Why so venomous, India?

The barrage of hate that followed veteran journalist Gauri Lankesh’s cold-blooded murder, was vile, venomous and vitriolic. Lankesh was the editor of Lankesh Patrike, a Kannada weekly who was shot dead on Tuesday evening outside her home in Bengaluru by unidentified assailants. There were a number of tweets that celebrated her death and even went to the extent of saying she ‘had it coming.’ That makes one wonder if we have lost our ability to empathise or have basic courtesy. Continue reading Why so venomous, India?

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Contemplating Life and Death, one website at a time

On the internet, one can learn to make biriyani or even a bomb. While it empowers, it also provides a platform for exploitation of impressionable minds. Among other things, it can teach people with depression or suicidal tendencies the most effective ways to end their lives. Pro-suicide sites are among the most dangerous sites on the internet today and all one needs to do to access them is to type some basic keywords that open up to a deep, dark world where Death is romanticised and Life is ridiculed.

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A Tale of Two Survivors

Bruises take time to heal but scars, they fade but rarely disappear. For women who are victims of domestic abuse but also burn victims, it is not just the trauma of physical abuse but the mental agony of dealing with burn scars that takes a heavy toll on them.
Here are the stories of two such women who are not victims as much as they are survivors.
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Why being a Good Samaritan isn’t always good

Being a Good Samaritan can backfire. Dr Banu Krishnan experienced that when she was allegedly harassed continuously after she took a 64-year-old woman, Rathinamal, who was lying helpless on the road, to the hospital. What followed was an unexpected turn of events, one that would haunt her for quite some time.

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Beware, your ignorance is costing you; banks fleecing customers with transaction charges

The banking sector is going through a churn. The issue of Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) looms like a dagger overhead and one that they are looking to get rid off at any cost – even if it means penalising unsuspecting depositors.

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Indian IT in a Fix; Techies Left Sweating

It is no secret that the Indian Information Technology (IT) sector is facing trying times. While there are numerous statements coming in from top voices in the industry to instil optimism in employees, there is still an air of uncertainty and nervousness among professionals of all levels with talk of layoffs and a hiring freeze doing the rounds. 
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Playing with Fire, Putting Lives at Risk

The fire at the Chennai Silks textile showroom in T Nagar laid bare the poor fire safety precautions present in large commercial buildings. Though there were no casualties reported and the building has been demolished to make way for yet another multi-storey shopping complex, it remains to be seen if fire safety is among the foremost priorities. Continue reading Playing with Fire, Putting Lives at Risk

Profile of a Kili Josiyam (Parrot Astrologer)

This is a profile I had done while I was studying in college in 2014. It becomes relevant today as the Forest Department of Tamil Nadu and police along with activists have been seizing the parrots from parrot astrologers, leaving many of them like the man I profiled years ago wondering what to do now that they have been stolen of their livelihood.  Continue reading Profile of a Kili Josiyam (Parrot Astrologer)