Why Karna’s death has lessons for modern society

Ask any ten followers of Mahabharat, who their favorite character is, invariably, most of them would say “Karna” – the valiant warrior who possessed all qualities of five Pandavas together. He had moral values of Yudhisthir, physical strength of Bhima, archery knowledge of Arjuna, good looks of Nakula, and knowledge of Sahadeva. Being raised in a low-caste household, he was a victim of caste-based discrimination all his life. Abandoned by his princess mother, … Continue reading Why Karna’s death has lessons for modern society

Story in Pictures – Farmers in Akola, India

During our visit to the Aloka district in Maharashtra, we saw a mother and a child walking towards a cotton farm. Many farmers have switched from growing cotton to growing soybeans. Why? Growing Soya beans are less labor intensive and the crop is less dependent on weather conditions. With the changing weather patterns sustaining cotton crops has been difficult for most farmers! Continue reading Story in Pictures – Farmers in Akola, India

Rural Women – Poor Women – How little we know about Empowerment!

As I travel through rural villages in Bihar, the state with highest poverty rates in India, my moral compass tells me – it’s time for a “reality check”. I work in the International Development sector. I talk about poverty eradication and social development all the time as if I was born to enlighten everyone and erase pain from this world. Sometimes, my trivial “self” blows hot air … Continue reading Rural Women – Poor Women – How little we know about Empowerment!

Devyani Khobragade – Monster Employer’s Diplomatic Mess

“Mommy can we please get that?” said a sweet little 4 or something year old boy, as he pointed to the chocolate croissant. His accent was somewhat Californian and I asked his mother, where she was from.  She told me she was from California indeed!  She was accompanying her husband who worked in the State Department, and was eager to head back home for Summer … Continue reading Devyani Khobragade – Monster Employer’s Diplomatic Mess

Gay in India – You’re Illegal!

Oh thou moralists, wake up! (DISCLAIMER: INAPPROPRIATE FOR READERS UNDER 18) We recently heard the Supreme Court declaring that Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code cannot be struck down, making gay sex now illegal in India. We felt violated! Gay or straight, whatever our orientation might be, a bunch of moralists sitting in that closed room have now allowed the government to enter our … Continue reading Gay in India – You’re Illegal!

5 reasons to fly ONLY Air India!

When the senior managers from Tata Services Ltd, Skoda Auto India, and Godrej suggest that Air India is on top of it’s game, you’ve got to believe them. I was no different, after all accomplished and well-traveled CEOs wouldn’t lie to us with a straight face. And I must say, after my recent experience with Air India I not only endorse the ad, but I … Continue reading 5 reasons to fly ONLY Air India!

Kurva Chauth or Romantic Blackmail?

Today is also Kurva Chauth, a fast Indian women keep for the longevity and prosperity of their husbands.  For those well familiar with Bollywood movies, Kurva Chauth is often associated with romance and sacrifice for husbands. Wives dress up in gorgeous Indian saris, lenghas and salwar-suits waiting anxiously for the moon to rise. Bollywood has played it’s own part in romanticizing the fast, with gorgeous … Continue reading Kurva Chauth or Romantic Blackmail?

Woman, if you get raped it’s your fault!

Yes, you heard it, if you get raped its your fault – it was either your dressing, your late night activities, your late night work schedule…and oh! remember if you are married, you cannot get raped! Nope it’s got nothing to do with misogyny embedded in the culture, or a learned behavior from an early age, or laws that no one cares to follow, or a man’s desire to … Continue reading Woman, if you get raped it’s your fault!

We like ’em lighter! Hoopla around Ms. America 2013

An outpouring of nationalistic sentiment, on twitter-feed on September 16th morning, read something like this: Clearly, there was some confusion about Ms. Nina Davuluri’s heritage, some called her Arab, some called her Al Qaeda, some called her an Indian and some a terrorist. We weren’t quite sure how the same person could be confused for an Arabian (from Saudi Arabia), an Indian, a 7-11 owner … Continue reading We like ’em lighter! Hoopla around Ms. America 2013

When I was molested

(DISCLAIMER: This post might not be appropriate for all readers!) As we were waiting for an auto in front of the Gurgaon’s MGF Metropolitan Mall, my friend from Gurgaon made an unusual remark, “That is the place where they pick up girls.” I wondered what he meant..! When one uses two words “pick up” and “girls” in the same sentence, we presume, boys picking up … Continue reading When I was molested