Manu Joseph

The alleged comedians of All India Bakchod have tried to explain ‘net neutrality’, and it is charming that they have done so without expressing a desire to fornicate with someone’s mother, or whatever it is that they say in the name of humour

Articles by Manu Joseph

In the pursuit of the perfect food

Most popular foods in India deserve the same warnings as alcohol and tobacco, but they are promoted as life itself

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Updated on Jun 08, 2015 01:51 AM IST

Hollywood dystopia vs West Asian reality: Mad Max in the time of IS

The film appears to be aware that Hollywood dystopia is today in direct competition with a West Asian reality that is available on YouTube, writes Manu Joseph.

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Updated on Jun 01, 2015 12:49 AM IST

Will humans ever be able to predict earthquakes?

There is now a better understanding of how the Chinese achieved one of the most mysterious triumphs in disaster foretelling

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Updated on May 18, 2015 10:10 AM IST

Among the stars: A realm of vanity and fear

During the shoot of a Pepsi commercial, I was interviewing Shahrukh Khan in his vanity van when Priyanka Chopra walked in. “Shahrukh,” she said, “I wanted to ask you about this whole pesticide thing.” Khan, who had the reputation of being one of the two superstars who was informed, who could read, even newspapers, assured her that Pepsi was fit to drink.

Updated on May 11, 2015 11:52 AM IST

Rogue, cinematic and notorious: Book review of Hadal

The modern Indian writer fears notoriety. CP Surendran, the author of Hadal, doesn't. This is a delinquent novel by a delinquent, which is rare in Indian English fiction.

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Updated on May 09, 2015 05:59 PM IST
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What the hell is a smart city anyway?

We the people of Gurgaon heard great laughter fill its haze. The sounds were coming from all directions, and from men, women and camels. It was probably desert delirium that made us hear these sounds, but our enquiries revealed there was indeed an occurrence that could cause such behaviour: A cabinet minister had stated, “Gurgaon will become a smart city in the next one year.”

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Updated on May 04, 2015 10:15 AM IST

If Internet.org is a corporate plot of Facebook, then it's a good one

The alleged comedians of All India Bakchod have tried to explain ‘net neutrality’, and it is charming that they have done so without expressing a desire to fornicate with someone’s mother, or whatever it is that they say in the name of humour

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Updated on Apr 20, 2015 01:18 PM IST

Govt vs activists: A conflict that must be allowed

To eliminate dengue, some scientists suggest, release a lot of mosquitoes in the air. They would be the males of the genetically modified Aedes aegypti, the species that causes the disease. The feral females that mate with the modified males would produce offspring that will die before they can fly. In time the species will be exterminated.

Updated on Apr 12, 2015 10:13 PM IST

Olympic 2024 bid: The Modi way of digging a ditch

It is nations that do not have pride and need a theatre to pretend that are most likely to host the games. India is a good candidate.

Updated on Apr 06, 2015 12:38 AM IST

The revenge of the larks: Early risers take on night owls

That ‘sleeping with someone’ should mean sex, which is in reality an alert aerobic activity, is an underserving tribute to the night. It was probably invented by late-risers, who have always exerted significant cultural influence.

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Updated on Mar 23, 2015 08:36 AM IST
By, New Delhi

End game: Making every moment of your life count

Give me your days, at least those moments you would squander. This could have been the longing of the young neurosurgeon who ran out of time. This is probably the final good-natured plea of almost all who are on the brink of life. All deaths are untimely, including the deaths of the old if we listen carefully to what they say.

Updated on Mar 16, 2015 10:01 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Arvind Kejriwal vs the next best idea

The paradox of AAP is that even though it is a political party in a democracy, as an organisation it is best run without the weight of consensus

Updated on Mar 09, 2015 02:03 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Why the Shiv Sena is suddenly promoting fun

Aditya Thackeray, in proposing to revive Mumbai’s nightlife, is catering to a vast number of young people who don’t have access to entertainment, writes Manu Joseph.

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Updated on Feb 23, 2015 12:29 PM IST

Why nostalgia for cricket does not run deep

Who we are is the first generation of Indians whose parents heeded the nation’s call for family planning, the generation with a mob of uncles and aunts but just one sibling. We were born in hospitals, in cities, extracted by male doctors.

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Updated on Feb 16, 2015 01:50 PM IST

Never a bore: How Arvind Kejriwal kept us hooked to his politics

For long, activists thought it was cheap to enter politics, or that it was futile to contest because of what it required. The AAP leader has shown how to do it.

