Greetings, amigos. Please set some time aside for an eclectic selection of posts
from the Indian blogosphere. This week we have 22 posts for you to sample, and
as usual, I’ve taken some time to go beyond the nominated posts and find other
noteworthy pieces of prose. I’ve even broken them into topics. So for instance,
if you couldn’t care less about cricket (like me), you can skip the sports
section completely. Apologies for the minor delay in posting. There was a power
problem at home. You’d think a UPS mated to a spike-buster would do the trick,
On with the show, shall we?
Society, politics, and culture
Satya argues for liberalisation
of tertiary education
(yet oddly enough not primary and secondary education)
and thinks the government should stop trying to regulate everything. In
another post, he points out that the Punjab government is opting for a
school voucher system after seeing a big drop in education standards. A model
for the rest of the country to follow? This is an interesting blog that the
Cartel will watch closely.
Patrix, in a post that rules him out as a libertarian, opines that individual
rights can and should be subverted in a time of national crisis.
Shocking! Somebody tell him about Indira Gandhi and her Emergency. ;)
In another post, Patrix ruminates
about making safe career choices or leaving it all to do something one
Harini talks about how Indians will marry anything and everything in as much
style as possible. That
includes marrying trees too.
Nitin Pai ridicules a foreign
policy expert’s suggestion to negotiate with terrorists in Kashmir. (Get proper
permalinks, Nitin. :)
On Sepia Mutiny, Anna is miffed that a list of the best 50 restaurants in the
have anything Asian in it. (I want to make that list one day with my
restaurant, but given how poorly Indians receive gourmet multi-course meals,
it may not happen if it’s in this country.)
Saket Vaidya, in a long post, details
his concern for the poor and how he has fed many a poor person on the
Suhail Kazi has a meandering post on his journey and the trials and
tribulations on his way to getting
a Social Security Number in USA.
reminisces about witnessing large rallies in Kerala, God’s own country (how
I hate that term!)
Fellow atheist Sybil, who lives in Melbourne, finds that most of her
colleagues have tried
some drug or the other.
goes on a train ride in Mumbai and tries to explain some of the local
Naveen, on the CCS blog, has suggestions for books that explain how markets
work around the world.
Marketing and Management
pleasure in trying food from different vendors, grateful that he doesn’t
have to endure the standardised mediocrity served at McDonald’s. He also thinks
packaged food has more potential in India than ready-to-cook food.
Swaroop forgets to use the spell-check while writing that Saurav
Ganguly’s six-match suspension will help him get the break that he needs. To
ignite a flame war, he even mentions the support for Saurav from some
cricket-loving Cartel members. Could he possibly be talking about posts
And Nandan thinks Sehwag is more like
Don Bradman than even the legendary Sachin.
Science and Technology
is upset at Microsoft being granted a patent on a method to access emergency
Rajesh Jain believes that affordable
bandwidth will lead the way in encouraging development of ASP-modelled
software solutions for SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises)
has an excellent plan for eliminating all crime from Mumbai. It involves a
strategic identification of all the hotspots of criminal activity, and then
shutting them down one by one. Bravo!
Lastly, please don’t miss this
hilarious post on The Examined Life where a couple of Cartel members take on
the mysterious Sudhakar Nair who appears unable to detect sarcasm, sardonicism,
and irony. Well, maybe he’s not so mysterious after all. His writing style and
IP address bear more than a passing resemblance to a certain left-leaning socialist writer whom we all know and love. (Seriously, "Sudhakar",
you’re dealing with a bunch of very smart people who are even smarter when
working together. Did you think we wouldn’t find out? You need to do a better
job of concealing your Clark Kent identity.)
Thank you for visiting folks, and I hope I’ve given you a decent selection to
read. Posts with just a couple of lines and a hyperlink were left out, just for
The next mela will be hosted at Selective