The Devotion of Suspect X By Keigo Higashino – Book Review

I asked to review The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino in spite of not being a fan of modern murder-mysteries. Here is why “…..won the 134th Naoki Prize , the 6th Honkaku Mystery Grand Prize, 2006 Honkaku Mystery Best 10 and Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! 2006, annual mystery fiction guide books published in Japan, ranked…… Continue reading The Devotion of Suspect X By Keigo Higashino – Book Review

The success formula- Shyam Benegal on Hindi Cinema and the challenges of New cinema

The cinema situation : A symposium on the struggle for a genuine approach

In 1977 there was a symposium examining “THE CINEMA SITUATION”. The symposium was attended by some greats of Indian Cinema like Mani Kaul,  Kumar Shahani, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Shyam Benegal etc. I discovered a quote from Shyam Benegal’s essay on tumblr via Dhrupad and was hooked. I discovered that the quote was from a longer essay on…… Continue reading The success formula- Shyam Benegal on Hindi Cinema and the challenges of New cinema

Expertise, politics of health and the Doctor as an Educator

This post is culled from an exchange in a medical group I am a member of. Mr. Srivats has kindly granted my permission to reproduce this gem of a letter. Pay particular attention to the last 3 paragraphs. Dear Friends, As I promised in my previous mail, I am adding to the question of the…… Continue reading Expertise, politics of health and the Doctor as an Educator

Take home messages for Indian activists from KONY2012

As far as metrics go, Kony 2012 was a success. some 10 million people have watched the video and I don’t know of another social justice issue that so many people have heard of, let alone watched a half hour movie on. As far as the production goes, KONY2012 was a job well done. I…… Continue reading Take home messages for Indian activists from KONY2012

Childhood sexual abuse: be prepared.

It is time we face the fact that the sexual abuse of children is not an  occasional deviant  act, but a devastating commonplace fact of everyday life” Florence Rush The Best-Kept Secret Sexual abuse of children happens. It is common and widespread. Like last year, a bunch of volunteers have been spreading information about childhood…… Continue reading Childhood sexual abuse: be prepared.

Long-form Indian writing- Digest 001

In my last post I outlined that Longform writing on the web has found a new life thanks to apps like Readability, Instapaper and Longreads. My interest lies in finding indian writings that are long from and bring to focus my immediate surrounding. Every week I will present that weeks finds, and hopefully this list…… Continue reading Long-form Indian writing- Digest 001

Reading: Help a logophile out please

These last few months when I’ve been bed-ridden and vacationing, I read for over 8 hours a day. Yes, I counted. I love reading long articles. Most websites are not designed to help you with reading long form articles. Till Readability happened, I would tweak websites via firebug to make long articles readable. Readability has…… Continue reading Reading: Help a logophile out please

A Guide to Life [Guest post]

Cathartist, who has written on Cerebral salad before, mailed me with her response to the criticism that Meena Kandasamy was facing for her article about domestic violence. I am turning the mail into a post. As usual, she is brilliant. Follow her on twitter. A guide to life – General edition Can doctors be unhealthy?…… Continue reading A Guide to Life [Guest post]