Thursday, December 15, 2005

The Conspiracy Against Ganguly (and other brief notes)

There are protests in Kolkata about the sacking of Sourav Ganguly from the Indian cricket team. Ganguly is a Bengali; some left politicians in Bengal have also complained of a dark political conspiracy against the cricketer.

I think we should send ex-Eagles running back wide receiver Terrell Owens to India to see if he can learn the ins and outs of cricket. And maybe invite Ganguly to Philadelphia? The Eagles could use a new running back...

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Express India also has a piece about a new book that has come out, exploring the status of women in India's IT sector. It seems women are doing well in this industry overall; there is a disproportionate representation of women in IT, and the women interviewed for the study report being satisfied with the work as well as the power it gives them. The book is called Gender and the Digital Economy - Perspectives from the Developing World, edited by Cecilia Ng and Swasti Mitter,

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There's been a lot of publicity this week about a recent case of a forged Wikipedia article, but in fact Wikipedia is pretty accurate -- as accurate as the Encyclopedia Britannica, according to Nature. An article in the Washington Post on the subject.

I must say I've been using Wikipedia quite a bit as a 'first' reference. Sometimes if I need to check something quickly before class -- say, the different Arabic meanings of the word 'Jihad' -- Wikipedia can be a quick way to bone up.

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Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk's trial for speaking against the Turkish state is starting this week in Istanbul. There's a story about it in the BBC. There was also a brief statement on the impending trial in this week's New Yorker, though I 'm not finding a link to that statement online.

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Salam Pax on voting in Baghdad, for the third time in 11 months. The Guardian suggests this may be the last in his series for the paper.

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In the New Yorker, a review of a new biography of Lawrence by a writer who published a three-volume bio of him in the 1980s. I dunno, though I find certain of Lawrence's novels fascinating, stories about his life are a bit depressing: everything he tried to do (outside of writing novels) was a disaster.


Suresh said...

dude !!!!! terrell owens is a wide receiver. I'm not handing over Brian Westbrook :).

6:05 PM  
Amardeep said...

Crap, you're right. It's really sad (and maybe a little weird) that I know more about what is happening with regards to cricket in Kolkata than with the sport that dominates the town where I live.

Still might be interesting to send him to India for a couple of months. Is there any such thing as a cricket ashram? If so, perhaps he should be sent to one.

6:26 PM  
aquamarine said...

Cricket Ashram! now dats a thot. And dats the only kind that has not sprouted in India. More ashrams, scandals follow, the media are sure gonna be one happy lot

12:06 AM  
Suresh said...

Heh: ricky williams (miami dolphins running back) actually did go to India for a bit when he dropped out of football.

1:17 AM  
Lord Bagpiss said...

Some of DHL's poetry isn't too bad - but the review laudably draws our attention to his habit of thinking in "racial" terms. It's a bit like Spike Milligan - gee, one of the greatest surrealists ever and the first person to really make comedy an art form, but sometimes very problematic too.

7:46 AM  
elizabeth said...

Hi Amardeep,

the Pamuk piece in the New Yorker is available here, and is very much woth reading. I'm hoping the postponement of the trial will turn into a cancellation--by kicking it upstairs to the Justice Ministry, the judge has given the government a chance to step in and decide that the charges against Pamuk are invalid. Here's hoping.

10:30 PM  
Vance Maverick said...

Some of DHL's poetry isn't too bad...

Some of it is great (using the word advisedly). "Snake", to take just one example, is superb.

For his painting, though, "not too bad" is probably about the highest praise one could muster.

4:27 AM  
G Ghose, NV said...

On D H Lawrence's poetry, a worthy critical look is a book written by the novelist Amit Chaudhuri titled "D H Lawrence and 'Difference':Postcoloniality and Poetry of the Present" (OUP, Oxford). Check it out.

1:18 AM  

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