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😉 Guys !!! Take your eyes of them and tell me what brought these ‘awesome’ pics appear in a daily. Your options are (a) because they are Victoria Secret Models (b)Models from Milan Fashion Week (c) I dont care what it is, i just want to keep staring at them.

Then here is the next one …

WOW Celina Jaitly… Ohhh… What brought this photo of this bomb-shell in the papers? Options (a)Kingfisher Calender 2008 (b)She donated her clothes to the poor (c)(I see the leopard skin)She is protesting like Rakhi Sawanth against animal cruelties (d)I don’t give a damn, i just want to drool…

🙂 gotcha .. The answer is no where in the options. If u seriously burnt your brains over it, don’t blame me. Blame the reporter who put these pics in his article, blame the editor approved these contents in the paper and the least blame me for putting it here. If it was not for the pic i wouldn’t have read these articles in the first place… ( 🙂 ya thats a confession i make).

The first two models in lingerie came as the photos for an article reporting the apparent ban of FTV by the government.Now the funniest part, the second photo was for the article on Celina Jaitly’s apparent comment that “The more you dress, the more sexier you look”… 😆

Now to the real matter, FTV is banned for 2 months for beaming objectionable content programs

The official Report said : The channel has been banned for showing programmes that were against good taste and decency, denigrate women and likely to adversely effect public morality, it said.

How sad!!! Many people are going to be heart broken. What the hell. The banned a TV channel for airing such a program. Then what about this paper that have these fotos in a daily basis. This appeared in the Bangalore Times supplement of the famous Times of India news paper.The funniest thing is that Bangalore is a place where ‘Night-Life’ like pubs, discos and parties are banned after 10PM (if u call that as night life) by the police.

So the print media has the authority to print anything. If its the morale of the society that the ‘government’ is planning to protect, then this is not the way to deal things.

How many schools offer proper sex education? How many youngsters have the liberty of having an open conversation with their parents on these matters? In how many homes speaking or mentioning of sex is still a taboo? Ya they might argue that they give their kids the liberty, the freedom to have a drink with them at times. But that is what you shouldn’t encourage and teach them about much important things. At least teach them to be responsible citizens, the crime rate may come down.

So for the time being guys don’t loose heart, Mid-night Hot and Too Hot at 2 will be back after 2 months. Till then read the daily edition Bangalore Times of Times of India.

(cross posted here)

Listen to this – “US caused the Nandigram killings”, “CIA running a media-syndicate in Kerala”. Stop smiling .. its serious.. its the latest intelligence report from CPM(ya its our own communist party).

US intelligence agency sponsoring a “media syndicate” in God’s Own Country to drive wedges into the Left, and destroy the VS Achuthanandan government in the state.“If what our intelligence reports say on such activity is found serious enough, the Central Government would be informed,” VS Achuthanandan.[Indian Express Report]

What does he mean by our intelligence reports?Is it KGB? May be, but this time it could be Kerala Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti and not Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti. Stop blaming and try to so something useful for the Nation. Let the Intelligence work be done by RAW. We didnt elect you to do make baseless comments like this.

VS also added that he would “neither deny nor confirm”

Well watch out they might even come out with the news that MI6 cause India’s exit from the Wordcup so that England has a chance.

The Reports – Economic Times News – CPM blames US for Nandigram(you would require an IndiaTimes ID to view the news)

Indian Express News – God’s Own Country fights ‘CIA demon’

(cross posted here)

Discovery Channel and National Geographic Channel are among my favorite and I’m like glued to these channels for hours. Lately i was watching the show where they show the construction and other details of this M6A1 Tank of the U.S. Armed Forces.

I was totally glued to the program and i enjoyed the program about these mean machine.

Towards the end there was this statement that totally got me off guard. It was the concluding line of the program and it went like this – “.. and Its ready to be deployed over-seas!!!” 😮 .. what the hell.

