Blog is now on Times of India…

I am pleased to inform you that my blogs now feature on Times of India. I will put it up here 48 hours after they go live. Here is the link to my first post there –

Thank you and Love,



54 Responses to “Blog is now on Times of India…”

  1. Aishwarya Says:
    January 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm e
    Wonderful news. Happy for you!

    Sharmila Says:
    January 25, 2011 at 10:19 pm e
    Thanks Aish!

    Reader Says:
    January 25, 2011 at 10:28 pm e

    Hope it does not mean that we’ve lost you to TOI!

    Sharmila Says:
    January 25, 2011 at 10:30 pm e
    Ha , Ha! No it means, my blogs go there first and then come here after two days ..

    Ameen Majeed Says:
    January 25, 2011 at 10:32 pm e
    wonderful news.
    Good going

    Sharmila Says:
    January 25, 2011 at 10:34 pm e
    Thanks Ameen!


    • Reposting your comments, the URL changed on the TOI site, so had to repost.. Thanks again!

    • Lol Reader – I will write at the same pace, I think.. Will keep you posted on the new page, This current format is getting messy…

      • I have a suggestion.

        Since you have chosen politics and social campaigns for the blog content on iTimes, you will need access to a lot of credible and current information and real-time opinions on ground zero.

        Its a jungle of bloggers on iTimes… theres one for every topic in the world…

        Why not have polls or a GD here before you launch it on the TOI space?

      • It may be a jungle.. but you are on a Tiger’s Trail aren’t you? I am sure you’ll find your own pride of cats! πŸ™‚

      • Lets see. Difficult to pick a niche, I will write on the same things I write here including movie review etc. Its very flexible that way. But, thanks, good idea..

  2. Awesome πŸ™‚ Your thoughts needed to be heard by a wider audience.

  3. Thanks Ninad.. means much .. πŸ™‚

  4. Glad you found your way up…Sharmila…!
    So now bloggers are offered two options…Good..!

  5. Anand Khare Says:

    Hi Sharmila,

    Congratulations on this achievement.Proud to be associated with such knoledgeable and learned thinker and writer and her EF..

    Monalisa was perhaps talking about your fast internet connection without which it was not possible. Why did u pick it up,baby.:).


  6. Muraliraja Says:

    Hey Sharmila,
    Chris Nolan not nominated for Best Director @ Oscar has put be down. But the news of your blog featuring in TOI website really lifted my spirits πŸ™‚
    Congratulations! You deserve this. More than your writing, you as a person deserve this. I’m sure you are ready to shoulder this new responsibility & the pressure that comes with it. All the best.

    The only downer is we fans should get to read your thoughts first like special screening of films. But unfortunately here we get to read 2 days later 😦 I hate to see “” out from my most visited site list.

    Anyway, Happy for you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Murali – I am so touched by your comment. Thank you my friend. Means a lot. although this Chris Nolan take is rombo too much , No ? πŸ˜‰

    • I still cannot believe the Academy can bungle up like this!

      • Muraliraja Says:

        Academy does this at times. Earlier it was Martin Scorsese now Chris Nolan! I guess Nolan don’t bother about this like his fans. He will keep doing his good work & will outperform once again. When “The Dark Knight Raises” Nolan will once again raise the bar of movie making.

      • This is the hall mark of a great film maker.. awards and rewards seldom matter

  7. Sharmila,

    I am going to have to be content with this page.

    My company’s IT network was designed and customized by Satyam back in 2003. Some genius has blocked intra-net access to Media, and social networks that lead working employees away from the herd in the office. Somehow that mean fellow left access to wordpress and mailers – which is a blessing for non-working guys on the payroll like you-know-who… …. …Nerds avoid herds… anywhere… πŸ™‚

    Okay, be that as it may.

    Whats making news, right now:


    a. Additional District Collector – India’s constitutional officer of Governance in Manmad, Maharashtra – was burnt alive by a group deployed by local enterprenuers for adulterating Petrol with Kerosene.

    My take: The term Alienation needs to be re-defined. Who is a native and who is an alien?

    b. People of Srinagar are disappointed that Indians are trying to celebrate a Republic Day on their grounds. Unlike Sudan where the partition is now complete, Srinagar is yet to get a plebiscite of separation from the UN despite article 370 of the Constitution about a conditional accession of the territory by India.

    c. The Republic Day parade. A very interesting learning today was: The Sikh Regiment’s motto is : Ir Bir Phatte… a slogan that was spoofed by Mr. Bachchan into a satire against feudal rulers.

    d. Other current Affairs doing the rounds: Priyanka-Shaheed; Aamir with his own wife; SRK with himself; Karan Johar with itself.

