Ashir Ahmed, Ashi, Ashir Bhai, Vavar Swamy, too many names for a single person. Extraordinarily multi faceted, unbelievably genuine and a human for all season. I could go on and on, but he is not here to listen and give me one of his trademark grins and ask me “ithu kurachu koodi poyile ennu Guruswamyik … Continue reading Of a friendship that started too late and ended too early; Ashir Ahmed
The Lord has been ordered by the Supreme Court of India to lose his virginity. Do I agree? Hell Yes!!! As a matter of fact, the next thing on the agenda before this mandala season should to make sure that Malikapurath Amma, the love of his life be married to him ASAP. Otherwise the violation … Continue reading Of the day Lord Ayyappa was told to lose his virginity by the Hon. Supreme Court of India; A Swamys (devotee) perspective
The Supreme Court of India finally decriminalized gay sex (section 377 of IPC introduced in 1861). Reading the report; I had mixed feelings. From the time I was a child growing up in a Hindu household in Kerala, I was told that the gender binary of the deities that we worship are deliberately ambiguous and … Continue reading Of the idea whose time came a long time back; The LGBTQIAP community, its demonization and legal redemption in India
Had a ringside view to the best and worst of nature and humanity the last 5 days. Coordinated the efforts of multiple agencies in emergency rescue and evacuation across 5 districts of Kerala. As of 3 pm today, close to 97% people in the worst hit areas have been evacuated to camps and we closed … Continue reading Of Destiny, Deluge, Determination, Disinformation, Death and Dreams; The Kerala Floods Diary
"What have you done for me today?" A question most bosses (they think they are savants but most are just idiots) ask of their team especially the sales folks. A question that was asked to me on most days for the better part of my career as a techno-commercial consultant/domain expert/practice head/principal consultant/product head (All … Continue reading Of Corporate angst, anger and anguish!
Clara, Radha and Rathi; The 3 female film characters that in many ways define the perception of an average Malayalee male about the female of our species. For those late to the party or were living under a rock the last 30 years, they are characters from the movies Thuvanathumbikal and Rathinirvedam, both penned by … Continue reading Of Clara, Radha and Rathi; Candid confessions
A sliver of land nestled between the Arabian sea and the western ghats. We should probably have been one of the many islands that make up the Indonesian archipelago when Gondwanaland broke away to form the various land masses including the continent of Australia. The land decided otherwise. This natural seclusion and a climatic system … Continue reading Of being born on a geographical aberration and proud of it!
Appukuttan walked into the bathroom exasperated at the turn of events. He had lost to his arch foe and cousin Asokan in all the competitions. The only one left now is the debate and he had not spent too much time thinking about it. A quick shower, 2 pegs of Mansion House (MH) brandy and … Continue reading Of religions, reformation and self righteous indignation: The Appukuttan perspective
"My father in law Adv. NC Elias finally succumbed to cancer today. A doughty man; this is probably the only battle he ever lost! RIP Elias Uncle!!” A post I put on FB last week with a very heavy heart. I think the best compliment he received and will unfortunately never hear were part of … Continue reading Of bonding over books, brandy and blasphemy