2010 Jan 29 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

This blog records the death of American author J D Salinger with grief. He died of natural causes at his home no Wednesday. Salinger was the author of Catcher In The Rye, which went on to symbolize teenage angst and transform American literature. Published in 1951, the book became one of the most influential novels in modern American literature for its disaffected tale of teenage angst, seen through the eyes of protagonist Holden Caulfield, the anti-hero who despised “phonies” in an adult world and subsequently became an icon of teen rebellion. One of the stories, “Slight Rebellion Off Madison,” published…

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2010 Jan 23 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

Just started reading a graphic novel Kabul Disco by Nicolas Wild. Finished about 40 pages and I’m loving it. You can pick one up at Blossoms/ Bookworm/ Goobe’s etc for about Rs 250.UPDATE: I finished the book. There’s nothing new in it. It’s funny at times but not hilarious all the way. Its a wee bit educational (i.e. you get to learn some dates, and names). Its a lovely portrayal of the author’s life in Afghanistan. May not appeal to you if you are not a graphic novel buff. May appeal to you if you like your books (and humor)…

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2010 Jan 02 By jayadevanpk 3 comment

Safdar Hashmi (April 12, 1954 – January 2, 1989) was a Communist playwright, actor, director, lyricist, and theorist, chiefly associated with Street theatre in India, and is still considered an important voice in political theatre in India He was a founding member of Jana Natya Manch (People’s Theatre Front; Janam for short) in 1973, which grew out of the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA). Safdar became a symbol of cultural resistance against authoritarianism for the Indian left. Janam continues its theatre work in Delhi. The writer Bhisham Sahni, along with many other artists, founded the ‘Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust’ (SAHMAT)…

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2009 Dec 18 By jayadevanpk 2 comment

Stacie Adams has an interesting take on Facebook on The Smirking Chimp. Excerpts: For all the talk about connecting to people around the world, social utilities really only serve to foster the increasing sense of isolation and narcissism already rampant among humanity. Nothing of merit is shared, just a cleaned up version of a person free of common flaws and idiosyncrasies that tend to be the most interesting facets of one’s personality. So this cluster fuck of terminal ignorance and chicanery should be a huge story, right? Wrong. The big story regarding Facebook this week was the further alteration of…

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2009 Dec 03 By jayadevanpk 5 comment

Sorry folks, The telephone line at my house went dead day before yesterday, so no internet and no blogging :(. However, in the little time that I have, sitting at the office computer, I’m going to squeeze this one in. Hope you have read my last post. And also, I hope you have read a whole lot more about Tiger woods over the last week than you have read about him in his entire sports career. There is this very irritating question of ethics and privacy most journalists try to scuttle. Tim McGuire, the Frank Russell Chair for the business…

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2009 Dec 01 By jayadevanpk 4 comment

(In pic: Frank Sinatra) It was through a link forwarded by Sriram, I first read about Frank Sinatra. The essay “Frank Sinatra has a Cold” by Gay Talese, which is described as one of the most famous pieces of magazine jounralism, as one of the greatest celebrity profiles ever written and as one of the seminal works of New Journalism told me a lot about the man. Here’s a letter from the man himself, uploaded by the folks at lettersofnote.com which tells me a lot more. One day in April of 1976, Chicago Daily News columnist Mike Royko decided to…

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2009 Nov 27 By jayadevanpk 7 comment

  In pic: Shamsheer Yousaf Just when I was losing hope in journalism, Shamsheer Yousaf, (The bird as he is known among friends), a Bangalore based Journalist who mainly covers Education and Right to Information, sent me this mail:  Well IIM Bangalore has learnt their lesson. They will not mess with Shamsheer Yousaf anymore 🙂 I just thought I should share my latest cheap thrill  — my victory against IIM Bangalore in an RTI case. To summarize, I had asked for some information about decisions taken by the Board of Governors of IIM Bangalore under the Right To Information(RTI) Act….

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2009 Nov 09 By jayadevanpk 4 comment

In an unprecedented incident in Karnataka Judiciary, advocates on Monday held the ‘Judiciary’ hostage by locking up two judges of division bench inside the court hall nearly two hours and forced Chief Justice to cancel judicial sitting. Legal correspondent of The New Indian Express Aravind Shetty jokes that people were “Legally beaten up”. Yeah,  quite literally with law books! Judicial proceedings of the High Court has  resumed afternoon with police protection, City Police Commissioner met Chief Justice and provided additional security. According to Chief Justice PD Dinakaran, who’s presently got his hands full with the allegations of land grabbing levelled…

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2009 Nov 04 By jayadevanpk 0 comment

Cartoon: Regarding the Ongoing Irrelevance of Keynesian Economics More progressive and liberal cartoons on www.leftycartoons.com John Maynard Keynes advocated interventionist government policy, by which governments would use fiscal and monetary measures to mitigate the adverse effects of business cycles, economic recessions, and depressions.

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2009 Nov 03 By jayadevanpk 1 comment

Alok Kejriwal a digital entrepreneur based in Mumbai who is presently the CEO and co-founder of games2win.com,  inspite of ‘being robbed of most of the games his company creates’, has an interesting take on piracy at the website– contentSutra. “What would have happened if the Music Labels—the Virgins, EMIs, etc., had gotten together and invested in Napster or just bought it outright and made it their industry ‘digital music’ distribution channel? A Sony (NYSE: SNE) ‘walkpod’—a la iPod—would have complemented the business: The music guys cranking out music, and the hardware guys making the stuff to play it on. The…

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