Possibly, most of the writers would not like to return to the pre-computer age, just like the writers before them did not want to return to pre-typewriter age and the ones before them did not want anything to do with pre-paper and pre-ink days and so on. The fact is that the tools that we use to shape things shape us back. And if we...

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The Magic of Words Writing

Words are magical. Perhaps, part of the magic lies within us. Words evoke images and fill them with colour like a seasoned painter. And these images are inextricably connected with our emotions and experiences. We are rarely conscious of the way the words affect our thought process and we are hardly ever aware that sound of our own words on our ears affects our thought...

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Orhan Pamuk Writing

No, I am not a Pamuk fan. Not yet. Just got his famous book My Name Is Red and I am yet to start reading it. And no, I did not know the book was famous, I only knew that the author was. A Nobel laureate has to be famous. Without being famous enough to be known, he could not get a Nobel and after receiving,...

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Indebted to words General / Writing

Sometimes — no, actually very often — I think about who is reading the words I am putting here. I am feeding into my computer and burdening the inexhaustible internet. Is there really anyone reading all this? Or am I just shouting aloud in the eternal blackhole, in which everything is absorbed and nothing returns? Truly, I don’t know whether a single person has ever...

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CBI or CBCC? Humour / Politics

When the CBI top man, Ranjit Sinha, revealed – not much of revelation though no matter how desperately we hoped it wasn’t true – that the CBI had to ‘consult’ the government on certain issues, I began wondering if I really understood what CBI really was and what it was supposed to do. What did he think he was doing showing an investigation report to...

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Rahul Gandhi: The ‘Soch’ Man! Humour

Rahul Plato Gandhi. The world is an idea. A big idea. A grand idea. It’s such an idea that one cannot even begin to imagine what an idea it is! At the heart of this idea, the grand idea that is under discussion here, there is this immeasurable depth of ideation, which is so deep that one can only look inside and shudder in wonder...

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Creativity And Success: Handling Failures Effectively Philosophy

What turns on the fountain of creativity to unleash an unceasing torrent of creative output has been one of those perennial mysteries that mankind had been desperately trying to get to the bottom of since the beginning of thought. We really, really want to know what turns some of us into the creative giants whereas others keep slogging day in, day out without much success,...

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Jealousy: Hate It Not Philosophy

People talk of jealousy as though it was an affliction of some sort. May be it is. May be it is a mental condition to be diagnosed by a psychiatrist before it is too late, before it turns debilitating. I don’t know. What I know is that it is quite natural for people to feel that someone has done better than they did, and they...

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@narendramodi You mean the assassinated former Prime Minister of India you maligned not very long ago? Criticising him was perfectly fine but calling him corrupt, when no personal corruption was ever proved, was clearly out of line and indecent. 2 days ago

In such an acutely vitiated political atmosphere, Exit Polls are more unreliable than they ever were. Even if BJP returns to power, the final results are almost certain to deviate from the exit polls substantially, if not drastically. 2 days ago

"Love is a verb." - Coffee Shop (2014) 1 week ago

@dhruv_rathee They did the same flipflop with 'The Hindu' as well when the newspaper published about Bofors and then when it exposed the Rafale deal. For telling the same kind of truth in two instances, the newspaper was patriotic and anti-national depending upon who it exposed. 1 week ago

The Raj Dharma advice from a mountain to a speck of dust. twitter.com/Priyascorner/s… 2 weeks ago

@ArvindKejriwal National elections are not contested over local issues, Kejri. Delhi will vote for the nation, and not for Delhi alone, for the voters have the basic understanding of the constitutional scheme that you spectacularly lack. 2 weeks ago

Silence maintains the illusion of wisdom beyond the reach of discerning radars. 2 weeks ago

If so, you could send some vultures to count the bodies after "warriors" like yourself and the gallant PM had flown across the border and destroyed enemy camps. You might even find a few of such vultures within your party if you look hard enough. indiatoday.in/elections/lok-… 2 weeks ago

