooking, and washing up. For years now, I've essentially lived off various frozen foods. But even those take … [Continue reading]

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Billu and the National Anthem

If you try and interfere with someone who is peacefully sitting and eating their popcorn while the National Anthem is playing, YOU are the criminal. You can condemn them verbally on social media - that is your freedom of expression. But you have … [Continue reading]

In the scene in Pulp Fiction where Marsellus gets raped, I would have felt a lot worse if it was a woman. When it comes to male rape, for me the physical pain and loss of control is a lot more important than the sexual aspect. When a woman is raped however, the feeling is totally different. There, the sexual aspect is the most important. Why do I have these double standards?

Male Rape Affects Me less than Female Rape – Why?

I just finished watching "Pulp Fiction" - great movie! Funny in a surreal sort of way, where you're never quite sure what's going to happen. But there was one scene that got me thinking. In it, a gangster boss called Marsellus is raped by a couple of … [Continue reading]

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Searching for readymade or out-of-the-box breakfast ideas isn't easy. People simply don't understand these words anymore. Instead when I search the web, I get complicated recipes involving heating, chopping, dishes, multiple ingredients. Aaagh! Does no one just pick and eat stuff??

No one Understands What “Readymade” Means :(

I've been searching for breakfast options other than cereal. I'd like to get a bunch of protein in the mornings, and there are lots of options and articles on the Internet. But I have one requirement: I don't want to prepare anything. I don't … [Continue reading]

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Some people accuse us of using the word "expat" only for white people, while we called others "immigrants". Even though this is generally true, this is not racism. It just so happens that white people tend to live in richer countries. It may look like color based discrimination, but it's not.<br></br>

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Not Racism – Expats are Not Immigrants

Accusations of racism are fashionable these days. Paris got more attention that Baghdad? Racism! Someone honestly questions the use of color in affirmative action? Racism! A while ago, the Guardian carried a piece implying that the word "Expat" was … [Continue reading]

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I'm sick and tired of the complaints against the media in India.

Dear Hindutva Right – Please Start Your Own Media Channel

Media bashing is one of the favorite pastimes of the Hindu right. You know those Facebook posts with split images showing supposedly equivalent stories - and how the media reports on one and not the other? The comments section of a story in the Times … [Continue reading]

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