Almost heaven

By Siddharth Prasad  Say what you want about them, but Americans really like America. And not just in the zealous, ‘this-is-my-motherland-and-I-will-lay-down-somebody’s-life-for-it’ kind of way. Nor am I talking about the patriotic hypermush that causes films like...

Target words

By Siddharth Prasad If an advertising writer were given the means and the freedom to go out and kill a few of the words that cause him the greatest distress, ‘Warm’ and ‘Caring’ would be the first to get gunned down. Bang, bang. Just like that; quick and clean and...

Linguistic expansion

By Siddharth Prasad Invented a new language. This language, described as ‘a futuristic language from a distant planet’, is called Loxian. Why would someone want to invent a language? Roma Ryan did it because she was writing lyrics for some of Enya’s music and nothing...

The cheque is in the mail

By Siddharth Prasad These days Reader’s Digest is sending us a tree, which would be fine, since we like trees, except for the awkward fact that they’re sending it in installments – one mailer at a time. The story began a year ago, with the arrival of the First Fat...

Small common Walter

By Siddharth Prasad I grew up in a time when the CD hadn’t been invented yet. We listened to music by playing cassettes on portable little 2-in-1s with tinny little speakers. And because of the finite nature of pocket money, a lot of the tapes weren’t even ‘original’;...