I love her more than sharks love blood

Netflix has not come to India yet so we may have to satisfy ourselves by watching web series in clips on YouTube.

the great new classics are:House Of Cards . Read.http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/lists/2013/03/the-best-and-worst-of-netflixs-house-of-cards.html  This is a series about  political ambition and it has actors like Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. “Ornage is the New Black” released early this year to popular and critical acclaim. . http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/webseries gives us a glimpse into the world of web series.

Incidentally if you would like to start a web series of your own http://www.kickstarter.com/discover/categories/webseries may be a good place to look for funding and ideas


Brothers Under The Skin

So Vijay Jolly got his fifteen minutes worth of “shame” by vandalising the home of Shoma Chaudhary,

the Managing Director of Tehelka who has resigned over the Tarun Tejpal affair.

Tejpal must be thanking him! In http://www.firstpost.com/politics/why-jollys-antics-may-divert-focus-off-the-tarun-tejpal-case-1256253.html we have a thoughtful piece on how Jolly and Tejpal are brothers under the skin.

And http://www.business2community.com/world-news/vijay-jolly-trends-twitter-writing-accused-ex-tehelka-editor-shoma-chaudhurys-house-0698337 tells us how Jolly is trending on Twitter

Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh

Is it a coincidence that cricketing legends are born in a troika in this country?

Is there a significance to the number “three”?

It used to be Dravid-Tendulkar-Ganguly and I remember arguing for the supremacy of Ganguly like a religious zealot!

Is it now Rohit Sharma-Virat Kohli-Shikhar Dhawan?

Is it blasphemy to compare cricketers with Gods? http://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Sachin-Tendulkar-retirement-Psychology-of-the-Little-Master-rsquo-s-fans/32051 tells me its absolutely normal if I am Indian.

Tendulkar keeps protesting he is not God! 

Hero worship of cricketers is nothing new. Read http://www.wisdenindia.com/cricket-blog/sunny-vishy-hero-worship/69295

and figured out there always has been a troika. Was it Gavaskar-Vishwanathan-Bedi or am I missing a name?

So the new world of cricket is coming into existence and the old Gods watch over its birth.A new generation of Gods for a new generation of believers!

Oh Tanisha


This question is asked here.

Is it for sympathy? Will there be a character arc and she will develop her own spine?

Is it to make Gauhar look good?

Nutan, Tanisha’s aunt, made a career out of playing the self sacrificing woman on screen. Sign of the change in the times that

Tanisha is getting on everyone’s nerves by putting up with Armaan.Tanisha also generating maximum curiosity and reactions plus we seem to have a secret buzz running that her mother is so angry that she did not take her call, that her brother-in-law Ajay Devgun

wants her out of the show

Bigg Boss 7

Bigg Boss is compulsive, addictive television watching. It is a voyeur’s come true.

We see these people who have stopped behaving themselves, stopped being polite and we feel they are

more “real”. Envy, divisiveness and power-play-it is all the stuff of a good miegamovie plus we have the illusion

that these characters are “real” because they carry their own names into this scripted drama.

Saw the Bigg Boss Live blog.

The responses are as fascinating as the contestants- from those who are supporting Gauhar, to those that are calling her a drama queen, those who are saying very knowingly that they know people are logging in from different accounts to promote their own candiadtes-it seems like the audience is acting out their own version of the Bogg Boss on cyber space. Sonal Swaroop says “wen you abuse me , you abuse your upbringing , ur parents and it is reflective of the way you have been brought up ….so I’m not at all baffled , infact I’m pretty much enjoying your frustration ..so carry on” 

Checked out http://www.missmalini.com/2013/09/16/bigg-boss-7-good-bad-bright/ and see that almost all the contestants are actors.

That should tell us something? An article on HT http://www.hindustantimes.com/entertainment/television/win-or-lose-bigg-boss-means-big-money-for-contestants/article1-1155922.aspx?htsw0023 reveals that Tanisha is making the most money on the show and that the contract the contestants sign encourages them to fight or cosy up to each other.

A female warden, a Salman Khan-doing what he does best., an un-explainable emotional connect with audiences- the TRPs are good especially on the weekends when Salman Khan is urging people Not to watch the show if they don’t like it! 

war of Wizards

So Anand has lost the FIDE World Championship to Carlsen, the Harry Potter of Chess.

Huffington Post is calling Carlsen   the “hunkiest thing to hit chess: and tells us he has just finished his second ad ca,paign for G Star Raw. Moved over to Susan Polgar’s blog. (The Polgar sisters are legends in the field of chess. Their father brought them up on chess, home schooling them.) Polgar is a world chess Grandmaster.The blog also has a piece about what investors could learn from chess and a mention of the book coming out in 2014 : Rich as a King  which is the first book to incorporate chess strategies into creating personal financial success. Polgar’s blog also tells me that the demand for personal coaching in chess is growing and that chess tutorials are now happening over skype.(susanpolgar.blogspot.com)

Chess is the old classic game of strategy, tactics and patience. In the twenty first century computer games seem to be gaining ground.Heard of this man called David Cage. He is Game Director of Beyond: Two Souls, Sony’s upcoming PlayStation-only video game.The game features Academy Award nominated actress Ellen Page and William Dafoe.

Went to Cage’s own blog where he talks about the process of creating the games. ” I feel like I’m looking up at Everest with an ice axe in my hand and wondering how I’m going to make it to the top.”

Game studies is developing as a separate field of academic inquiry with its own experts. Some see games as cultural artifacts.There are academic journals, conferences and professional association.Even learnt a new word-“ludologist.”-  a game studies expert amd “ludoliteracy”.  Found a Gamelog where serious gamers can blog about the games they are playing.

Maybe I should finally start watching Kaun Banega Crorepati

No lip talk for feminism please-we don’t need you

The Think festival was organised in Goa and it marked the pinnacle of

Tejpal’s success as the Great Communicator, one of the most powerful people in the country.

As the mythologist Devdutt Pattnaik would have warned where there is Lakshmi there is also Alakshmi= be aware.

Tejpal attempted to rape a young woman-is it something he has probably done with impunity in the past and got away with?

That could be the only reason he had the confidence to try in the lift of a hotel. The woman complained and asked for

a complaints committee under the Vishaka guidelines to be set up, the details of her mail somehow got leaked to social media

and it was curtains for Tejpal-we hope.

But he is a powerful, well connected man. Even Javed Akhtar condoned him for his “guts” when he issued an apology admitting that he had tried to force himself on the young woman. I wonder if he will every be punished?

 Nivedita Menon wrote a stirring piece on Kafila which sees this incident in the context of the reality of sexualised workplaces and predatory men across a range of professions (http://kafila.org/2013/11/21/sexualized-workplaces-predatory-men-and-the-rage-of-women/) Raksha Kumar asks if powerful editors can get away with sexual harassment http://blogs.tribune.com.pk/story/19698/tehelka-controversy-can-powerful-editors-get-away-with-sexual-harassment/ and Shampa wrote an incisive and detailed piece on the issue in this week’s Sunday Standard.

I know there is a gender bias in my selection of pieces I read and agreed with. I am sure there are men out there who believe we are blowing things out of proportion. I wish they would speak up and debate.discuss. argue rather than mouth feminsim and practise  sexual violence like Tarun Tejpal/