Emerging from the cocoon

They talk of transformation. They show butterflies. Emerging from a grainy tube that later becomes the finest Kanjeevaram silk. And then the pupa, a forget me not stage before the winged beauty appears. At work i write about transformation. How banks were transformed by our software. How they delight their customers and keep them coming…

Carrot Paste replaces tomato in my carrabiata

Penne pasta, i always thought, looked and tasted delightful only when drenched in a rich arrabbiata sauce, indolent of juicy red tomatoes, jalapeños, herbs, olives and cheese. Ever since I’ve been ill with a chronic immune disease that is triggered off by a variety and long list of foods, I’ve had to experiment in the…

Dickens, truly

This was the first time I had the patience to listen to an entire novel, word after word as they were spoken into my earphones, courtesy iTunes. Relishing the beautiful music in the words and the sentences in which they came together in, made my hair stand on end. And, so I began my love…

Garbage Disposal? No Trash Talk, says AI

(First published on the Qurius website in December 2017) I just got back from a visit to Chennai, a city I had lived in for a short period many years ago. Nostalgia drove me past the streets of Adyar and Besantnagar, scanning the changed landscape for familiar sights and faces. One thing struck me as…

Logan

There are many reasons, Logan, from the X men oeuvre, is more like a Hollywood Western rather than a CGI graphics filled super hero action movie. Shooting with two guns and putting them back into the holsters with swash-buckling swagger, ain’t this one, though. Transforming the genre is Director Mangold, who brings you the humane…

Silicon Valley now at Capitol Hill

The cat is out of the bag for social media engines. Revelations made earlier this week by Facebook and then Google, talked about Russia’s RT TV channel, said to be the Kremlin’s international propaganda machine,  infiltrating both social media networks and sowing divisive views related to the American elections in 2016. RT uses social media…

Mornings

Fingers hover. Eyes blink. Pages, Apple calls this. Memories fade as fast as the next breath. The hands get used to typing on the touch keypad, beginning with some discomfort. And, then the thoughts let loose. The raging fear of time not being enough. And, the blank page. So much to put down, but how? …

Recovery. A story.

  For the first time she realized that nothing was permanent in life – friends, circumstances, riches or parental love. She walked into her home and switched on the lights. Her friends were unavailable for various reasons and her parents temporarily engaged with sorting out their fears. All she had was the suitcase she had…

Sea of Poppies – A historical and moving tale with a vibrant cast

    The first three chapters of “Sea of Poppies” I made my way to Sea of Poppies after listening to its author, Amitav Ghosh being interviewed by the BBC, the Chicago Humanties Festival, and few more book clubs. I received my copy from Amazon on Sunday last and began reading the book, promptly discarding…

Logan

There are many reasons, Logan, from the X men oeuvre, is more like a Hollywood Western rather than a CGI graphics filled super hero action movie. Shooting with two guns and putting them back into the holsters with swash-buckling swagger, ain’t this one, though.  Transforming the genre is Director Mangold, who brings you the humane…

Travesty. Hyperbole. Johnny Depp is all that in this movie, with traces of the Mad Hatter showing up in his expressions. He begins with a bang and some artifice. I can’t write about his swindling without developing a swagger myself. Which movie am I talking about? Moretdecai, it is. As I watched it with amusement…