Ulahannan was his name. The name meant, in normal parlance, John. It is quite probable that the original name of John the Baptist was Ulahannan in Aramaic - the language spoken by Jews of Jesus' time. That's what Ulahannan, who came to be called Ullu, told me. As time passed, the shorter name stuck. That Ullu meant … Continue reading ULLU THE OWL AND HIS FAMOUS COCA-COLA RECEPTION
Narendra Damnodar Das Modi is an ambitious man. There is nothing wrong about being ambitious. One cannot reach anywhere unless one entertains an ambition to reach beyond it. An American who interviewed Modi in 2004 predicted that Modi was planning to be the Prime Minister of India. Those were the days when he was under fire … Continue reading THE TRUTH BEHIND A FALSE HERO
Even assuming Narendra Modi has changed, his support base has not. Modi's rise has given rise to new Bhajrangis. RSS gave him till 2019 to keep his promise. Modi might prove to be India's misfortune
This is an extract of my February, 2012 blog titled Of Two Authors -One Condemned for Life Taslima continues to be an an enigma exile – derided, abused and in danger for life in her own country as well as in India, her adopted country. Jaipur Literary Festival (2012) missed Salman Rushdie who refused to come unless the government assured him safety, but forgot the writer who steadfastly lives in India despite the daily scare.Finding that spirit still aflame in her in the Twitter handle,@taslimanasreen that I accidentally came across, I thought a revisit of that part of the blog was called for.
“All Malayalees,” I once told my wife while she was poring through a horoscope, “go by the horoscopes for arranging their offsprings’ marriage. Yet Malayalees hold the record for the highest number of family suicides – killing the children and the wife, and then the husband hanging himself”,. “If that is what happens after they … Continue reading “ASTROLOGY AND ME” REVISITED
Living far away from Kerala in an alien city, I would not have heard of Dr. MM Basheer. I should thank a motley outfit of some fifty or sixty lunatics whom I would call Monkey troop for inadvertently introducing his name and a few of his works to me. No, Monkey Troop is not the … Continue reading WHY A MONKEY TROOP BANNED Dr. MM BASHEER