Less than Martyrs

We live in an ironic era where five Bengali Muslim Workers are killed by militants in Kashmir, a Muslim majority state, sorry UT. They would have been under the scanner for NRC if they would have been in Assam or Karnataka and their Indian ness made suspect, but they died as one

Majlis and Public Participation: The Khaleej Way

As a stakeholder engagement specialist in the Khaleej working on social impact assessment work, forms of public consultation in the region are hardly understood under a western democratic lens. Twitter discourse in the Khaleej is robust and people are highly intelligent and opinionated. The Majlis is informal and nuanced, should not be read as a … More Majlis and Public Participation: The Khaleej Way

Smell the Chai.

It is easy to breathe, to live Although, much harder to be alive Life is more than a checklist to tick When was the last time We world wait to read the paper And drink chai As if it was 1999?

Gulf in Pune.

You can take the desi khaleeji out of the Al Jazeera Al Arabiya, but not the Kabsa out of him. Pune has a large Arab student diaspora here, studying including Omanis and a large Gulf Return population as well. Gulf in South Asia. Wagid Zain.

Conversation with an Autowallah: Pune Diaries

Had a conversation with a chatty Autowallah, who was in full sale mode with an attitude to overcharge on the pretext of Navratri. He was however critical of an old strongman from western Maharashtra, and very pro Modi, as he finds graft at the local level especially in hospitals reduced. ‘Na khauungaa, Na Kaanedunga’ seems … More Conversation with an Autowallah: Pune Diaries