How to catch a killer or a spy

How to catch a killer. Murders happen all the time. As reported by the UN, there were at least 37,000 murders in India in 2002 making it at least one of the top two "killer nations" that year (since China did not openly disclose this sort of data). In addition to the reported numbers, there … Continue reading How to catch a killer or a spy

10 lines from Hindi movies that warn of imminent danger

I am no astologer and the following lines from Hindi movies may seem quite harmless, but they are ominous. If you're unfortunate enough to say any one of these lines, you'll suffer the consequences I mention. Babuji, kya sheher ke saare log burre hote hain? (Dad, are all the people from the city evil?) Two … Continue reading 10 lines from Hindi movies that warn of imminent danger

A pyramid scheme that I am delighted to be a part of

A few days ago, I wrote a post about a world famous scam. In the meantime, the wonderful blogger who goes by the creative moniker Lazy Pineapple ("no fruit mostly humor...") gave me a Beautiful Blogger Award. I figured she wasn't talking about the way I look because she's not a mean, cynical sort of … Continue reading A pyramid scheme that I am delighted to be a part of

How to write an application letter in Indian English

Pappu Patligali, our perennial hero, recently moved to India after spending years abroad working on various IT projects. Pappu studied in English-medium schools before completing his engineering degree from a state engineering college in Karnataka. In school, Pappu enjoyed reading novels written by Enid Blyton, but was not thrilled with studying English. He didn't know … Continue reading How to write an application letter in Indian English

Food at the cultural divide – the burrito and the salad sandwich

There is a very poignant scene in Mira Nair's cinematic adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's novel, The Namesake. Having recently arrived in the United States, Ashima Ganguli, finds Rice Krispies in the cupboard and proceeds to eat it as she would the Bengali snack, jhalmuri. Watching the film again, the scene reminded me of a moment … Continue reading Food at the cultural divide – the burrito and the salad sandwich

Worst Valentine’s Day gifts in India

Valentine's Day is almost upon us. I know there is a big fuss in India over whether anyone should be allowed to celebrate it because it is a foreign import. Me? I personally draw the line at World Toilet Day (even though it is for a good cause). As a public service, I've gone out … Continue reading Worst Valentine’s Day gifts in India

Shri 419: the Nigerian scam

Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code has given us a lively term for cheaters - the "420". If however, you search for "419,"  you will find that this number refers to a section of the Criminal Code of Nigeria dealing with various types of advance-fee fraud. Why does this matter to you? Well, you've … Continue reading Shri 419: the Nigerian scam