An interesting incident made my week. Here is the anecdote: Today afternoon, when i went to the Indian food stall at the Arts Canteen here for some veg fare (i rarely eat Indian food during the week); the Uncle across the counter, addressed me as ‘Bhaiya’ and i was rather pleasantly surprised by the Mohd. … More A Scribble in Singapore Diaries: Notes from the ‘Field’
Extremely sad to hear the loss of a young cricketers life today. Prayers and condolences to his family. But i am wondering if the same global media hype would have been created if a Zimbabwe batsman would have been hit. A need to interrogate majoratarian media narratives from Sydney to Ferguson. Feruguson is a case … More From Ferguson to Sydney: interrogating media narratives
Yesterday, i was watching a fabulous program on NDTV with Barkha Dutt interviewing an Egyptian-British Author and Dr. Shashi Tharoor and the discussion was on the notion of home. It did stir a hornets nest of emotions as i have lived in three cities in culturally varied parts of the world and never totally totally … More What is exactly ‘home’
In an age of rising religiosity and asserting majoratarian identities from beirut to banares to bandung, with religion driving political rhetoric in the developing world where most countries are anthropological melting pots, this is a real reason for concern, a precursor for impending sectarian strife. India being a Hindu majority but constitutionally secular state, like Turkey and Indonesia (Muslim … More Confessions of a Secular Pragmatist
As an expat myself for half my life, in the Middle East and South East Asia, immigrants and their integration dynamics into their host societies has been one of my interests. In this Globalization2.0 enabled Flat World, semi skilled and hyper educated immigrants make their way for economic reasons, some to settle down and some … More Immigrant Diasporas- a symbol for social resilience or vulnerability?