Aren’t these things meant to protect once own home land or is it to destroy someone else’s overseas. Now i’m thinking twice of watching these programs. If its meant to display the arsenal and military strength of some country run by stupid politicos who fool their people when wrecking the peace at some distant place, No Way, i got better use with my time.

I’m not that well into reading novels. But that doesnt mean that i havent read any novels. Thanks to the (in)famous Hosur Road for igniting the reading talent in me. Though i have read only a handful of novels, this novel is worth commenting and appreciating.

Its simply – WOW !!!

Christopher Paolini’s Eragon(ISBN 0-375-82668-8) and Saphira are the new heros of the block. Scintillating and magical, i have never been glued to a book for so long that i finished it in record time. Its 4 weeks and that is a personal best for me ;) . Even my friends were amazed that i finished the novel so fast, not to mention i’m still stuck up at the 200th page of Bourne Identity for the past say 5 months. That novel is going no where.

Paolini has already come out with the 2nd book of the ‘Inheritance Trilogy‘(as it is called) Eldest(ISBN 0-375-82670-X) and its already a runaway success.

Its a must have book in your shelf if u loved Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein.

I happened to see the movie Eragon(The Movie), but i would suggest not to go for it. Its no way near even the tail piece of the novel. Though Saphira has been elegantly portrayed in the movie. That gave me a better picture of her.

So just read the novel, enjoy and Let your Swords Stay Sharp.

Atra esterní ono thelduin (May good fortune rule over you)

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It was another eventful week in Mutiny, and here is a categorized summary!

  1. Music: Jo began the week with some cool news about the availability of teasers from BlogSwara and followed it up later with the news of the launch of the site.
  2. Science: Cakerfare discussed the idea behind genetically modified malaria resistant mosquitoes in tackling malaria, while Vishal followed the story of the discovery of 3.8 million year old rocks and the relevance of the discovery to geological theories of plate tectonics.
  3. Cricket: While Chacko was optimistic about the chances of the Indian team and did some number juggling, later in the week, Sridhar Kondoji felt that the products endorsed by Indian cricketers need to be boycotted as a mark of protest against the abysmal performance of the team India.
  4. Pseudo-religion: Gentledude admonished Indians for their blind faith in godmen with specific reference to Baba, and followed it by another post on the paradox of Lord Balaji being the second richest god in the world, while half of India is languishing below poverty line.
  5. Education: Polite Indian wonders if corporate punishement is needed at all, and concludes in the negative.
  6. Society: While Nita wrote for the need of sensitivity on the part of all of us in the wake of Sikh community taking exceptions to Sardar jokes, Guru pointed to Andre Beteille’s article which argued caste to be an Indian socio-economic institution.
  7. Justice: SwethaIyer’s confidence in the Indian judicial system is reinforced after the verdict of guilty for the accused in the killing of Manjunath Shanmugam.
  8. Management: Vishal, while narrowing down on the reasons for the dumb decisions that managers make, also identifies five signs that indicate trouble in an organization.
  9. News and Media: While Guru laments the dearth of “real” news, Nita finds that the marriage of Liz and Arun Nair is still the hot selling item on the streets.
  10. Tips: While Jo tips us about the free phone call service Fone Mine, Sridhar Kondoji tells you what to do when the markets are down.
  11. Issues: Guru felt that the Mashelkar committee should be terminated, and (in a follow-up post on brain drain) indicated that brain drain is not that bad after all; and, Jo dedicated a song to the victims of Nandigram.
  12. Interview: Ujj interviewed Vinod George Joseph, the author of Hitchhiker (shortly after his review of the book).

Hope you enjoyed reading mutiny and voicing your opinions on issues as much as we enjoyed our writing and hearing from you.

Hope to see you in these parts of the blogosphere soon, again!

In a recent blog post, I wrote about some studies from Africa which show that emigration might not be a zero sum game, and hence, brain drain might bring some benefits to the country which is losing its trained man power. The study in question relates to the improvements in the health care systems of those African countries which are losing their trained man-power due to brain drain; in that sense, the brain drain does bring some material benefits to the mother country. In this post, I would like to show that those are not the only benefits.