    To be continued…

  8. Republic Day.

    I asked one of my friends, “Should the President do a State of the Nation address like the US, what do you think?”

    He laughed loudly as if I couldn’t have said anything more stupid. He is right: Address to the people is about being accountable. What was I thinking about?

    Perhaps I can come up with a report myself. I’ll call it Anatomy of my country.

    The Head

    The Engineering Services in India, although the largest segment, is only 12% of the GDP of the nation. So much for a delayed industrial revolution. And this head includes IT, Automobile, Aviation and Semi-conductors with investments of Finland, many Californians from the US, Canada, Rolls Royce, General Motors, Netherlands, Boeing and others. So, you can write-off any hopes of IP rights. In Pharma, we are the 3rd largest producers in the world by volume, yet 14th by value. Thats another loser as far as research goes.

    The Digestive System

    According RNCOS we produce ~US$300 billion worth of food each year, export about ~US$20 billion and consume the rest.

    The Limbs

    We have the largest network of railroads in Asia. 64,000 Kms of rail carry 18 million passengers on 17,000 trains. The Ministry of Railways earns ~US$18 billion an year (April 2010).

    Growing Muscle

    Biotech and Biopharma. Current value US$ 2billion per annum.


    Missing. There is no spine in this body. Occassional bones found suspended in various parts.

  9. Actually with somebody like Pratibha giving an address to the nation, it would be quite something.!

  10. Congratulations Sharmila! This is great news! I just read your post at the TOI website and posted a comment.

  11. Sharmila,

    Continuing from above: The Republic Day of our Federal Republic –

    Note that out of the 28 states and 7 Union Territories of the Federal Union, ther are only 4 states that are not on the countries border. Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand.

    The rest 24 states and 7 UT are on the border. The country is not as safe as we like to believe, both externally and internally.

    On a debate last night on a news channel, a speaker for the government claimed something strange.

    Let the separatists in Kashmir be allowed to be, he says. We shall deal with them in the same way as we have done with those in “Tamilnadu and Punjab” in the past.

    I was shaken by the brazen, I-care-a-damn, tone of this pro-government speaker.

    I must say, Ratan Tata’s words, “Banana Republic” and “Crony Capitalism” are too polite.

  12. All along the line I have been wondering the same…Reader…!
    Ppl in India jumping up & down bragging about economic growth and all that…Gov. focusing and (mis)guiding nation with GDP rate and all that…and no one cares enough about whatever is happening into the bordering states…!
    Where is it exactly going to end..!? Does anyone has a clear pic. in mind about that..!???
    PS. I previous post has been edited..!!!???

    • MonaLisa,

      Let me give you a parallel example of something that happened a few months ago in my company.

      I refused to report to a XYZ Vice President as a part of the restructuring process. My function deals with the management board and HR. The VP concerned was very upset and created a scene.

      In return I broke the protocol and reported the matter to the CEO.

      The rest of the executives stood aside and watched the fun.

      CEO was quick to grasp the situation and vetoed the VPs proposal. I stood my ground and won.

      The learning is:

      Facts are facts. Some people who see the end raise their voice. But they are snubbed or drowned in the general din of the cronies. If the top leadership knows this then future crisis is avoided and life can go on.

      If not, then strife and struggle follows even if one is an endangered tiger-mom.

      • Reader…
        Not many has that vision…! If they do..tey have to have the courage to face the consequences too…If Things might go otherway has to be ready to pack their bages and leave…
        Even if some have courage..they might have some vested interests in that given situations….after all no one joins politics to serve ppl..they just serve their purposes…so whatever the present postions allow them to gather whatever they want to…they gather it overlooking & ignoring the future..
        Because…in their mind ..according to their calculations..they can pack their bags and leave the country for good if at all any such thing happens in future…they never worry about the rest…! They will be on their own or mercy of God…! What is God for..!? lol…
        No wonder India is a Very Religious Country…!

  13. Congrats Sharmila… I have left a comment on the TOI version of your blog. But why are you putting us on a Tiger Trail? I haven’t stalked anybody all my life.

  14. Anand Khare Says:


    I find this format of commenting and receiving reaction is better than comment format of TOI.

