Modi’s First Year of Absolute Power—I

"Honesty is a very expensive gift, don't expect it from cheap people"—Warren Buffett [In my 20 plus years of journalism I have never done a political piece. The reason is that I have no natural appetite for mundane political stories. The word about a great story published anywhere spreads in the newsroom so I only read the consequential ones. … [Read more...]

Roger Federer will win his 18th Grand Slam title today

Novak Djokovic owes a lot to Roger Federer. And I'll risk everything and say that Roger Federer will win his 18th Grand Slam title on Sunday and I'll give you my reasons for it. I love the Joker on every occasion against anybody but not against Roger Federer and not on grass. Let's check what both the players have said about tomorrow's … [Read more...]

The Ulysses

"We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect." – Anais Nin There is a secret to The Ulysses by James Joyce. You just need to read a page or so properly and the book tells you to keep it down and go raise your standard. You are expected to have a high-standard to get that message in just a page otherwise you won't return to … [Read more...]

J. Krishnamurti: A Star In The East—Part II

This part is surreal. You can approach it like a game. The real in it is what I can talk about through direct perception plus the biographical part and the unreal is what only K can say through direct perception. The content of consciousness is consciousness and this content is the same for all human beings no matter where they live. I am using … [Read more...]

J. Krishnamurti: A Star In The East—Part I

Foul-mouthed, volatile, grotesquely fat and reeking of the cigarettes she continuously rolled and smoked Helena Petrovna Blavatsky's influence was seminal in the development of what is today known as the New Age Movement. Madame Blavatsky was a legendary occultist who co-founded the Theosophical Society in New York with Henry Olcott and William … [Read more...]

India’s Daughter: First Break All The Rules

It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society—J Krishnamurti I broke a non-existing rule that you can't stop a cricket series that you started in parts mid-way after evoking interest and not giving anything to the cricket fan apart from assurances that his interests are primary and go onto something else. I broke … [Read more...]

Cricket: The mathematics, the reality, and the statistics—Part I

The nomenclature of one of the most-common and horrendous mistake of statistics is so perfect that you can in a good mood, on a bright sunny day when you're feeling large, use the term 'average' to describe that completely-useless and 'way-below-the-average' statistical tool calculated by dividing the sum of some arbitrary or non-arbitrary … [Read more...]

South African Cricket And Choking Hacks

They are as sick that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing—The Merchant of Venice I don’t remember the last time I saw a cricket match and it has been well over two years since I did a match report on the game that has three formats—an abnormal situation for someone who lived and breathed cricket. There is some reason to believe … [Read more...]

The Castrating Shadow of Saint Garta

There is a lot of literature on what is literature that I ignore buying for my anti-library. What I enjoy is the user manuals: the novelists talking about the novel, talking about the history of the novel. The novel is a passage towards truth. Some areas are dark, others semi or well-lit, there are novels that are breezy and those that are closing … [Read more...]

On Greg Chappell's deliberately-defective timing

A few selective leaks have come out of Greg Chappell’s new book called Fierce Focus and are doing the rounds in the international sports media. What Chappell has said is not a startling insight into the secret world of Sachin Tendulkar as the lead paragraph of the Herald Sun story proclaims. Allow me to show how it is, in fact, another glimpse into … [Read more...]