Posts

Showing posts from June 11, 2017

My Thoughts on A Feast of Vultures by Josy Joseph

Image
I loved this book just for the brutal and sarcastic way it brings out the underbelly of corruption in India. This book is a must read for anyone who believes corruption can be undone in India. Read this book, and you will be cured of this malady. It lists how corruption is at the core of our lives. This is no review of the book, just reproduction of a few lines I liked the most in the book.

The book begins with a sarcastic punch on Karalla village in Delhi. Read the book to understand the legend of Karalla Village in contemporary history of Indian corruption.

The rule of the game in modern India as far as corruption is concerned is `don’t get caught’
The creaky government machinery moves only when the lubricant bribe is applied.
Instead of dealing with the grievances that fuel these insurgencies, politicians, the mainstream media and security analyst have worked to create an ill-informed, often abusive and intolerant discourse around them.
The state-controlled company that provided t…

Why Are We Fostering Malicious Media?

Last month I had been to my office headquarters, and took a taxi to reach the office. It was a typical Bengaluru road with potholes and vehicles in the ratio of 1:2. The vehicle was trudging along and a lady from nowhere, as is the wont on our roads, crossed across the road, compelling the driver to hit the brakes. He apologized to me, and I in turn appreciated his swiftness.                 After travelling some distance, he said `Sir, If I had not applied the brake in time, she would have been run over, and the IX News would have reported `Drunk Driver driving at 80kms speed runs over a pedestrian’. He spoke like the reporters in such drama news channels.
I laughed, and could have left it at that but I wanted to play with the driver’s thought process. Though I knew the answer, I ventured to ask `How do you know these minute details? Do you regularly see them?’ He replied in the affirmative, and also asserted that he was an avid viewer of such news channels. Next I p…