We eat pesticides every day

Once, I got to talking with a van driver on a long trip through the countryside. Let’s call him Sunil. Sunil had a farm and talked about it a lot. At the end of the long trip, I gave him a generous tip and he said he wanted to warn me about pomegranates! Don’t eat…

Don’t feed the spam monster

Whether it’s at a supermarket or at a shop or online, you are tricked into giving your mobile number. You could be waylaid by someone who promises you will win a lottery or maybe it’s at the shop where you make a purchase. Mobile numbers it seems, are mandatory.  Oddly enough, giving your mobile number…

Helmetless and gleeful

People not wearing helmets even though it’s the law is nothing new, is it?  It has been mandatory to wear helmets in India after the Motor Vehicle Act of 1988. And in many states in India, it is now compulsory for even the pillion rider to wear a helmet.  A study found that only 0.6%…

Extreme Ideologies and violence

I know someone who is a right wing sympathiser. She raves about our godly prime minister, about how evil the non-Hindus are and why we need to set them right. She believes that violence is sometimes necessary. Her calling in life is to “awaken” Hindus. Fake forwards and trumped up videos are a part of…

Take safety into your own hands

It was shocking to hear about the 57 people who were mowed down by a train in Amritsar last month. After reading that mandatory permissions from the municipal corporation were not taken, and the railways were not informed, it appears as if it was a tragedy in the making. Breaking the law and endangering others…

No ambiguity about sexual harassment

The MeToo movement has left some men uneasy. So uneasy that scores of tasteless jokes are being circulated and criticism in drawing room conversations and columns is rampant. Men fear that one of these days they or their friends might be accused by some ex-girlfriend or colleague of sexual harassment and they too will be…