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October 4, 2008

Posted by K in Copyright Infringemnt, Funny, Recent reads-and my comments.
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The BCL is undergoing renovation. Hurrah! Lol. I get to borrow 5 books instead of 3 and 3 DVDs instead of 2 till December, because of that :D:D (The books have come to Bombay with me. Muhaha.)

Sebastian Faulks’ (Not Faulk, apologies) Pistache has, amongst others, this-

T.S Eliot

reflects that it might have come out better in limericks

THE WASTE LAND

Said a Lloyd’s clerk with mettlesome glands:

‘To Margate- I’ll lie on the sands.

The Renaissance and Dante,

Dardanelles and now-Shanti!

God, it’s all come apart in my hands.’

THE LOVE SONG OF J. ALFRED PRUFROCK

I once missed the moment to be

Someone not on the periphery;

But my second-hand life

Was too dull for a wife:

Now the stairlist awaits only me.

FOUR QUARTETS

For an Anglican, time is too vast;

A rose or a vision can’t last:

It’s a moment in history,

Our grace and our mystery,

And the future is lost in the past.

ASH WEDNESDAY

The weight of the past makes me pine

For a language that’s English, but mine.

No more hog’s-head and Stilton,

And to prove I’m not Milton,

I’ll compose with four beats to a line.

Opinions, the Manu Smriti, etc. August 9, 2008

Posted by K in Gender, Politics, Recent reads-and my comments, Reviews/Rants.
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What a pity we are all entitled to our own opinions.

(It is. Really. Because it then means that it is okay for a person to hold discriminatory opinions. It is okay to believe that a joke which goes like-there are three problems in the world, email, gmail and female-is funny. That believeing the Manu Smriti doesn’t spew venom against Shudras is ok.<–I was challenged to read the Manu Smriti and find out for myself whether the quotes used by Dalit Rights activists do actually figure in the ‘seminal’ text. I did; last night. I read 44 of the 274 pages, and then used the search feature to read every-tenet?- pertaining to Shudras. I will attach the link*, and the specific points that merit special reading, especially for those who still believe that the likes of Dr. Ambedkar were fools, and ranting out of context.)

(Somethings are just wrong. I won’t spend any energy trying to ‘compromise’/see the other side.)

*http://www.esnips.com/doc/133237a9-b9bd-4823-b37e-9555e3d0f707/Manu-Smriti—Sanskrit-Text-with-English-Translation

Leave a comment if you want me to mail you the particularly obnoxious-article?-numbers.

Urgh. February 8, 2008

Posted by K in Maiden, Recent reads-and my comments.
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Why is good journalism so hard? I’ve been reading a few reports of the Maiden gig, and I’m surprised at the quality-again. If last year was bad, look at this. A quick google search would have prevented the gross inaccuracies.

I’ve a good mind to apply as a reporter for the next gig. Hmph.

January 26, 2008

Posted by K in contemporary, Diary, Gender, Recent reads-and my comments, Reviews/Rants.
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Hindustan Times has a new obnoxious writer: Vinod Nair(Damn, and I thought all Mallus were nice). I don’t know what his column profile officially is, but it ends up being a space where he unleashes his misogyny. The first column I read of his was about Indian women and their inner wear , and the second one I read, today, was about inner wear again, and though he tried (or did he…?) to make it about both genders, he managed to produce schpiel about how women like displaying bra straps and underwear bands, but get offended if men stare. Now the problematics of him not seeing a problem with lecherous men apart, I wonder why he writes such shit. Does he get paid by the scale of nastiness? It’s HT City, hence quite possible (though I admit I quite like Under Honey’s Hat: the fictionalized gossip column).

Maybe the issues raised by him are pertinent, if not to me, then somebody else; but why does he deal with his subject matter with such female body related venom? Why does he objectify women with his very male gaze, and more importantly, why is he allowed to??

In other matters, I attended a placement presentation by a company called Star Magna. Now I don’t know what the company actually is like, but the representative who presented the company sure didn’t create a very good image of it. And considering that this company deals with brand management it seems a trifle amusing that they couldn’t build their own brand in front of wee college students.

The problem was not so much with the nature of their work-brand management. I might not be a fan of the luxury segment but that doesn’t mean I go about, fangs bared, looking to bite all such companies. I had a problem with what she said. They were looking for PR (Press Relations) agents who would talk to the media regarding whatever company they were handling. She went on to qualify ‘media’: we, ofcourse, don’t call the likes of Punjab Kesari and Jain TV, she said. My head went !!! immediately. One of the first things she said was that at the end of the day, what the clients want is money. And managing brands ought to be about maximising profits. So I asked her if she thought readers of Punjab Kesari and watchers of  Jain TV either were all poor and/or did not desire brand-y things. She seemed too think not. Her answer made it evident that either she wasn’t doing a good job presenting the company, or that the company was disgustingly wannabe and wannabe-elitist.

