It does not pay to be nice. Speak your mind

Oct 28

It riles me when we put down our youngsters and tell them to conform, to stay silent and to get along. Be nice, we say. As if that was the reason for which they were born. This is especially true when we speak to our daughters. How does that old rhyme go? What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and all things nice. And boys? Well, they’re made of Slugs and snails and puppy-dogs' tails ― isn’t that so convenient? In India, this is so well-entrenched that the role models held up to our girls ...  Read more

7 Reasons We Love Thrillers

Oct 21

Why do we pay good money to sit on the edge of our seats and watch a thriller like Silence of the Lambs? Or reread a book by Forsyth or Dan Brown? Thrillers are one of the most popular genres of books sold around the world. And that’s without including the horror genre ― movies like Poltergeist or books written by Stephen King and his tribe. Here’s a look at some of the reasons for this eternal appeal of thrillers: 1. The good guys win in the end, reinforcing our moral sense that virtue should be r...  Read more

Man is a social animal. So we blog.

Oct 14

How else will we find out about Katrina’s love interest or the newest conspiracy theory in town? Imagine not being able to read about Oprah’s diet, Coelho’s nugget of wisdom or Dilbert’s latest antics? We have 140 million people reading blogs daily and the internet is teeming with zillions of articles on the Who, What, When, Why and Where of everything.

And these are just the blogs on celebrities. What about those by not-so-important people? People like you and me? We read blogs and som...  Read more