Archive for the ‘trivia’ Category

A literary death

June 27, 2014

Typically a British literary affair. An immigrant author given a literary prize for also making other than literary achievements. To be an activist of any cause is the death of a writer. Salman should take it as a warning of his waning as a writer. People have started writing his obituary and his books could be mentioned only as an after thought.
But he has had a windfall too, in terms of marrying slim women always taller than him, and holding them by their thin waists like a trophy, while being photographed in his bow ties and a wicked smile. He was perhaps not as ugly as people thought he was. It all evokes a sharp pang of envy, to think about his career in those terms, except his work.
But he has always been so loved one of British literary establishment. He has even won a booker of a booker. One remembers his interview to BBC, appealing the power that be at it, for one thing or another. He made some really shrewd career moves to be.
So it was a career worth learning from.

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2014/jun/20/salman-rushdie-wins-2014-pen-pinter-prize

The last nail in her coffin

June 12, 2014

A scandalous literary career over, without producing anything remarkable. Becoming absurdly rich was the first set back. Taking up publicly a political cause by a writer is the last nail in her coffin.
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jun/11/jk-rowling-donates-scotland-anti-independence-campaign

Rich, poor and democracy

March 8, 2014

There are 700m poor for 70 Indian billionaires. So much for democracy and welfare economics of Amartya.

In motion

December 18, 2012

Set the world in motion,
before you relax.

Free speech

December 7, 2012

As the outlook worsens for Europe and the crisis in Syria deepens, the USA looks like again being sucked into the vortex of possible greater conflict. For Europeans are unwilling to work their way out of their debts. Germany can not bail them out for ever.
I find a kind of MacCarthyism taking hold in the former colonies and other countries, where English is almost the national language. The carefully managed show is finally coming apart–it may seem.
The crisis is deepening and the plot thickening.

Author and politics

August 26, 2012

It is difficult to write avoiding politics entirely. But I feel foolish when I find myself talking about politics in my work. I feel if I will be ridiculed for the same. But I see an interview often, where the work of a writer is almost totally ignored and only his political opinions are discussed.
I wonder if the people tend to like an author who most closely confirms to their political prejudices. The pressure becomes immense for the authors to take a side and have a constituency, if not readership.

Jet: A Birthday Gift of a House wife

November 5, 2007

A recent news widely made headlines that A leading industrialist of India bought her wife an executive jet as birthday present, costing tens of millions of dollars.

In a country where 35% people survive on less than a dollar day and 70% on less than two dollars a day, out of one billion plus people, being rich is not as glamorous as it is made out to be.

May be investing the money into starting more industries might have helped the economy and poor, instead of buying a jet for a house wife; who could deserve the biggest pack of fancy washing powder at the most. Where she may have to go?

The money through jet purchase might only return as investment that will benefit the economy of the Jet making country – more than to India. Talking of investments, India attracts FDI in a year what China gets in a week. But ten times of the investment-that comes in-flows out of India, in mostly buying assets that are not expected to make profit in the short or medium term. And this trend is applauded as the success of globalization by some Indian intellectuals, while the foreign ones applaud the democracy in India.

This particular businessman is currently eyeing the retail sector and may help in eroding a few of the jobs of 45 million retailer in India. He may not look as glamorous as Bill Gates, who makes his money while continuously adding to the intellectual capital as well. So, to buy a jet for his wife on her birthday may suit to Bill Gates, but not an Indian businessman, as executive jets are also made in the USA.

And it is the Bollywood – an industry that survives mostly on black money – stars, who are mostly on tours abroad to present a dance show to the NRI community and at times to the Mafia dons, for the better pert of the year, who end up paying the highest tax to the government of India and not this jet-gifting businessman, (who later described his wealth as Maya).