A part of the presentation spoke about how the company also deals with model management and promotion of artisans and craftsmen of India. So when Question Time came, I asked her how the elitism was reconciled to this NGO work, how one company could on one hand, only want to deal with the likes of E-News and not the ‘masses’ that presumably patronised the likes of said Punjab Kesari and Jain TV, and at the same time look to give visibilty to the artists who come from such ‘masses’. She, ofcourse, felt the question was irrelevant, that the NGO was just something the owner did as a hobby (why put it on the COMPANY profile, then? And even so, the incongruity/hypocrisy stands)  and that I was asking it just for the sake of arguing, and that she didn’t get my question anyway. I was much amused by now, and conveyed to her that I, however, had got the answer.

The woman was rude when others asked less-controversial questions, and had come to recruit without an idea about the package she would be offering. She snapped at people, was ill-informed ( “We would prefer post-graduate students here”… “How many first and second years are here”…”Doesn’t your college offer post-graduate studies?”), and didn’t know she had earlier conveyed to the Placement Cell that the recruitment process would include a GD followed by an interview.

And then she has the gall to say “I mean, aren’t you guys, like, a little, like, whatever” Rude, I think she wanted to say.

I mean,like, yeah I want a, like, a jawb, but please don’t insult my intelligence, and don’t think you can bully me just because I’m a wee student. Sheesh.

Recent reads July 5, 2007

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I wanted to make this a page by itself, but that would mean unsettling the pretty number of 3 🙂 So here it stays, and I will go on adding to it.

  • Just William-At School:::: I’d rate this a full on 8/10.Richmal Crompton has a gift. Lovely stuff, didn’t expect to laugh so much. Oh, and I re-found this during my exams. But naturally 🙂
  • William at Christmas:::: An assorted collection of stories featuring William and Christmas time. Funny. Was craving more Crompton post exams, so picked up this and no.3 from Fact and Fiction, Vasant Vihar.
  • William and the Evacuees:::: Less funny. But extremely useful project-wise. Inspired my project selection- a comparison of the use of the pastoral by shakespeare and kiddie fic authors.
  • Wodehouse, Much Obliged, Jeeves:::: picked up a Wodehouse sometime in my history but disliked it. On a hunch I picked one up again, and I don’t regret it. I like it muchly, but I’m aware that its not something I’d like to read all the time/ in every mood.
  • The Remedy:::Absolute crap. Please don’t pick up.
  • Tom Holt, In Your Dreams:::On the way to making him my new favourite author, although I do wish the ending had been less love-lorn. Can’t wait to read Faust Among Equals.
    edit: Discovered that the library has but one Holt 😦 Off to the bookshop with me, I guess.
  • Vince and Joy:::: Made me wince. Picked it up from the library. It was actually second choice, but my first choice turned out to be a book from the children’s section, so I was told politely but firmly,lol, to put it back. The blurb on the cover claims it’s pop lit at its proudest. Hardly. It seemed to me that the author has strange ideas about love and sexuality. But I also stayed up reading it through because some of the emotions she’s broached and talked about, felt familiar. Relationships between friends and peers, family, job satisfaction…this book could be largely sourced from real life.Wouldn’t recommend it.
  • 8. having a lovely time :::Its spelt like that-in smalls. Written by an Eclair 🙂 This was one of those trashy books I gravitate to immediately after exams. Only this time I picked it because of the name and not by the cover. I suffered enough the last time with Vince and Joy. And I got lucky. This was a Sorting Out Billy. I hit pay dirt! 😀 Its a joy. The language usage is controlled and masterful, it’s colourful and the author has a brilliant way of putting things in words. She has created lovely characters, truly rounded. It is sublime 🙂
  • I also picked up two Wodies. One was Eggs Beans and Crumpets or something. This I picked primarily because was feeling rather hungry at that time. I can’t make up my mind about Wodehouse…I think its a mood thing.I can only occassionally appreciate it.
  • Vernon God Little; DBC Pierre: I loved it. Its unusual in the way it uses language. Its full of cusses and is strong on the language, and it’s one of the most beautifully written books I’ve read in a while.

April 2, 2007

Posted by K in Abstract Ramblings, Recent reads-and my comments.
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 Some see in Milton’s Paradise Lost, the unintentional making of a hero of Satan. Blake was the first to point this out, apparently, and some critics tend to see a grandeur attached to Satan’s actions. The whole rebelling-against-an-arbitrary-god thing. Choosing to leave Heaven and suffer in Hell, over obedience to God. Satan the hero-figure.

   I must admit I miss this completely. Book IX, the only book I have read, admittedly, makes it difficult to posit Satan as an equal other of God. Milton mentions many times that the only pleasure Satan gets is from destruction and chaos. He has lost the ability to be happy. He joys in destruction. The basis for his happiness, if one may call it such, is negativity. He cannot enjoy Eden, so the destruction of Adam and Eve will be the substitute to the possibility of him being in Eden, had he not Fallen.

    Satan strikes me as being petty, peevish, not-constructive, and certainly not grand. He is too weak and mean, to be grand.

     I don’t see the hero,no.