@BDUTT Since in Islamic tradition God is referred to as Allah and 'Khuda' is Persian for the same, 'Allahhafiz' is more like being more 'authentic' or Islamic, if you will. Ramzan's turning to 'Ramadan' is just linguistic preference. I prefer 'Ramzan', for I like the sound of it. 2 weeks ago

Probably BJP was feeling ignored by the Election Commission (EC). So, they fielded Pragya Thakur. And now the EC seems unable to keep from serving notices on her one after the other. 😅 2 weeks ago

One can't counter lies with lies. Someone is clearly lying. But if a former CoAS is, it would be a new low. Air needs to be cleared on this now. twitter.com/Gen_VKSingh/st… 2 weeks ago

@BDUTT @RahulGandhi Rest assured, Barkha, they can approve of anything at all so long as it has been said or done by their presiding deity. It's not for no reason that they are called 'bhakts'. You are assuming basic human decency here. That's a mistake. 3 weeks ago

@dissolving_mind @virsanghvi Also, being an old practice is not the same thing as being the right one. Besides, a commoner saying something and a Prime Minister saying it are not the same thing either. Those are a few differences that readily come to mind. However, you are entitled to your opinion. 3 weeks ago

@dissolving_mind @virsanghvi Criticism is not the same as accusation. One may be criticized for the ideological position one takes, alive or dead. Accusations are factual allegations regarding one's involvement in a crime or immoral behaviour. One needs to prove them as facts first. 3 weeks ago

@virsanghvi @dissolving_mind Apart from that, how does doing the same thing make it right only because it has been done in response or retaliation? Also, one can't invoke the past sins of others to defend one's present sins. 3 weeks ago

जिनसे अपने जूते नहीं खुलते वो दूसरों की परेशानियां दूर करने निकले हैं। “मैं खड़ा हूँ यहाँ पे।” क्यों खड़े हैं कहीं पर भी? बैठ जाइये, थक जाएंगे। होना तो आपसे कुछ है नहीं। थोड़ा आराम ही कर लीजिये। twitter.com/ANINewsUP/stat… 3 weeks ago

@OmarAbdullah Using violence to make -- rather force -- a political point is the very definition of 'terrorism'. 3 weeks ago

@rohini_sgh @virsanghvi @DelhiPolice He is not just an individual. He is the duly elected Chief Minister of Delhi with 67/70 majority, no less. And yet. 3 weeks ago

@shekharkapur @narendramodi Such an epoch-making statement. Wow! Is it magical, too? Can it clean Ganga? Or has it been already cleaned by the magical treatment plant of Modi-words? 3 weeks ago

@virsanghvi Although I have no respect for this 'work' or his status as a "Canadian of Indian origin", I do respect his right to stay and work in India. That said, he is still an outsider, having voluntarily sworn allegiance to "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada." 3 weeks ago

@akshaykumar No problem. Please continue. We might even call your contribution 'Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)'. Citizenship is not a 'non-political' issue, especially when you take upon yourself to conduct 'non-political' interviews of 'our' politicians during the time of 'our' elections. 3 weeks ago

'Love' is blind also to the behavioural, cultural and intellectual poverty of the object of love in addition to its general blindness to all things relevant. 3 weeks ago

@ArvindKejriwal - Who is asking for full statehood for Delhi, Kejri? The police listens just fine. The rest of the things you claim statehood would help you do can be done to a large extent without full statehood. On this plank you’ll get no votes. 3 weeks ago

What do these BJP people say? To whom does it make sense? twitter.com/BDUTT/status/1… 1 month ago

@kritish2007 @tavleen_singh And how exactly do you know her ordeal in such intimate detail? She was a terror suspect under arrest on charges of having killed her own countrymen. Terror suspects are not questioned softly. What is this 'leftist' rant? And who is a leftist? The one who talks of the poor? 1 month ago

