I have always held that Satanic Verses was not Salman Rushdie's best work. It was catapulted into fame or notoriety (depending on whom you ask) by the 1989 fatwa by the Supreme cleric of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini. The Fatwa made Khomeini a religious authority - at least in respect of the murder call - for … Continue reading My Literary Fix – Hamid Dubashi Review on Rushdie’s Verses
Of course, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot be accused of meddling with every military or paramilitary move. The PMO does it for him. We do not know what was the urgency on February 14 this year to send 2500 CRPF personnel from Jammu to Srinagar - one of the most treacherous highways with a long … Continue reading Pulwama: Not a MODIcum of Truth
THE PASTOR WHO KILLED SATAN Stories in the Bible gel so well with their own ancient witch-and-wizard tales, that African converts are serious believers in God, Son and the Holy Ghost. I am not sure whether Pastor MBoro of South Africa was merely pulling a fast one to impress his FaceBook followers or actually killed … Continue reading My Daily Fix 2- The Pastor who beat God
Sorry, friends, I've been away for some time. Not by choice, but for reasons beyond my control. I'll try making up with a daily fix in the days to come. Here's a fine nexample of foolish guffaw and sly ridicule. Two partners in religion-based crimes : Mohammed bin Salman and Narendra Modi. 2; No misogyny … Continue reading My day’s fix- Foolish Guffaw and Sly Ridicule
When my wife shook me out of some kind of a nightmare I couldn't quite recollect, it was 1:30 in the morning, the first of November, 1984. “Satnam is on the phone,” she said. “Karnail-ji has not come home.” Satnam Kaur was the wife of Karnail Singh Ahluwalia, whom I had nicknamed the Saint Sardar, … Continue reading FOUR DAYS OF TERROR
Answer to a question posed to me on quora.com Broadly stated, the brightest place on earth as viewed from the ISS is the Las Vegas strip. All major the cities of the world are visible as clusters of bright spots from the ISS which is at an average altitude of 405 kilometers from earth. The … Continue reading Was everything dark from space except Mecca and Medina?
Sam D’Cruz was a friend and neighbour. He lived by, among other things, arranging fake degrees for youngsters who were trying to go abroad for a job. Soon as he was out of jail the third time, he wangled a diploma in automobile engineering by paying Rupees 2000 to a free-lance broker, and then … Continue reading Sam D’Cruz tale retold