Posts from the “Views-on-News” Category


Posted on July 23, 2012

Twelve years ago, in 2000, my hometown witnessed one of the most horrifying attacks it had ever seen. You can read about the Arti Shrivastav acid attack here, a case that shook an entire city. Because incidents like these always shake cities and sensibilities. For a while. A few years later, one of my cousins told me about the pepper spray she carries with her and how she’s had guys follow her in car and how she’s had some very narrow escapes. Then there was that night I spent on the Blank Noise website trying to understand how rating women(something that me and most of my friends – male or otherwise – had/have occasionally indulged in)  classifies as eve-teasing(about the same time I learned…


Sperm ho toh Nathoolaal(B.E.IIT-E) jaise hon, warna na hon.

Posted on January 20, 2012

After tigers, sperms are probably the most endangered wild animals in the world. Millions are produced everyday and very few actually get a chance to realize their potential. In such a cut-throat world, it is hardly surprising that an Indian couple posted an advertisement seeking ‘Sperms of an IITian’. (Not the students of Ideal Institute of Technology, Ghaziabad. The real ones.) The couple is ready to pay 20,000 Rs. for the swimmers of any healthy, good looking IITian who doesn’t have any bad habits(apart from being studious). They are ready to compromise on height and complexion if the donor is right. They want to start a family filled with love and prosperity(with probably a wee bit more stress on the latter). My own sperms…


Badhai ho, Engineer hua hai.

Posted on August 30, 2011

There is a scene in 3 Idiots where newly born R.Madhavan is in his crib and his dad proudly proclaims ‘Mera beta engineer banega’. Though I am not sure about the rest of the movie,I think this particular part is pretty close to reality. If you were born in one of the IIT-bearing cities of India or cities like Kota, you’ll know what I’m talking about. I was  born in one such city and was a part of the majority that, accidently or by divine intervention of Lord Vishwakarma, lands in an engineering college. Not that I wanted to be an engineer. In fact I tried really hard not to become one – which shouldn’t have been too difficult considering my hatred for mathematics.…