Month: February 2005

Why I Blog?

My rationale for why I blog: I blog, therefore I am. Without blogging, I would surely have an essence, but no existence. Not only does existence precede the essence, but I am of the view that, to exist one carves a different path than to live off the essence. To exist, I need to know that I do. To discover my essence I need only to see the outcomes of my participation in the social production process. My works at home, office or community mark my essence. The purpose that I have created of life, and conveniently amended from time to time in order to suit the societal circumstances, do bring out the essence. But I can have the existence, even sans the manufactured timeline, and without succumbing to the social infrastructure in place. Read the complete article here.

Are these journeys through the Hollow Tunnel?

The Economist and The New Yorker revisited: I see a clear bias of The Economist: a colonial bias. Even as Tony Blair report on Africa suggests that foreigners who pay bribes should be punished, and foreign firms that extract minerals from African soil should be more transparent in their dealings with local governments, The Economist is quick to point out that foreigners do not cause corruption. Indeed it justifies the international scams as it goes on: “For every shady multinational, slipping a minister a sackful of cash for a contract, there are thousands of African policemen robbing people at roadblocks or African bureaucrats inventing pointless rules so that they can demand bribes not to enforce them.” Indeed, in the post-colonial discourse, the roadmap to police brutality or bureaucratic corruption in Africa could have been carved out more critically, more radically. The articles on Africa remind one of Richburg’s “Out of America”—a tale half-told, poorly told. Read the entire article here.

Belviee it or not!

One other cyber journey stuff..thought its interesting. Belviee it or not! You are not going to believe this one. Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. amzanig inst it, huh?

Back from India

There are times when one would suppose time stood still. And no matter what, yes, no matter what, it stood still. Because you long to be with the folks who have loved you selflessly, endlessly. Not an easy wish to be fulfilled. Well, I reached there. Stayed with parents for a couple of months. And for most part, it was in the same room that we shared the pleasure and the pain.My trip to India had its highs and lows. But one could argue that it was eventful at every turn. And what more could be desired.