On Hindus who eat beef

Far be it for me to judge anyone’s right to eat or not eat something. There is a vast list of things I find unpalatable, and I too have apologies as to why I eat what I eat. For example, as much as I love most varieties of fish, I feel guilty when I devour … Continue reading On Hindus who eat beef

“The sum of all of India’s traditions”

I am outraged and maybe for once, not without just cause. Ashutosh Gowarikar's Swades is a Hindi film that I've mentioned before as one that I enjoyed watching. In this film, a scientist of Indian origin portrayed by Sharukh Khan (Mohan), visits India, builds a small-scale hydroelectric plant and falls in love with the village … Continue reading “The sum of all of India’s traditions”

A scam targeting job-seekers in India

I've written about the Nigerian 419 scam before, but few know that India is now one of the largest exporters of counterfeit medicines to West Africa. As India becomes an economic superpower, there will invariably be a number of unscrupulous individuals who attempt to get rich quick by fraudulent means. Some of our con artists … Continue reading A scam targeting job-seekers in India

A non-review of NBC’s new sitcom “Outsourced”

The American television network channel NBC just started airing a television sitcom called Outsourced about a couple of Americans who move to India to run a call-center full of Indians selling novelty items to clients back home in America. I’ve watched the pilot episode and a few others since then. As you know, I'm a desi. … Continue reading A non-review of NBC’s new sitcom “Outsourced”

Quick lessons on what not to do in life

Just as asking a government employee to do something before or after lunch, morning tea, or afternoon tea can get you in trouble, there are other things you should never do either: 1.       Never protest when others think you are drunk, insane, stupid, or angry. You will only confirm suspicions. 2.       Never admit that your … Continue reading Quick lessons on what not to do in life

How to pronounce Hindu Bengali names

“Hi, can I speak to an Arabian?” “Excuse me?” “Hi, I’m trying to reach an Arabian.” “Well, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but I am an Indian.” “No, I mean is this the phone of Mr. An-arabian er… I’m not even going to try to pronounce your last name.” “Ah, if you’re looking for Anirban, … Continue reading How to pronounce Hindu Bengali names

A series of open letters

It is the season for ranting. Actually, every season is the season for ranting. Not wanting to be left out, I've decided to post a few open letters to choice individuals. Every situation is true unless it it addressed to you (in which case the resemblance is purely fictional). ____________________ Dear Paul: I appreciate your … Continue reading A series of open letters