    Ofcourse TOI blog has a better reach.That is why it is resulting in more comments. But the quantity of comments is quite low on quality.May be things get better in times to come.

    Meanwhile AB also talked about responsibility at his blog. Has got anything to do with Ninad’s comment above.


    • Anand – There is quite a bit of moderation from the other end. Yes, there is undoubtedly a phenomenal reach with TOI. Regarding AB, lol.. have no idea. Maybe it has. who knows!

  15. 11,000 feet above the sea level,in the garhwal-kedar range of the snowcapped himalayas, a giant glacier releases pristine clear drinking water towards Kedarnath.

    A small crystalline stream is born. It bounces off the frozen sides, cascading merrily like a child jostling around a mother. The joy of a new freedom.

    Its a girl child. She is named Bhagirathi.

    She is saved from freezing again by a hot sulfur spring a few miles down the rocky path. Her body of water is so pure, all nature comes to life around her.

    She does not stop for admiration. She grows by the hour. She rushes happilay down the mountains leaving her parent glacier behind.

    She is joined by another pure princess of the snow, the Alaknanda, in a small human town called Devaprayag.

    The two friends unite and merge to become one powerful river of life – the Ganga.

    She meanders for a hundred rapid miles through the himalayan range, cutting a deep valley through the dense softwood forests, and finally breaks into the wide plains fast, furious and full of virgin strength. She is so vast at this point that her two banks on the sides are not visible to each other.

    She is shortly joined by another sister, The Yamuna, who is less pure in content yet as large in size.

    Here she ages in time. She is humbled. She is used by all and sundry. Her fresh water is soiled and defiled. She slows down.

    She drags herself towards the salty ocean of Bengal.

    There is no cleansing of this corruption. She has come too far. She cannot see the himalayas from here or catch a glimpse of her parent glacier. She has left her house far behind.

    She dies happily in the arms of the ocean. Thats her mukti, her deliverance.

    • Your blog has just merged with the ocean…

    • Aishwarya Says:

      Soul-stirring melancholy…sweet pain. Beautiful…

      • Thats my style.

        But its not right in Sharmila’s context. This blog is only a vehicle. Not the river ganges.

      • Aishwarya Says:

        May be not…or may be to a certain extent…as in merging to be a part of a larger whole…

        I wonder if its alright for me to feel a little forlorn that the blogs are now officially TOI’s…

      • Aishwarya Says:


        Perhaps I should explain that.

        We’ll be reading your blogs 2 days after its on TOI…2 DAYS! I’ll miss the anticipation and thrill here…

        Its said that when we love something, we must set it free…
        I guess I’m still trying to get the hang of it…:P


      • LOL.. I am bound by contract Aish.. πŸ™‚ But, feel free to comment wherever you please.. love your comments always.

      • Aishwarya,

        The business world avoids this by re-inventing, re-structuring and re-shaping the company and its policies every few years.

        Its the priciple of the Learning Curve that was designed by the aviation industry in Europe.

        When 80% of the task is happening with 20% effort, its time for perestroika. Glasnost may be risque if you are working with unprofessional strangers.

        In a family ofcourse things are different because we don’t buy and sell anything at home amongst each other. Business principles don’t apply, except when someone practices trading in kind.

        Businessmen are stupid anyway. They are always thinking of some new products for people to benefit.

      • Its usually for the benefit of the business…

      • Aishwarya,

        Isn’t that stupid?

        Some horse trader has 8 billion dollars stacked in Swiss accounts. A Minister swings 17 billion dollars. A lobbyist turnsover 30 million. Some gangster creates a goons-club in a dark street or something similar on a social network.

        What are businessmen doing producing useful goods for ungrateful suckers?

      • What are ‘useful goods’?

        I am perfectly capable of living in a village…for me, all these products fall under the category of luxury…not necessities…

      • Aishwarya,

        A useful ‘good’ from a doctor would be ‘diagnosis’ of an illness in a patient.

        A patient might call it a luxury because everyone has to die one day. Why bother about diagnosis and treatment?


        This is my last comment Aish. I am taking a sabbatical from the blog-world.

        Blogging doesn’t qualify for a Padmashri or a galantry award.

        I need a break.

      • Reader,

        What does a businessman want? Money or gratitude?

        A doctor is not a businessman. It would be difficult if they decide to negotiate in the OR… πŸ™‚


        Where are you? Come back…please.

      • Sharmila,

        Thank you… πŸ™‚

      • Reader,

        Where are you?

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