@battakhushboo23 Pragya Thakur is not so much of a political candidate as she is part of the hardline posturing that started with Yogi Adityanath's appointment as UP's CM. It's simply about how far can they push the envelope on the force of 'Modi wave', which might be waning but is not out yet. 1 month ago

@virsanghvi Accused of killing her own countrymen for the politics of hatred, she goes on to belittle the sacrifice of a police officer who laid down his life in defense of his countrymen. And she is contesting to represent the same countrymen in Parliament. Layered cake of insults, that. 1 month ago

@ReallySwara If BJP comes back in power, regardless of whether she wins a seat in the Parliament or not, the possibility of her conviction will get dimmer, if any possibility is left by that time, given that the evidence tends to disappear and memories fail as the time passes. 1 month ago

@ReallySwara No, she has been but in all likelihood will be. She has been charged by the court, but the investigation agencies are in no mood to do the legwork needed to obtain a conviction, which is what the 'clean chit' by the NIA and the like means. 1 month ago

@vrsrini @virsanghvi They are not there to understand or discuss, only to counter and abuse, which is why they don't engage in meaningful discussions but in pointless shouting matches on national television. 1 month ago

@virsanghvi You could be Archangel Gabriel far more convincingly than Ramdev can be a saint. 1 month ago

@PritishNandy No, I don't think that's really the right response. What is needed is not "giving it back" but giving it right. Calling someone anything should not lead to violent backlash, no matter who the person is. That's suppressing dissent all the same. 1 month ago

@narendramodi Unless one is voting for you, one is not voting for the nation, right? These kiddies seem unaware that they wouldn't be electing a 'head of the government' but an MP. They don't know the first thing about Parliamentary Democracy. They are not electors, they are cheerleaders. 1 month ago

@ashokepandit "Doosron ke paap ginaane se apne paap kam nahin hote." Salim-Javed made one of his characters say that in one of the films written by them. Filmein dekha keejiye filmein, Pandit ji. 'Deewar' hi dekh leejiye jab tak Vivek Oberoi sahab ki behtareen adaakari parde pe nahin aati. 😂 1 month ago

@ashokepandit Furthermore, why are you engaging in this pointless whataboutery? Counting their sins wouldn't take away from yours. If you are doing what Congress has done, how are you any different anyway, if that was the point? 1 month ago

@ashokepandit Do you even understand the difference between being accused of a murder and being accused of a terror act for political gains? And, worse, when the person has her political visibility solely on account of such alleged gruesome acts and hate speeches. 1 month ago

Someone thinks that there is “no difference” between being intellectually lynched and physically lynched. Really? 😐 twitter.com/ashokepandit/s… 1 month ago

Actually. That’s how I now know who are the crazed animals who can do little than follow blindly and defend viciously any kind of insanity aa long it’s favoured by their ‘Supreme Leader’. twitter.com/ShashiTharoor/… 2 months ago

They would credit Modi for the change of season, too, if the idea was not completely absurd. But one never knows; they just might. 😂 twitter.com/OmarAbdullah/s… 2 months ago

No, I am not a chowkidaar. I am a citizen of India whose interest the chowkidaars are constitutionally bound to protect and serve. 2 months ago

Chowkidar Narendra Modi?! Really now? This gimmick from the Prime Minister of India? Clever comebacks are fine for election rallies. Twitter profile of the Indian Prime Minister is unfit for electoral rhetoric. Maybe Modi couldn’t really be anything other than a BJP campaigner. 2 months ago

@Zebaism This is certainly outrageous. 2 months ago

@shekharkapur What's going on Shekhar? Why do you want us to believe anything and anybody without being sure? Asking questions does not make us a 'soft target', it makes us a vibrant democracy that our future generations would be proud of and thankful to us for. 2 months ago

We were a civilisation once. We are a raging mob now. Be proud of it, if that’s possible. Interestingly, it is possible, which says a lot about us. Need I say more? twitter.com/BDUTT/status/1… 3 months ago

