Is it ever too late?

This post comes from Amdavad! Non-Amdavadis know it as Ahmedabad.) Yay, how exciting, right? The ideal city to live in in India and all! Anyway, let’s not get into political debates. Dad would read this and then would give me a stare from over his reading glasses and say in a stern voice, ‘Son, what have I told you about politics and religion?’ Yesterday, I wrote a review of The Big Switch: It is never... continue reading →

Food on Fire

Howdy! It’s a Saturday evening, and I just got done with “ricing” my i3 on Ubuntu. I’m still clueless about some things, but that’s the fun part of Linux. Now, that shouldn’t be the only thing you do on weekends, right? So I thought of writing a little note to my crush. Then I decided against it. I’m getting a little too old for that. So I went ahead and started chatting with my family... continue reading →

On Unification

So far, we saw how we are not the kind to be identified by “one”, but are based on some core identities. Let us proceed further to understand a little more on how things changed and why. It would help us go towards better understanding of the situation. This post is one among three in the series: On Reduction On Sub-nationalism On Unification Many of those who have understood the basis of Hindi point out... continue reading →

On Sub-Nationalism

This post is in continuation to the post, On Reduction, which lays the ground about what’s to follow in this post; we spoke about how India was not founded on the principles of “one” anything other than a nation. Sardar Patel, back in his day, set out to unify the country on no principle other than a single point of governance. The Indian National Congress (of those days, not the present-day—pardon my honesty—Blunder-Engine Dynasty) felt... continue reading →

On Reduction

One language, one religion, and one common enemy. This post is one among three in the series: On Reduction On Sub-nationalism On Unification Historian and columnist Ramchandra Guha did an hour-long talk on how nationalism is a nineteenth-century European phenomenon, and how Indian nationalism was founded on the exact opposite principles. He went on to say how we seem to be gradually moving towards the said model of European nationalism, by looking for one language,... continue reading →