Saas-bahu, soap opera, and life of a woman

March 7, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Saas-bahu, soap opera, and life of a woman

Every year, once a year, the world goes crazy with all sights focussed on women. International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8, becomes a marketing opportunity, with the spotlight set on the female buyer, or the female for whom buying happens. In other words, it becomes a marketing scam, almost, with lots of special...
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In times of trouble, people power wins

March 6, 2011
Ramya Sarma
In times of trouble, people power wins

The Middle East and northern Africa have been in the news for a while now. First it was Egypt, with the uprising focussing on Tahrir Square, a long and patient demonstration with enough power shown by the people to unseat Hosni Mubarak and bring in a change. Now it is Libya, with...
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Speaking in mother tongue

February 25, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Speaking in mother tongue

My mother tongue is Tamil, the native language of much of South India. Having been brought up in Mumbai, many miles north of the state of Tamil Nadu, and parts beyond, it was hard enough to keep pace with the many languages that I was exposed to and had to communicate in, let alone...
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Getting rid of the bugs

February 20, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Getting rid of the bugs

Much of today’s beleaguered economy turns on the axis of appearances. Since a great deal of money comes in – or, at least, is invited in – to any country from outside it, that country has to present an image that is favourable, “pretty”, perhaps a little mendacious. It happens anywhere in the world;...
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Taking a break

February 12, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Taking a break

Everybody loves a holiday, more so when there is no real reason to have one. Many working professionals do their thing through the week, looking forward to Sundays or even two-day weekends, while some who work in government organisations get breaks more often, as the bank or office or department takes time off whenever...
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Rooted in reality

February 4, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Rooted in reality

Once upon a time in India, reality came outside the box…the idiot box. Today, it is all about star value, gimmickry, cheesy plotlines and money, always money, lots of it. And it all happens right in your home, your living room, perhaps your den, your bedroom, wherever you happen to have your television set...
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Blasts and more

January 29, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Blasts and more

The bomb that went off in an airport in Moscow killed 35 people. By any reckoning, it is not a huge figure considering the fact that casualties of terrorism have been numbered in thousands in the not too distant past, but it is, obviously, painful and devastating for both the victims and the world....
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Private moments

January 21, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Private moments

There has been a great deal said and written about the whole notion of privacy today, especially with invasive – and potentially intrusive – technology like the Internet and mobile telephony.
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Just a little respect

January 14, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Just a little respect

It happens more than you would expect. Every now and then the newspapers carry a report on how a ‘domestic worker’ – as they oh-so-politically correctly put it – has been abused by her or his employers. For the most part, these unfortunate individuals tend to be young, distressingly so, and either far from...
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Screen playing

January 7, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Screen playing

The film biz in India spans almost every language that is officially recognised in the country. But, where public perception is concerned, there is one overwhelming influence that is the colour of all things filmi: Bollywood. A word coined by some enterprising wordsmith or journalist many years ago, one disliked by superstar Amitabh Bachchan...
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Eat it and weep

December 30, 2010
Ramya Sarma
Eat it and weep

It’s all about knowing your onions. And in India, where life is full of flavour, colour, spice and all things nice, onions are getting to be one of those essential aspects of everyday life that are getting more rare by the day. The other day, walking through the small market I generally get my...
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Nothing like new technology

December 25, 2010
Ramya Sarma
Nothing like new technology

Many years ago, the phenomenon called the Internet arrived in the subcontinent. It was not very extensive, Google did not exist as a public service and Wiki-anything was still unknown. Connections were slow, the bandwidth was limited and getting online was expensive, a privilege of corporate houses and the wealthy at home. That was...
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Power of press

December 10, 2010
Ramya Sarma
Power of press

The Indian media has been shaken somewhat over the last few weeks by what could only be called “indiscreet behaviour”. Two very senior journalists — people who have been listened to, read, respected over the past so many years — are in the dock for being inappropriately involved with a matter that has reached...
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Doing the green thing

December 4, 2010
Ramya Sarma
Doing the green thing

An international publishing house has me on its mailing list and I get emails from there on a regular basis, as do a lot of other journalists I know. I also get print outs in the mail, replicating what the emails say. While I once took that for granted, since the snail-mail acted as...
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Forget ethics, just pay!

November 26, 2010
Ramya Sarma
Forget ethics, just pay!

Scandal and sensation is part of everyday life anywhere in the world. Like an epidemic, it has occasional flare-ups and then subsides into a subliminal mutter, all set and waiting to erupt once again into a storm that hits headlines in print, on television and over the Internet. Over the past few weeks, an...
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