links for 2010-04-07

07 Apr
  • We sanitize the environment around our kids, so that they don’t face what we did. We systematically remove all obstacles in front of our kids. We try and ensure that the kids don’t have to experience hard times. And in doing so, we may unwittingly remove the reasons to which some attribute their success. Middle-age urban mass affluent India has a new wrinkle: have we sanitized our kids so much that they are now unable to face challenges of life? There is broad agreement that the fire in the belly that burned out a way for the first and second generation migrant to the big city is largely extinguished by the third. Their inherent advantage of polished English and a base level of education and skill sets will allow survival. But will they excel? Will self-motivation be able to replace the crude prod of a scarce economy, with few opportunities and limited future? Or will they be just bored?
  • an extremist and fundamentalist section of Hindu community has succeeded in imposing a ban on the return of Husain, and the Government of India has acquiesced.
    It therefore becomes important to understand the nature of Husain’s work, the meaning of Husain as a symbol and the changed filters of our time through which he and his works are now viewed…
    More dangerous is the belief of a fairly significant section of people, including educated Hindus, who have come to think that Husain’s paintings of Hindu gods and goddesses are inherently objectionable. Most of these people have not even seen Husain’s paintings and their opinions are based on propaganda, which include distorted images circulated on the internet. Their objection stems not from anything in Husain’s paintings but from the notion that as a Muslim, Husain has no right to claim Hindu religious texts as a part of his heritage.
  • The key to an omelette is the stuffing…Thin slices of Cheddar, or Gouda or even good old Amul. Strips of ham. Bits of sausage. Leftover bits of chicken or meat. Keema. Spring onions. Chopped olives. Dhania (coriander) or mint leaves for a good desi omelette. Oregano. Rosemary. Thyme. Super-thin garlic flakes. Small bits of ginger…
    Try anything, really, anything…
    an omelette that can be eaten any time, any meal, not just breakfast. Beat the eggs really well. Instead of a fork, use an egg-beater or mixie with a whipper blade, and use it well. The mixture becomes really smooth. When you pour it into a medium-hot pan, throw in your stuffings (including the standard onion/tomato/chilli garnishes) and cover it. Reduce heat to low, and the omelette will rise wonderfully. No need to shake and mess up the eggs with a spatula, as they do on the roadside or at five-star cooking stations. A simple fold, and you will have the fattest, smoothest omelette ever. Two eggs will seem like three.
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