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Updated on Feb 10, 2015 09:35 AM IST
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A warning against privileged lot for the great Indian republic

Obama will search for parallels between India and the US. He will find the phenomenon of the ‘inheritance of privilege’ is one of them, writes Manu Joseph.

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Updated on Jan 26, 2015 06:39 PM IST

Charlie Hebdo was brave because it knew fear

The massacre in Paris is consecrated every time good people use the word ‘but’ and refer to limits on the freedom of expression, writes Manu Joseph.

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Updated on Jan 19, 2015 01:27 AM IST

Artists vs merchants: A friction that society needs

In situations where the artists and the merchants are clearly defined, they have contempt for each other. Both sides claim superiority, even moral superiority. But what matters is the conflict, the friction, which often leads to something useful.

Updated on Dec 28, 2014 09:46 PM IST

A tale of two Right wings

Hindu extremism is benign — unlike Islamic extremism — because it does not have a reason to be more potent than it already is, writes Manu Joseph.

Updated on Dec 22, 2014 08:36 AM IST

Is seeking pride from history a response to shame?

The Indian quest for national pride is meaningless. Sometimes comical as was evident from its hosting of the C’wealth Games. But, usually destructive, writes Manu Joseph.

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Updated on Dec 15, 2014 01:39 AM IST

Kejriwal in the running, but can 'Mufflerman' fly?

Unlike other good men of the republic, Arvind Kejriwal has the gift of cunning. He cannot be underestimated, not in Delhi. He may not return to his old glory soon, he may not fly anymore, but he surely can run, writes Manu Joseph.

Updated on Dec 01, 2014 10:37 AM IST

Cult of godmen: Rising faith in the unreasonable

Across most of the world, religion is becoming more powerful than ever. But people want more and are thus being drawn to all sorts of cults, writes Manu Joseph.

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Updated on Nov 24, 2014 09:06 AM IST

The good, bad, trivial of Facebook as news editor

It is inevitable that in the future high-quality journalism will not remain free. Great journalism then will become niche and expensive, and very rarely found on Newsfeed, writes Manu Joseph.

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Updated on Nov 17, 2014 07:47 AM IST

Autobiography on the way: What has Sachin Tendulkar written?

Throughout his career, despite his powers as a preeminent public figure, Tendulkar did not create discreet channels into the media to disseminate news that was favourable to him or that would diminish others, writes Manu Joseph.

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Updated on Oct 26, 2014 10:14 AM IST

Allowing Haider: When the state is more mature than the liberals

Vishal Bhardwaj's Haider shows a Kashmir where India is an illegal occupier. It shows soldiers torturing terror suspects. It is unprecedented for a mainstream film to show this. That the State cleared Haider for public viewing is extraordinary, writes Manu Joseph.

Updated on Oct 13, 2014 10:29 AM IST
By, New Delhi

The rights of a cannibal: Surendra Koli and the Nithari case

In the way of legally substantial evidence, the police have nothing more than what Koli has admitted. His confession is disturbing, not only for its content, but also the fact that every crime is identical, the disposals of the victim’s remains, too, are identical.

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Updated on Sep 28, 2014 09:00 AM IST
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'Let’s talk about the literary referees'

A battle that is underway in the United States is between a self-serving retailer that wants to sell books very cheap and a self-serving publisher that wants the freedom to decide the price of its own books, writes Manu Joseph.

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Updated on Sep 14, 2014 07:45 PM IST

Activism and the gift of delusion

Astory in The New Yorker magazine by Michael Specter on the acts and claims of Vandana Shiva, the curse of genetically modified organisms, begins as a tribute, proceeds to imply that she is a quack, and finally arrives at what is in the core of some highly influential activists.

Updated on Aug 31, 2014 12:16 AM IST

Guardians of the Galaxy marks the advent of rogue superheroes

An outlaw, a green assassin, a tattooed wrestler, a raccoon and a tree set out to steal a decorated orb but end up forming an improbable fellowship of superheroes in the exquisite film, Guardians of the Galaxy, which is set in alien worlds.

Updated on Aug 17, 2014 11:10 AM IST
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Gaza attack: The outrage of the beautiful people

A violent conflict presents those who are far away, who have no stake in the war, with the facile opportunity to exhibit their righteous indignation on behalf of the underdog, or to display their cold reasoning by choosing the side of the dominant force. Manu Joseph writes.

Updated on Aug 04, 2014 09:59 AM IST
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