Tag: Vikram Muthanna

Air Rage
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Air Rage

January 28, 2023

Most of us love travelling. We don’t mind rustic travel when we are young, but as we get older, we are inclined to have, if not a luxurious travel experience, then at least a comfortable one, especially foreign travel. This, of course, costs more money, but I won’t give up. Over the years, I have…

Dangerous Public Works
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Dangerous Public Works

January 14, 2023

On Tuesday, a 28-year-old woman and her two-and-half-year-old son were killed after a reinforcement structure made of iron rods for constructing a Namma Metro pillar crashed on a bike-borne family in Bengaluru. Ironically, most public works — the very exercise of doing something good for the public — are done in a manner that is…

Of Beard & Men
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Of Beard & Men

January 7, 2023

Whether or not Rahul Gandhi’s attempt at political reinvention and rejuvenation via ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ will succeed is yet to be seen. But what can be seen right now is his bush. His thick ‘salt-n-pepper’ bushy face has made it to the news. Last month, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma made a petty comment….

COVID Year Continues?
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COVID Year Continues?

December 31, 2022

There is much anticipation and hope for 2023. Sadly 2022, while not as bad as 2020 or 2021, has ended on a sombre note. No, not because we’ve been told “No DJ music” by the city administration but because there is news of a new COVID variant. We were promised freedom with vaccines, but Coronavirus…

Fanatic Hues
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Fanatic Hues

December 24, 2022

Oh! Religion is at it again. The bane of our existence is now going after colours! Colours are an essential part of most religions, but claiming religious proprietary over a particular colour and attaching religious sensitivity to it is an unholy and ungodly act. Narottam Mishra, the Home Minister of Madhya Pradesh, objected to Deepika…

Clogged Judiciary
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Clogged Judiciary

December 17, 2022

I boarded a connecting flight from Kolkata to Bengaluru. My co-passenger, a chatty elderly gentleman, said he had been visiting Bengaluru for 19 years, not because he loved the city but because of a land dispute case!  As we parted ways at the airport, I wished him luck with his case and hoped his next…

Waiting for Lalitha Mahal to Collapse?
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Waiting for Lalitha Mahal to Collapse?

November 5, 2022

In 2012, the 130-year-old Lansdowne building collapsed. In 2016, a part of the 136-year-old Devaraja Market collapsed. In 2022, a portion of the 95-year-old Vani Vilas Market collapsed. Two weeks ago, a part of the 106-year-old Maharani’s College collapsed. Is Lalitha Mahal Palace next? I ask because, on a recent visit to Lalitha Mahal Palace,…

Basking in Reflected Glory
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Basking in Reflected Glory

October 29, 2022

As soon as Rishi Sunak was named the new Prime Minister of England, I prepared myself for the onslaught of cringe-worthy celebrations and tweets. I wasn’t disappointed.  As expected, the Indian media ran headlines such as “Indian son rises over the empire” and “Battered Britain gets ‘desi’ big boss”, forgetting that Rishi is neither India’s…

Congress must choose: Gandhis or Democracy
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Congress must choose: Gandhis or Democracy

October 22, 2022

India desperately needs a strong Opposition party. Sadly, Congress refuses to take that place. Its members always choose the Gandhi family’s wishes over their voters’. On Wednesday (Oct.19), 80-year-old M. Mallikarjun Kharge, the Congress party’s ‘consensus candidate’, beat 66-year-old Shashi Tharoor to be the new non-Gandhi Congress Party President in 27 years. Only the old…

Yatra: Optics & Opportunities
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Yatra: Optics & Opportunities

October 15, 2022

Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra (Unite India March), led by Rahul Gandhi, is on the move. The Congress party’s grand intent of ‘Bharat Jodo’ feels more like ‘Congress Jodo’, considering the internal fractures within the party.  If Rahul Gandhi is serious about uniting a diverse nation like ours, he should be rabidly secular. By keeping mum…

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