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Nat
Sirumington
I can easily count from zero to ten in the reverse.
Interests: Somethings in life.
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An uninitiated viewer of American Football might be shocked at the spectacle and should be forgiven for characterizing it as an appalling brute's game. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2011 at The Argument
Switch on the news media anywhere in America these days and you will be welcome to “The Jerry Springer” show of 2010 mid-term elections. You should forgive an average American if he or she says, “Fuck all this I am going to watch the World Series Baseball.” I certainly would. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2010 at The Argument
Shame on you, my dear India. I hope the games fail but I wouldn't hope that we will learn anything from it. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2010 at The Argument
From Ramachandra Guha: "Indians are an unhistorical people. It may be that it is ignorance rather than malign intent which will lead to these (and other) names from the Congress's past being overlooked in the party's ongoing celebration of its very long life. But the treatment of Narasimha Rao by the party he once led is another matter. To forget his achievements, but to remember his mistakes, is a product of cold and deliberate calculation." Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2010 at The Argument
Confessions of a Pakistani writer about the two nation theory that gave birth to modern day Pakistan. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2010 at The Argument
What is permanent? A response to Tamil poet Kambar. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2010 at The Argument
In this book, A.G. Noorani painstakingly documents the turbulent difficulties underwent by the prosecutors and the persecuted in the political trials staged in pre-independence India. The book is thoroughly researched and pieces together information from the historically visible and obscure documents and provides a rich portrayal of the political and judicial conduct by the British in India from 1775 till 1947. After reading the book one cannot but simultaneously admire and despise the British for who they were. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2010 at The Argument
Indian masses' infantile addiction to the Nehru dynasty seems to be on a resurrection spree by another Gandhi. The opposition - particularly the parties that rely on the socio-economically lower strata of the society, such as Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal etc. - will have to fight against a revived Congress party in the face of Rahul Gandhi. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2010 at The Argument
NPR aired an interesting way to cook: stuff forty people in a crammed room in NewYork city and give them a single stove or gas. During this hot month I am sure one can smell a lot more of armpits and sweat than curry and masala. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2010 at The Argument
Orwell's Big Brother is watching you. It may not be the government as is widely feared but every single action is likely to be recorded for posterity. Hundred years downhistorians will have a field day trolling through trillions of petabytes of Facebook and Google and Twitter. Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2010 at The Argument
A beautiful story of two women in love. Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2010 at The Argument
From The NewYork Times: “When the water stops running from the tap, people blame America,” said Shaista Sirajuddin, an English professor in Lahore. Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2010 at The Argument
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The website of one of India's well-regarded broker has this. With their "Ears of Experience" you can be sure that their motto "Trust is always the answer" should not be taken too lightly. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2010 at The Argument
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Just adding more buildings in the city centres and airports in the periphery will not improve quality of life (neither in the cities nor in the villages) and will only lead to the kinds of air crash that we witnessed yesterday. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2010 at The Argument
But seriously, beyond aesthetics what else motivates women to be seduced by expensive lingerie and spend quite a fortune to buy and hoard them beneath their outer wears? Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2010 at The Argument
Are hedge fund managers fooling the world with their sophistry? But then, why not if those that invest in them are like sheep waiting to be slaughtered? Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2010 at The Argument
Are blogs disrupting traditional politics? There is a grain of reality with that. (Sarah Palin was brought forth as a Vice-Presidential companion for John McCain in the 2009 US Presidential elections by a blogger.) But can blogs precipitate a societal revolution on their own? I think it is infeasible to do so on their own as I think economic and/or political discontentment by a societal majority is a pre-requisite for a change or revolution. Bloggers might accelerate it but I certainly wouldn't see them inducing a societal revolution. The messenger could be held partly culpable but it has more to do with the underlying message (of societal discontent). Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2010 at The Argument
Malise Ruthven captures public defecation in India--something that many of us know ... but Dont-Ask-Dont-Tell. Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2010 at The Argument
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Puncture in English becomes puncher in the vernacular and was spelt as such in English. Obviously English is a character-less language: you say it as something and write it out as something else. We don't. Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2010 at The Argument
But statistical probabilities, by definition, hold good only in experiments that have been repeated many many (and many more) times. In words, what is true of an abstraction need not be true in an instance, thought it could be true. But one's expectation that it will be true this instance--that a coin will land on its obverse this throw, or that one's investment in one risky instrument will payoff--is fallacious. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2010 at The Argument
If a high school graduate thinks that he/she can enter a college, gain some skills (soft and hard) and be confident and sure of graduating then a four-year degree is worth the wait and cost. If one is constrained--either by one's high school performance or money--then one should look at an alternative course of being employed elsewhere and enter a four-year degree college later. Either way it is worth it for the signaling effect of a four-year degree will continue to be strong in any society. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2010 at The Argument
(From the WSJ): In both cases, troubles first appeared in the stock futures market, which precipitated a decline in the regular "cash" market. The two created a feedback loop, dragging both markets lower. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2010 at The Argument
One self-evident question emerges: If a family spends (in whatever form: groceries, rents, fuel, utilities, payments and medical amenities for elders etc.) in excess of its earnings the result seems so obvious: potential lenders would back away from lending in any form to the family. Given this reality, families tend to tie the knots around their bellies and crimp. Why is this so difficult for governments across the world to realize? Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2010 at The Argument
Competition, personal stakes and profit motive drive accuracy in credit default swap markets and are hence more effective than the anti-competitive ratings market. Publicly chartered financial entities should be freed from anachronistic requirements to hold bonds rated by one of the three bond-rating agency. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2010 at The Argument
Nat is now following Mark Thoma
May 17, 2010