ULLU THE OWL AND HIS FAMOUS COCA-COLA RECEPTION

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

REVISITING TASLIMA NASREEN AND HER “SHAME”.

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.

“ASTROLOGY AND ME” REVISITED

“All Malayalees,” I once told my wife while she was poring through a horoscope, “go by the horoscopes for arranging their offsprings’ marriage. And 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