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India’s “White Tiger”

Many Indians, it appears, find it very difficult to accept that their country is still part of the third world

Dinesh Wagle
Wagle Street Journal
[This article originally appeared on the Op-Ed page of the Kathmandu Post today. See it here as it appeared on the paper.]

In an interview with last week’s Tehelka magazine, leading Indian sociologist Andre Beteille mentioned the hotel that came under terrorist attack earlier this month and said: “The Taj Mahal Hotel is, of course, a symbol, but whose?”

Of the elites of India.

N. Kunju, provided further explanation in a letter to Outlook magazine last week: “All this disproportionately loud noise on the Bombay terror attack is because the affected come chiefly from the elite. The victims were people who could afford Rs. 10,000 for room rent and a few thousand on dinner. If this were a terrorist attack in which more people were killed at a religious place like Varanasi or Ajmer, the whole incident would have been written off in a couple of columns.” पढ्नेक्रम जारी राख्नुहोस्

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जिन्दगीलाई जिताउने किताबी कुरा

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यो लेख आजको कान्तपुरमा प्रकाशित भएको हो । पत्रिकाकै पन्नामा देखिएको स्वरुपमा हेर्नेभए यहाँ क्लिक गर्नुस् ।

१६ औं शताब्दीका अंग्रेज लेखक तथा दार्शनिक सर फ्रान्सिस वेकनको ‘अफ स्टडिज’ निबन्धको एउटा वाक्य चाखेर या निलेर मात्र पुग्दैन चपाएर पचाउनुपर्ने खालको छ । ‘कुनै किताब चाख्नका लागि हुन्, अरू निल्नका लागि र थोरै केही चपाएर पचाउनका लागि,’ वेकन लेख्छन्- ‘अर्थात् केही किताब आंशिक मात्र पढे पुग्छ, अरू पढे हुन्छ तर चाखपूर्वक होइन र थोरै केहीचाहिँ पूरै तथा लगाव र ध्यानपूर्वक पढ्नुपर्छ ।’

वेकनको वर्गीकरणको तेस्रो बुँदाको झल्को दिनेगरी शिव खेराले आफ्नो बेस्ट सेलिङ पुस्तक ‘यू क्यान विन’ को सुरुमै ‘यो किताब कसरी पढ्ने’ शीर्षकमा पाठकलाई यस्तो सल्लाह दिएका छन्- ‘सरर पल्टाउँदै पढेर या एकै बसाइमा पूरै किताब निलेर यो किताबका अवधारणा बुझ्न सकिँदैन । यसलाई बिस्तारै र होसियारीपूर्वक पढिनुपर्छ, एकपटकमा एउटा पाठ । …यसलाई कार्य पुस्तकका रूपमा प्रयोग गर्नुस् । मार्जिनमा नोट लेख्नुस् । पढ्दै जाँदा हाइलाइटर प्रयोग गर्दै महत्त्वपूर्ण र विशेषगरी आफूलाई उपयोगी हुने शब्दहरू वा वाक्यहरू वा अनुच्छेदहरू चिन्ह लगाउनुस् । पढ्दै जाँदा प्रत्येक पाठकको अवधारणा आफ्नो पति/पत्नी वा पार्टनर वा नजिकको साथीसँग छलफल गर्नुस् ।’ पढ्नेक्रम जारी राख्नुहोस्

Kindle Thy Reading Passion!

Amazon KindleThe Kindle is a book reading/storing device whose screen uses the E Ink technology that makes the texts look like black ink on light gray paper. No backlight, no glare, no eyestrain, writes a NYT columnist.

First I read about this in Newsweek and then in other web sites. I love this new device called Amazon Kindle (see pic via NYT). I want to have one. Perhaps not immediately for neither can I afford it (USD 400) nor that is available here. Also, I don’t have credit card which means I can’t use Kindle store to download the latest books which are actually cheaper compared to their physical versions. But I can download out-of-copyrights books from Gutenberg and put them in Kindle. If the Kindle’s wireless feature supports the 3G service-like it does in the US- offered by Nepal Telecom (which is limited to certain sections of Kathmandu city) then I will be able to download them on the move. [Anyone, Amazon included, reading this and want to present me a Kindle this Christmas, please you are welcome!] पढ्नेक्रम जारी राख्नुहोस्