Commentary

Perpetual Outsider

I have made peace with them — foreign-returned guests.

Fair and Ugly

Your skin tone could affect your income, your marriage and your prison sentence should you run afoul of the law. And that’s just the half of it.

Dark Shadows

We may still covet the “dark, tall and handsome” man, but “pretty, fair ladies” are all the rage for our liaisons, permanent or otherwise.

The Real Idiot

The makers of 3 Idiots square off against the author Chetan Bhagat whose book Five Point Someone inspired the movie.

Revenge of the Loonies

Our disappointment stems from the opportunities, unforeseen in early 2008, he has frittered away for major social and economic transformations of the country.

The Salahi Way

As we catalog the decade of the noughties, ring up a new contribution to our vocabulary.

The Day the Universe Changed

When one’s view of the universe changes, the universe itself effectively changes.

Winners And Losers

India can’t seem to break its bonds with its nationals,who by law are obligated to renounce their Indian citizenship when they swear a foreign allegiance

The Politicization Of Sachin Tendulkar?

An unusually pointed and forthright - and not entirely off-the-cuff - remark from the Little Master caused a near-riot and considerable heartburn in Mumbai's political circles.

Pitching for Sex!

A leaked secret dossier from the Indian cricket team’s conditioning staff prescribes good sex as a pre-requisite to good performance on the field. Any takers?

Beauty & The Beast

Beautiful women go for handsome men, right? Wrong!

Electronic Vaudeville

Stories of war and peace, glory and tragedy, excess and desperation, are not told, because the media are engaged in electronic navel gazing

Designer Moksha

Investigating quick fix spirituality.

The Fading Cultures of India

The steady dhadak-dhadak of the moving train, the crisp Indian air making its way through the open window as we lay on our cots, and the ambiance from the dim red, blue, and green lights that clung to the ceilings made for a perfect trip with sound sleep every time.

Three Queers For India’s Judiciary

A trio of recent decisions from the country’s higher courts puts a nagging question-mark on the “progressive” reputation that its judiciary has acquired with the Delhi High Court’s July judgment decriminalizing gay sex.

Getting Past the Licks

Upwardly mobile resident Indians, who once eyed their non resident competition with a mix of envy and resentment, have traded the envy for snickering contempt.

Like Money For Chocolate

My aunt didn’t marry the man — some insignificant matter about him having no hair — and I was understandably crushed.

Spreading Pain

It is hard to empathize with an out-of-work, $80,000-a-year techie tossed out on the manicured lawns of his half-million-dollar estate in New Jersey

Love Marriage

We did not separate despite numerous problems, as ours was not a “love-marriage.”

Unfit To Print

The Times conspired with scores of other news organizations that knew about the kidnappings on a news blackout for seven months.

Time for Immigration Reform

With the country facing serious competition from workers abroad, it's more important than ever to create a world-class immigration system.

Fooling Me Thrice

If Manmohan Singh’s election victory seems like a landslide, it is only because the media were so wide off the mark

The Mystery Of Prabhakaran’s Death

A large part of the blame for the cloud of uncertainty over the LTTE supremo’s death lies at the door of a furtive, double-talking Sri Lankan government

Chai With Your Pina Colada?

Quite unwittingly, I am living my own version of bipolar disorder.

Reclaiming My Roots

I’m wearing my Indianness again like a rediscovered favorite piece of clothing

The Small Town World Of Facebook

Facebook brings out the Indian ‘kaki’ in me

Prosecute Bush and Cheney for War Crimes

If, as seems likely, the trail leads to former Pres. George W Bush and former Vice Pres. Dick Cheney, they should be indicted and tried for war crimes.

Fasten Your Seat Belts, Folks

Even in the rosiest scenario we are staring at a two-year long recession, with the worst yet to come. Equally easily, we could tip into a severe depression

Calling All Obama Dawg Millionaires

What does Barack Obama and Slumdog Millionaire have in common?

United Socialist Republic Of America

The global capitalist system is on its knees, as irretrievably down as the Soviet Empire was two decades earlier.

The New Socialists

No hammer and sickle flags may flutter on poles and no busts of Marx and Lenin may be erected in our public squares, but we are rapidly embracing the Marxist ideals of social equality

Slime Fest

The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrating overseas Indians worldwide has become a boondoggle and a self-aggrandizing jamboree for the politically connected.

Turning the Other Cheek

Our Mumbai columnist ponders on the wages of inaction against yet another terrorist attack on India's most vibrant city.

Love Job Hunting?

Anu Sharma, a medicinal chemist in career transition, looks for the rainbow in the job search.

Mutts R Us!

The mutt honcho of the land does not want mutts in the White House. What kind of example does he set for others? Did we not elect him as a mutt?

My Favorite Christmas Tradition

I don't know about you, but I am quite ready for those gifts.

The Indian Thing To Do

Finally, the little Indian girl inside me was free to live her life in her own way, not that of her parents or her husband.

After The Music Stops

Barack Obama’s first task must be to open up the secret files of the Bush administration, so that no future president ever dare engage in such heinous atrocities again.

Reinventing For Bad Times

Unbridled capitalism, championed by Wall Street and the Republican Party, has collapsedas decisively as the autocratic socialist Soviet State did 17 years earlier.

Welcome To My World

The bright side of outsourcing.

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