To Vishwanathan Anand (An Apology)

By-Srikanth Mantravadi.

Sir,

First a personal apology. And one on behalf of the nation. It must be immensely tough to stay motivated, and win like you do, in a game about which the country hardly cares; especially in a game like chess which requires Herculean amounts of concentration and skill. The other day Kolkata Knight Riders won a humdinger but hardly anyone knew about the other nail biter, in a sense that a game of chess can possibly be, you were having with Boris Gelfand. I am guilty myself of knowing you as general knowledge trivia or a footnote in India’s glorious sporting history, whose pages undoubtedly spillover with cricketing triumphs. I am a major cricket fan myself so I should be careful about the use of irony here. But these are pangs of guilt speaking; for consistently ignoring a legend like you. The apathy is quite remarkable. Quiet, unassuming, soft spoken and dignified…You are truly the Rahul Dravid of chess (The cricketing parallels may be pardoned). Continue reading

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The Congress in Andhra: What Not to do in Politics

For those of you who haven’t been watching the news recently, these are tumultuous times in Andhra politics. Jagan Mohan Reddy, the only son of the late Y.S.Rajashekhar Reddy (YSR), possibly one of the most beloved Chief Ministers ever, has taken the political scene in the state by storm. His rise, from first time Congress MP in 2009 to a man on the verge of bringing down the Congress in its biggest bastion in 2012 has been meteoric to say the least. And much of this is as much the Congress’ fault as Jagan’s own political shrewdness. A look at the actions of the Congress during this time is necessary to understand what not to do in politics. Continue reading

The Terrace

By- Ajay Patri.

I walked up the stairs one at a time, the sound of my rubber slippers amplified in the narrow stairway, reverberating dully off the dirty white walls. Three flights of stairs led to the door, which is always kept open. I have never seen it shut. The old wooden door has hinges that are brown with rust and the door itself bears the scars of age, weathered, chiselled, beaten up. Continue reading

To each his own

By-Kushagra Aniket.

There is at least one undergrad, say ‘Joe’, under the age of 21 at Cornell who consumes alcoholic beverages willingly.” No, I am not accusing you but we must agree upon this basic premise to proceed further. I am not initially concerned with the questions of, “how many?” or “how much?” when it comes to underage drinking as this statement of fact is more important than the quantity or frequency of alcohol consumption. However mark two claims of my premise carefully: (1) That drinking is voluntary and (2) That the person is strictly less than 21 years of age. Continue reading

The Gift

By-Shashank Reddy

Birthday. It is her birthday. The thought exploded in the man’s head as he walked slowly down the rain sodden street. A gift. Need to get a gift. He looked around at the steel shutters and iron barricades of what in a few hours would become glittering shops selling ribbons, balloons, bananas and food of all colours, size and taste. But for now, they were just steel shutters and iron barricades, wet with racing drops of water and warming themselves in the first rays of the early morning sun. Continue reading

Why We Must Endure This Petrol Price Rise

Shashank Reddy

So the petrol prices have been pumped up the Government of India again, by rs.7.54 per litre, the single largest hike in Indian history, making the current price of petrol rs.81 in the City of Bangalore (the highest in the country) and anywhere between rs.73 and 80 in the rest of the country. And as was to be expected, the people railed and cried, the opposition parties launched dharnas and protests, online petitions are being circulated on change.org to reduce the petrol prices and everyone is lamenting about how this will further push up inflation, especially of food products. There is however an argument to be made for increasing petrol prices, a very compelling argument, which will be made here. Continue reading

Forgotten Heroes: Ahmad Shah Massoud

As long as this man is alive, there is no victory- Osama Bin Laden

Shashank Reddy

In the early 1990s, as the Cold War drew to a close, the influential American newspaper, The Wall Street Journal, chose to remember one man above all the others who had a part to play in that epic drama that lasted for over four decades. That man, relatively unknown across much of the world, was Ahmad Shah Massoud, an Afghan warlord to whom The Wall Street Journal chose to bestow the title of ‘The Afghan Who Won The Cold War.’ To his own people, Massoud was the ‘Lion of Panjshir’, the warlord who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and the symbol of an Afghanistan that could have been. Continue reading