Author: Sreelata Menon

Godmen: Happiness Comes with a Price Tag

Reading Time: 5 minutesGurus whose USP is smart marketing; Swamis whose fortunes would shame a Rockefeller; Godmen with unbridled libido who believe it is their right to rape and murder; Babas in saintly garbs close to political power – the pivot in an unseemly nexus – these quick rise men with feet of clay then are our ‘happiness’ […]

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Playing Ducks and Drakes with the Unique Ethos of Kerala

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe distrust of the RSS-BJP whose professed ideology is at variance with and is abhorrent to the local populace, who are all equal participants in the political narrative of the state. Their modus operandi as experience has shown – displace opposition governments through strident nationalist posturing and communal overhype was on course. In accordance, letting […]

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India through Her Stamps

Reading Time: 5 minutesSreelata tells us about the journey of India through her stamps. With the first General Post Office being opened, in 1774, in Calcutta, followed by Madras (1778) and Bombay (1792) it was Warren Hastings Governor General from 1773-1784 who first threw it open to the public for a fee of two annas per 100 miles. In 1911, Henri […]

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The Story of the Coconut

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn ancient times human sacrifices were a part of life. Propagated by Adi Sankaracharya, who was against the practice of ‘Bali’ or human sacrifice, the coconut perhaps because it resembled a human skull or head replaced the human as an offering. The three eyes were believed to be the eyes of Shiva. Sreelata tells us […]

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Kannur: Where Beauty and Death go Hand in Hand

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe agrarian peasant-landlord clashes that turned feudalism on its head in Kerala provided a fertile hunting ground for Communists. And this erstwhile fief of the12th Century Hindu Kolathiri Rajahs and the 17th century Muslim Sultanate of Arakkal soon became the nurturing ground of great political activism. The spread of Communism and the birth of the […]

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What is Big Data?

Reading Time: 4 minutesMost companies are exploring ways and means to streamline the information that is available to them. And Big Data is trending big time these days. So what then is Big Data? Sreelata tells us about it, exclusively in Different Truths. Today businesses, on a day to day basis, are swamped with enormous amount of data. […]

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Why is Everyone Hounding Sasikala?

Reading Time: 5 minutesCould it be the idea of an erstwhile petty video shop owner becoming the state’s Chief Minister perhaps too much to take? Smacking of a drama that Kollywood is famous for – with lots of suspected intrigue, behind the scene manoueverings and maybe a sinister act or two to add more ‘mirch’ to the unfolding drama that excites […]

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India and Kleptocracy: Are we a Nation of Crooks?

Reading Time: 7 minutesWhy is India so corrupt? An old license and rule-bound bureaucracy with cumbersome procedures and processes with the lack of transparency aided and abetted by unscrupulous henchmen, who have been elected are said to have landed us in this mess. From driving license to LPG cylinder cards, everyone takes a cut. No doubt. But if we choose not […]

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Is India a Nanny State?

Reading Time: 5 minutesWasn’t the regime’s eye on the people now a little too intrusive? Weren’t all these directives –some unofficial no doubt – akin to impinging on personal choices and personal freedom? Could anyone in authority force us to think or behave in any particular one way, even if it’s supposedly for our good? Did they have the right? Were […]

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Chennai Reacts as Jayalalitha is very Critical

Reading Time: 3 minutesJayalalitha is very critical. She is on life support system. The Centre is closely monitoring the situation in Tamilnadu, which has been put on high alert. MPs from the southern state have rushed to Chennai. Rumours are flying thick and fast. With a multi-specialty team in attendance evidently everything is being done to keep her […]

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