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India and the notion of freedom of speech

Kashmir is a weak pulse for India.  Anything related to Kashmir evokes dramatic emotions among the politicians and the countrymen alike.  It's natural, for we have been hardwired, through education and propaganda, that Kashmir is a matter of pride and honor for us.  True, it is.  But the forced innateness has caused us to be dogmatic and intolerant towards any opinion voiced in favor of separatism. 
I personally am against a separate Kashmir as it is an integral part of India, but at that same time I want to make the point that any opinion in favor of a separate Kashmir should be dealt with politically, rather than emotionally and provocatively. Right winged nationalists, befitting their nature, threaten violence in such cases. 

Such a case is the recent comments by rights activist Arundhati Roy.  She said that Kashmir was never a part of India historically.  These comments were received very critically by the media and the government.  No harm, as a democratic society gives its …

It's never too late to learn....Anything

It's never too late to learn anything new, said a great man, not sure who exactly, so let it be me. In past, when it came to cooking something, except fake heroic stories depicting me as THE ONE, I felt an emotion which can at closest be described by the word 'YUK'. Always. It was always like someone cooked and the king gulped. The king would damn if it tasted bad. But times change.

The king had to move out of his home town to far off lands in search of bread. He was told he had grown up and should earn his own broth. He came to Pune and started staying with friends. Slowly as the years passed and he was forced to rely on maids and restaurants and messes to cook for him, a friend came to his life who happened to have a special skill. Cooking. The king at first teased him of possessing a feminine hobby, jokingly of course, as the king was lazy, but not a male chauvinist.

But when the king tasted the hand cooked meal of his friend, he realized what he had been miss…