Friday, June 23, 2006

Is this anti-feminist?!?!?

Just curious; in today's women's lib and feminist world, what would the "forward looking" culture think about this shloka? Is this denigrating ? Male Chuvisinistic? Patronizing? Suppressing ? Or does it still describe all the qualities that a man can look for in a wife in the 21st century?

ಕಾರ್ಯೇಷು ದಾಸೀ ಕರಣೇಷು ಮಂತ್ರೀ
ರೂಪೇಚ ಲಕ್ಶ್ಮೀ ಕ್ಷಮಯಾ ಧರಿತ್ರೀ |
ಭೊಜ್ಯೇಷು ಮಾತಾ ಶಯನೇಷು ರಂಭಾ
ಷಟ್ಕರ್ಮ ಯುಕ್ತಾ ಕುಲಧರ್ಮಪತ್ನೀ ||

If you can't see the kannada script, click on any one of the images below to read either in Kannada or Samskrita:

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Dell Laptop bursts and catches fire at a Conference!

Can we ever trust these little things which are billed as the products of the technological revolution?

And I bought a Dell Laptop :-((

More information here.

Courtest: Slashdot

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Interpreter of Maladies

I had wanted to read the Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri since long but got an opportunity only recently. Having read rave reviews about this book which has sold about a quarter of a million copies, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction(2000), the O. Henry award and a couple others, I wanted to discover what was so great about this collection of short stories.

Moreover, it was written by an Indian-American Bengali and naturally all stories were biased towards Indian-American immigrants.

To begin with, the style of narration is amazingly good. So elegantly written, they are a pleasure to read! The backgrounds for the stories begin somewhere far away from the place of their climax and the author weaves through the continents and cultures giving the reader a glimpse of the authentic Indian values and traditions. One natural difficulty was that being from South India, I never knew much about the customs of Bengalis which stand out in amost every story. Too much of fish eating and non-vegetarian culinary information in almost every story makes it a hard book to read when I am eating something!

But quite a few stories were a disappointment in their climax. The lofty expectations fall short in some stories giving way to endings that lack in vigour and that 'spark' that you expect from a short story.

Still, I enjoyed reading this book and my current reading is the Namesake by the same author.

Rating: 7/10 - definitely worth your time.