Tavleen Singh’s book “Durbar”

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2014 by MaximNoronha

Durbar is a bit of a guilty pleasure. It relies on drawing room gossip a tad too much as its source of “intelligence”. In keeping with the casual, conversational tone, as if the author were doing an interview on TV, she also “forgets” details a lot, like names of people. But you’re doing a book for crying out loud! How difficult can it be in this day and age? Can’t you google down the forgotten bits or something? Fill in the gaps for a sense of completeness maybe?

So, anyway … a little simplistic, if not naive in its conclusions and analysis perhaps, nevertheless sweeping in scope and skillfully lucid in summarizing how the political scenario on the subcontinent got to now.

A good read then if, like me, you were still growing up (or weren’t even born) during the years these events came to pass, and would like the low down to play catch up. At the end of the day, it is only one journalist’s perspective. But then again, it is always open season in so far as memoirs are concerned and you can be sure someone else already has or will come along soon enough with their side of the story.

It is no secret otherwise that journalists, politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen need one another for their survival, if not always hand in glove. The truth, or motives, as always, be damned, and forever anyone’s guess – you’re never gonna learn who has what axe to grind. Read it for the entertainment then – and come to whatever conclusion of your own that works for you.


nobody’s looking …

In Uncategorized on July 9, 2014 by MaximNoronha

… but the hell is in choosing to do what your conscience deems as evil.


detachment, another way of putting it

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2014 by MaximNoronha

“it’s ok to want things so long as you don’t get pissed off when you don’t get ‘em” – ethan hawke’s character in before sunset.


Keeping it real.

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2014 by MaximNoronha

A "positive" attitude is at best a coping mechanism if not outright denial.


August: Osage County

In Uncategorized on January 27, 2014 by MaximNoronha

It’s not all cut and dried, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.


information is beautiful

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2013 by MaximNoronha


Video tearing and how to prevent it

In Uncategorized on November 4, 2013 by MaximNoronha


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