Monthly Archives: November 2012

Two words used on IIT Bombay campus : Gymkhana and Uttariya

Gymkhana ‘At British Cricket Clubs in colonial India’, author wrote, food served and entertainment were English, the wine may have been  French. But the only concession to India was the commonly use suffix, gymkhana, which derived from  gend-khana, or ball … Continue reading

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Perception of Aishwarya Rai after she became mother

Ref : http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/15/aishwarya-rai-body-india-women The following year she won Miss World. “That contest is seen as a bit of a joke in the west but Rai winning really mattered to India,” said Rachel Dwyer, professor of Indian cinema at the University … Continue reading

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Resources on M. N. Srinivas

Parvathi Memon remembering M. N. Srinivas in Frontline. A interview with M. N. Srinivas by Chris Fuller.  

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Jawaharlal Nehru : on Religion

India is suppose to be a religious country above everything else …  I have frequently condemned [religion] and wished to make a clean sweep of it. Almost always it seemed to stand for blind belief and reaction, dogma and bigotry, … Continue reading

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Untold story (The Cuban missile crisis) by John Cherian

Full article on : Frontline magazine. Most historians and commentators bought the version put out by the Americans that it was the Soviet side that “blinked” first and thus brought the crisis to an end. American documents that have been … Continue reading

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‘Obesession with equality in America’ : Andre Beteille

American do not wish to reward birth, they do wish to reward intelligence. Unfortunately for Americans – and for egalitarians world over – birth and intelligence are closely connected, socially and perhaps to some extent also genetically. This is the … Continue reading

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A note on Homo Academicus

In the preface of this book, author speaks of the experiences this book contains being similar to those attributed by the David Garnett to the hero of his short story ‘A man in the zoo’. In this story, a young … Continue reading

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