September 2008

Chand Raat

The rooftop, chath, is the hub of Chand Raat (Night of the Moon). The point being to go up, and gaze at the sky - hoping to catch a glimpse of that peculiarly slight new moon. A sight which will mark the end of Ramadan. In my short moon-gazing life, I think I have only [...]

Only Katrina Victims Get Bailouts

Or Nobody! Ha! Anyways, before the great proletariat revolution consumes us all, I wanted to tip the hat towards Matt Taibbi's breathless putdown of this Palinesque exurbia, The scariest thing about Sarah Palin isn't how unqualified she is - it's what her candidacy says about America: In her speech, Palin presented herself as a raging [...]

Alexander the Great, John McCain needs you

"Obama, doesn't understand" our grecian world.

Camera Indica

I am going to continue to pimp Big Picture. Though, honestly, this time around, I did have a slight twinge of "India Essentialized". What do I know, though.

Tuesday Links

First, a profile of Montgomery McFate, the anthropologist who launched the Human Terrain Program, by Noah Shachtman. Michael Bhatia, who died in Afghanistan in May, was one of the casualties of the HTP. Next, via Daku come some linkage: - Larki pay hath utatha hay, madarchod! - I cannot even quantify the laugh/cringe ratio of [...]

Sensible Nails

This one goes to the Urduphiles, out there. A proverb was used in a newspaper headline: "Hukmaran Hosh kay Nakhun lain". Literally: Government should trim the nails (nakhun) of sense (hosh), the Jama'at-i Islami. (Leaving aside the JI from this discussion) Meaning that someone is being stupid, or doing something without much thought, and should [...]

Going Native

Via e. comes this brilliance. And I don't use the word brilliant, that casually, you know. Actually, I do.

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