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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

Indrajit Hazra

The growing web of violence

While violence on the Internet — whether in the form of videos of people being incapacitated or games that are built around killing the bad guy — abounds, letting radical religious propagandists rule the roost on websites is not in anybody's interest, writes Rahul Sharma.

Net gain: meet money lenders online

Several websites offer borrowers and lenders a platform to work out a mutually acceptable rate of interest, which is mostly lower than what the high-street banks offer, writes Rahul Sharma.

Let’s save the world, Master Chief

The last of the Halo trilogy has stunned everybody and given hope to Microsoft that it could successfully battle Sony in the gaming industry, writes Rahul Sharma.

Will Mash be a smash hit?

Mash is a social networking website from Yahoo, which aims to challenge Orkut, Facebook and MySpace that have attracted millions of people since their launch, writes Rahul Sharma.

Consumer activists widen their Net

We do have consumer citizens here, but not all them have discovered the immense power of the Internet to engage the Govt and large companies that they might want to raise issues with, writes Rahul Sharma.

Tafiti — it’s not English, it’s Swahili

Microsoft has been battling for some time to catch up with Google and Yahoo in the search engine space. But is Tafiti the answer, wonders Rahul Sharma.

Why we can openly love Anbumani

Not only has that made India’s gay community gay, but they’re also mighty happy. Since then, the minister’s been thinking, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Oh, to be on the same page

Sorry to sound like a secessionist — or should I say ultra-sub-nationalist? — but wouldn’t it have been grand if we were a moderately homogenous society? Indrajit Hazra elaborates.

Unnaturally speaking

If a man wants to conduct business with another man that goes beyond orthodox notions of male bonding, sure, I’ll be a bit frazzled, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Tired of uplifting, feel-good movies?

Considering that there’s so many life-affirming qualities that life has to offer, I’m a sucker for entertainment of the non-uplifting variety. Indrajit Hazra elaborates.

Identified flying object

As I tie the laces of my heavy boots, I wonder how Manmohan Singh would have reacted to a flying shoe coming towards him. The way he’s handling the out-of-control AR Antulay, I have a feeling he’s got a boot fetish, writes Indrajit Hazra.

(Lazy) journo on leave

I love my job as a journo, especially in these meltdown times. But as I mull over my delightfully vacant, legitimate 10-day leave, I wonder what would have happened if I never sent this column you’re about to finish reading, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Palestine, the lost cause

Drop the silly metaphor of Bodhishala and you get essentially what Israel is today: a Jewish State carved out of the British protectorate of Palestine is to be consigned to hell, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Who wants to be a hugger?

It’s another matter that these words of praise were locked into a bear hug with those of Anil Ambani and Sunil Mittal, who pretty much endorsed Narendra-bhai as their prime minister of choice, writes Indrajit Hazra.

Information underload

Yes, I do recognise that Obama sounds good for America and, by extension, the world that lies beyond Hawaii, writes Indrajit Hazra.
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