Lazy, nothing much happening kind of day — which means you have time to read.
1. So read this — a Wired story on what it takes to really disappear.
2. The Acorn blog throws up the fallacy in FinMin Pranab Mukherjee’s recent grandstanding on the subject of accommodations for Shashi Tharoor and SM Krishna. On the face of it, Mukherjee is looking out for the interests of the Indian taxpayer when he suggests the Foreign Minister and his MoS should move out of five star hotel suites. In other words, the FinMin’s definition of austerity is to ask his colleagues to move out of accommodations they are paying for out of their own pocket, and into accommodations paid for by the government taxpayer?
3. Back to book bans [yeah, I’m kind of obsessive on the subject: previous posts here, here and here] — we don’t realize it at the time, but silence and apathy when a book is banned or one of our other freedoms is casually snatched from us has far-reaching repercussions. As will be apparent from Nilanjana’s meticulous history of bans. Additional: on her Twitter stream, Nila has been throwing up links to various books that have been banned [the relevant hashtag] in recent times.
4. Meet the original Mohandas.