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Indian gender ratio worsens—yet all is not bad

The latest Indian census shows an alarming decline in the girl child ratio while our population is promptly on the rise. Coupled with this is the fact that the attitude towards daughters all over the nation seems to be changing—for the worse. Illegal practices by bribe-happy doctors are adding to this misfortune. Yet there appears to be a ray of hope for the optimist, in the country’s ‘sample surveys.’ But how hopeful can we really be? We have all this and more to ponder over as India inches towards China’s dramatically low gender ratio with sufficient scope to take over as the world’s most populous nation.

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Extracts from the Cynic’s Wordbook – Part VIII – the letter D

See previously entered letters C, J, K, M &c. here. ❧ Dad – noun A father whom his vulgar children do not respect. Dandy – noun One who professes a singularity of opinion with regard to his own merits, accentuating his eccentricity with his clothes. Day – noun A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent. Decide – verb To succumb to the […]

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Extracts from the Cynic’s Wordbook – Part VIII – the letter D

See previously entered letters C, J, K, M &c. here. ❧ Dad – noun A father whom his vulgar children do not respect. Dandy – noun One who professes a singularity of opinion with regard to his own merits, accentuating his eccentricity with his clothes. Day – noun A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent. […]

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Extracts from the Cynic’s Wordbook – Part VII – the letter S

Also see letters P, M, K, C, J and R. ❧ Sabbath – noun An unknown quantity in San Francisco social life. Sacerdotalist – noun One who holds the belief that a clergyman is a priest. Sacred – noun Dedicated to some religious purpose; having a divine character; as the Dalai Lama of Tibet; the Moogum of M’bwango; the Cow in India; the hair […]

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Extracts from the Cynic’s Wordbook – Part VI – the letter R

Previous entries: P, M, K, C, J. Notice I have listed double the number of extracts under this letter. This is simply because these are some of the finest in the whole book by Bierce. A little bonus for you to chew and occasionally swallow and digest. Read on: ❧ Recruit – noun A person distinguishable from […]

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Extracts from the Cynic’s Wordbook – Part IV – the letter C

Today is the day of the letter C. ’nuff said. Or maybe, ’nuff seen. Whatever that means. We’ve read through P, M and K. Read on. ❧ Cabbage – noun A familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man’s head. Calamity – noun A more than commonly plain and unmistakable reminder that the affairs of this […]

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Extracts from the cynic’s wordbook – Part II – the letter M

~This post is dedicated to my own blog. For being there.~ In my last post I gave you ten of what I thought were the finest ‘Devil’s definitions’ of words in Bierce’s ‘The Devil’s Dictionary.’ Today, I shall outline some more, this time from the letter M. This is arguably the most entertaining of all […]

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Extracts from the cynic’s wordbook – Part I – the letter P

~This post is dedicated to my good friend, Raghul Selvam, for failing to dissociate in lofty hours. He is still alive today.~ While Ambroce ‘Bitter’ Bierce himself rather fancied the name ‘The Devil’s Dictionary’ to ‘The Cynic’s Wordbook,’ I think the latter is equally good and thus decided to title this post as you now […]

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Hollywood, tailor-made!

It pleases one to no small limit to see all (or at least most) of his favourite actors, director(s) and screenplaywright(s) working on a common project and coming out with what can only be a masterpiece of a film. This coming year looks like its my turn. Among my favourite actors are (in no particular […]

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Classical music you never knew you had listened to

I play the violin. I’m no maestro, but I can handle the bow well (but I still cannot play the vibrato!) And this beautiful instrument–which came to me somewhat as a serendipity–has, for some reason, convinced me to spread the word about those great musical masterpieces I listen to everyday. And then I realised people […]

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