rights, animal rights, war, peace, terrorism, anti-terrorism, conservation,
deforestation, pollution - everything that means anything is "defined"
by this nation...
too many people who get into the business of being parents without the
slightest inkling of the responsibilities it entails...
do not seem to have the foresight that such people need to have.
I am of
course referring to my pet hate - bad English on television.
to the Peter Principle, a person rises to his or her level of incompetency.
accused the tribal people of standing in the way of progress, and frequently
referred to them as though they were somehow less than us.
Activism for Fun and Profit
rescue is something that requires great skill, dedication and training.
It is a field for experts, and should not be indulged in by weekend animal
disconcerting to see that "disposable plastics" has in no way
been defined. It will have to be determined by the enforcing authority
on a case to case basis. Which means what is disposable in one case will
not be in another.
Life Is It Anyway?
is yet another thing that is stalking mankind. Something more terrible,
more remorseless and more inexorable than the nameless, faceless, nebulousness
basic 'needs' that make the human mind human are hunger, sex and aggression.
...is perhaps the most traumatic experience in a person's life. Of course,
none of us remembers it, but the scars we carry lifelong.
have our spaces and zones with our own rules and regulations, we must
also recognize that others have spaces and zones too.
be judgemental." How often have we heard this? How often have we...
The Gods must be Deaf
live, it happens to be that part of the year when the local place of worship
welcomes each morning with screaming loudspeakers blaring unmusical encomiums
to the powers that be...
And the Year Belongs to...
end of another year, and the various media are going on their usual spree
of making different lists of top ten everything...
once in a while, Nature reminds us that she is not the benign giver we
would like to believe she is...
trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you are still a rat...
Feet in the Soil
For many of us, a visit to a village means nothing more than a
whirlwind trip to some distant uncle's or cousin's farm...
For thousands of years, people have lived in the jungles,
taking from it and living off it...
The Root of the Matter
We share the earth with at least five billion other human
beings. Wherever we go, we find long queues of people...
The Write Thing
To write takes a special kind of ability. And finding that
ability, honing it and keeping at it requires a special kind of courage...
Circle of Life
...the circle of life is complete, with death seeding life,
and life undoubtedly seeding death...
Eaters of the Dead
There are a species of vegetarians, who will take every chance
to belittle those who eat meat...
What is it with death that fascinates us so much?
Of Time Travel and the Personality
The engine that powers these trips is the most powerful thing
in the universe - the human mind...
Hey God - I'm God
We are Gods, each of us. We create a universe, our own...
A Writer's Dilemma
More often than not, a writer writes what he feels, real life
experiences being the source for most of those feelings...
Not so Basic Instincts
The three basics - hunger, sex and aggression. We deny the
first, hide the second and glorify the third...
Of Rotten Eggs and Writing
Can a reader abuse a writer because the writer has written
something he doesn't like? Or is the writer's right sacrosanct?
What Pollution Means
A couple of days spent in a small town - that's what it took
to bring home to me the full meaning of pollution...
The Urban Trap
Sometimes, just sometimes, I wish I were on a desert (or a
deserted) island, far away from all interference...
Another Zen Story
Once there was a Zen master who was befriended by a nobleman...
Electron Flash Burn
There is a certain thrill in knowing that what you say can
influence the thoughts and decisions of many people...
Of Religion and Philosophy
In the cosmic scheme of things, man is insignificant, even
as a species...
Of Omelettes and Sunsets
I have a friend who likes omelettes. He loves them. But he
also has a problem...
I've had a grouse for a long time. It is about people who
insist on mispronouncing words...
The king's astrologers had "seen" that a threat
to the king had been born...