@IAmSudhirMishra If you must know, they also ask inconvenient questions. And who among the hero-worshipers ever liked hero-questioners, if you will, in any civilization at any point of time in near or distant past? 3 months ago

So, again, how much damage did we inflict on the terror organization after risking the lives of our brave pilots who conducted the airstrikes, and after making Wing Commander Abhinandan go through the ordeal? Or is it an anti-national question these days? 3 months ago

"We do not count human casualties," says the IAF. The Prime Minister tells us to trust the Armed Forces (the fact of airstrike is not under question anyway). So, not trusting the number of casualties initially given until established does not amount to distrusting the forces. 3 months ago

If we all remain patriotic and nationalistic, the 250/300/350 unconfirmed casualties of the airstrike would remain dead even if some, many or none of them died. Faith keeps finding new ways to kill, shall we say? 3 months ago

India must ensure that Pakistan is held to account for the misuse of F-16s. thehindu.com/news/internati… 3 months ago

People crying for war with Pakistan neither understand war, nor Pakistan, nor 'war with Pakistan'. 3 months ago

@OmarAbdullah Better still if there was no bragging at all. 3 months ago

Heartening to know that Wing Commander Abhinandan has been treated with due respect by the Pakistani Armed Forces. youtube.com/watch?v=nIHs7p… 3 months ago

Absolutely. He is a soldier doing what he is duty-bound to do. He, as an individual, is nobody's enemy. twitter.com/sardesairajdee… 3 months ago

All military engagements, howsoever small, are serious situations involving human casualties. Stop dancing around. This is not a wedding. 3 months ago

Let's bring the celebratory drumming down a few notches, shall we? We have done what needed to be done. The air strike was more of a retaliatory gesture than a solution. There are no lasting solutions on the battlefield. 3 months ago

@HarishKhuranna @sardesairajdeep I believe, Mr. Sardesai is the kind of man who looks for the truth in face of contradictory claims by two sides opposed to each other. One might call such people the 'seekers of the truth', if you will. 3 months ago

And that you should continue doing, Mr. Sardesai. That's your job. Armed forces will do theirs, I am sure, and you should continue with yours. A crucial part of your job is to verify, which is inherently opposed to the idea of 'trust'. twitter.com/sardesairajdee… 3 months ago

No, that is not entirely true. India has called it a 'non-military' strike. That description has been carefully used to communicate that the strike was not against Pakistan but against JeM within Pakistani territory. We want no war. That has been the message. twitter.com/GulPanag/statu… 3 months ago

@virsanghvi China and Pakistan are not like Jai and Veeru. They are more like Gabbar and Sambha; not exactly though. :-p 3 months ago

There you go. That's what happens when cow worshipers become VCs. twitter.com/ANINewsUP/stat… 5 months ago

@ArvindKejriwal Help me understand exactly why you need his permission. 6 months ago

@nytimes Show respect? This sounds pretty North Korean. Trump should not over-fraternize with Kim Jong-un in the national interest of the US. Trump seems to be learning at the feet of Putin and the Supreme Leader of North Korea. Nothing good can come of it. 6 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 I am perfectly at ease with the term 'liberal'. I am not deleting any tweets. And the discussion stands terminated forthwith. I did that twice earlier. 6 months ago

@debiacharya1969 @_Mauna_ @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 You will not tell me how to take someone's name. He is plain Savarkar. End of the story. I am free to call him by his name. I don't consider him 'veer' at all. So, it's time to end this discussion. I have sent my last tweet to you. 6 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 Ha ha ha! I like Jack Nicholson, too. 😀 6 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 The context of 'Indian' comes from citizenship. Check what I said. This is the last tweet in response to you. Farewell. 6 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 Ha ha ha! Rest assured of your beliefs, for that's all one is left with without the truth. 6 months ago


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