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Welcome to the Greener Side

April 4, 2011


The first time I realised my youth was over was in a dentist chair. It had nothing to do with the procedure, but a TV placed above it, where a news channel splashed blood-red graphics promising a special speech by the country’s military ruler. Musharraf had assumed power when I had just turned 16. When […]

The Imperatives of Tragedy, or why Kallis isn’t great

January 27, 2011


It is sometimes difficult to fathom how truly awesome Woody Allen really is. Apart from the latter day paedo-incest charges against him, the man’s range is quite extraordinary. He started off as an outstanding stand-up comedian, but his true mark, as we all know, was made in films. It’s fascinating to see how many amazing […]

On the Aesthetics of the Game

November 26, 2010


Sid Lowe is an amazing writer, and a very intelligent man. So when he fears that the sun might not rise after Monday night’s super clasico, you don’t dismiss it as pure hyperbole. There are many derbies, and almost all of them are impregnated with history both political and cultural. Many have religious and classist backgrounds. […]

Of Journalists, Narratives and Zulqarnain Haider

November 16, 2010


There is a perversity in admiring people and making heroes out of them. When they do something that you don’t agree with, it becomes a question of your principles versus your passions. Is it ok to slate someone whose work and intellect you have found inspirational? On the other hand, if you pull your punches, […]

Meat-Eaters can’t bat

November 9, 2010


Do you remember when East Timor was created? It was a very strange event, considering that it was the newest country in the world at the time. I mean, unlike the tedium and relentlessness of new versions of Starbucks frappucinos, or ‘Greatest Hits’ by the Rolling Stones, countries don’t pop up every other day. So […]