Monthly Archives: December 2013

Six Suspects

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By Sunil Kumar The final day of the year. Here’s a murder mystery, to keep my hearbeat ringing. The blog to end all blogs, for now. Today it’s “Six Suspects“; a 2009 novel by Q&A(Slumdog Millionaire) author Vikas Swarup. Delhi …

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Global Soul

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By Sunil Kumar In the age of the internet; most of us are global souls. Remember a fascinating discussion on the subject in the JLF last year. So, today’s blog is going to be about Pico Iyer and “The Global …

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Sherlock In India

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By Sunil Kumar Now that the Sherlock Holmes character is in the public domain and belongs to the world(American court ruling); we took the liberty to imagine what Holmes and Watson would do in contemporary 21st century India. Snotty Victorian …

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Shakalaka Baby! In Xanadu!

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By Sunil Kumar Shakalaka Baby! Come and Shakalaka with me! A brighter bulb right out of the sun. Million stars in the sky. “Ek Baari Jo Hai Aaana”. So, today the blog’s going to be about the dreamland of Xanadu; …

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For God And Country! Geronimo!

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By Sunil Kumar Nearly fifteen years into the twenty-first century; the world is a dramatically different place. 2001 and 9/11 altered global opinion; India’s economic power grew along with frequent terror attacks; and the Chinese are on their way to …

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Amadeus And All That Classical Jazz

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By Sunil Kumar Wigs, Romans and Countrymen! In the time before MTV and music channels; we had music. Slow and methodical; not as snappy, but more thought out, considerably so. India’s classical traditions such as Hindustani and Carnatic were even …

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Multiple Lives

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By Sunil Kumar In the idea of Hindustan; there is a mystery wrapped inside an enigma; a cocoon of “if’s” and “buts”. Today, I write about “Nine Lives”; a book on the mysterious undercurrents of Indian existence. It is easy …

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I AM SUNIL!

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By Sunil Kumar In the land of glum; there was a smiling king; a rajah who lived happily ever after. Apt introduction; could be. But very difficult to write about “I am Malala”; the story of the girl from Swat. …

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The United States of “Hypocrica”

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By Sunil Kumar Land of the unfree; home of the double-speak. If there’s one country that has global currency; literally and figuratively, it’s the United States of America. Beyond the historical brief that practically everybody must be aware of, America …

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Maximum City

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By Sunil Kumar There’s something about the city of Mumbai or Bombay; that engages the public imagination. Bollywood, street dons, glamour, sleaze, sex, alcohol, business the works. With 20 million and counting; more than all of Australia, it can be …

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