At least in the Indian context, the Indian diaspora also brings a huge amount of monetary flow in to India; for example, take a look at this blog post by Alex Thomas, which explains the trade-off between brain drain and remittances wonderfully (with data, references and neat explanations).

There are also some soft benefits that the so-called brain drain brings. As an example, let me take the case of Prof. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar. Chandra became a naturalised US citizen in 1953 (30 years prior to his being awarded the Nobel prize); however, I am yet to come across an Indian physicist who is conscious of his citizenship–in Indian physics circles he is spoken as an insider; as countless reminiscences of Chandra in Current Science (here is one for example (pdf)) show, Chandra contributed quite a lot to the Indian science and science establishment. By the way, the soft benefits of brain drain is not just with reference to scientists and engineers along — take a look at this essay of Shashi Tharoor, where he answers the question “Why NRIs matter to India?” for example.

Before I end this post, I need to address a couple of issues raised by a few of the comments in my earlier post:

  1. It is wrong to believe that by becoming a citizen of a different country, a person becomes suspect in his/her loyalty to India; the Indian identity, by definition is plural, and is in some sense spiritual (as Raja Rao used to insist); and,
  2. It is true that life outside of India could be alluring; however, that is no reason to believe that (a) there is no room for improvement, and (b) that even under the present circumstances some are not willing to come back to India; take a look at this rather old article about returning to India from abroad, for example (and, needless to say, things have improved since then).

Thus, in the final analysis, while we need to improve the economic and social conditions in India so that more and more people would tend to stay back in India (or return to India), we should also be  inclusive enough in our outlook towards those who have emigrated, for, they also contribute to Indianness (and, its economy) as much as those who live in India.

There are some things about India that I remember the most. I remember going to the store to buy packets of navy blue, marigold, and magenta powder the week before Holi. My friends and I would compare what we each bought, and try to cover all the bases – glitter, water balloons, and water guns. On the morning of Holi, we’d pick out our whitest whites and wear them to the nearby park. Within seconds, we’d be covered in a flurry of colors: some dry, and some wet. We’d wipe streaks of liquid away from our eyes, and continue playing in the field. We’d run away from the people with water guns, and try to get them back with our water balloons. after a couple hours of this, we’d hurry back to our apartments and fill buckets of water. After all that color, a little water couldn’t do us any harm. We’d have our parents pour water our the windows and onto us while we waiting on the ground floor. The “watchmen” watched our every move, trying to ensure we didn’t stain the outside walls of the building with our color-soaked hands. I can’t forget that.

On Ganesh Chaturthi, we would wander on the streets and follow the dirty blue trucks carrying massive clay sculptures of Ganesh. He’d he painted beautifully, covered in an ornate display of gold jewelry, and embellished further with flowers . The There was a crowd of people following the trucks, singing, dancing, and chanting. They’d feed milk to the idols, and they’d “drink” them. I spent days trying to convince my mom that it was real, that it was magic. I used to love all things magical. But then, I read that the idols were made of clay, and that milk was naturally absorbed into the statues. I have heard, however, that it’s happened with steel idols of Ganesh too. My rationality begs to differ, but I can’t ever forget this celebration.

Diwali was my favorite holiday of all. The lamps, the lights, and the fireworks. The fiery smell and the crackling sounds of fireworks infusing into homes, and the smoke billowing through the air certainly set the festive mood. We had days off school, and we’d go to the beach, watch movies, and, of course, get together at night for all the firework fun. And who can forget the endless festival food, sweets and all.

I haven’t celebrated any of these festivals in years. But, I’ll be in India this summer, and although I won’t get the opportunity to experience them then, I’m sure I’ll be reminded of plenty more memories from back in the day that I need but a slight nudge to recall.

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