Namaskara Hari


What are advertisements and commercials? How authentic must they be? How seriously should they be taken? How much leeway do advertisers and their agencies have in conveying the message? These …

Freudian tip


Returned by bus from Bangalore. I am not kidding, but I actually saw a showroom called "Rakshitha Tyres" on the main road in Mandya. If you have seen the daughter …

Shed a tear for the good doctor


Bumped into Balu this morning on the train to Bangalore for my weekly lecture at the Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media (www.iijnm.org). Balu is actually Dr. (Flt. Lt.) M.A. Balasubramanya. He was my senior …

Near Akshay Bhandar


The Star of Mysore ad proclaiming the opening of a consumer electronics showoom “near Akshay Bhandar” is proof, if any proof were needed, that even if Wal-Mart were to open …

Stepping into the New Year


So you ate the ‘bevu-bella’ and the ‘obattu’ and are planning to hog bigtime when lunch is served, but is eating the only way to step into the New Year? Just …