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text 2020-03-16 04:19
The civic officials demolished the illegal coverings

However we found that they were also serving patrons in these areas.Assistant municipal commissioner from ‘A’ ward Kiran Dighavkar said, “Most of the restaurants claimed that the covering was for monsoon protection. Accordingly, action was taken against Shiv Sagar Restaurant, Salt Water Café and Chopsticks at Veer Nariman Road, as they were found illegally occupying its compulsory open space. The BMC had initiated the action following the directives of state Lokayukta, who had asked civic body to take action against hotels and restaurants for covering compulsory open spaces. (Photo: Shripad Naik) 24DEMOLITION1.

 

The Samrat restaurant, which is also located on the same road, vacated the open space on their own. “We asked the eateries to restore the compulsory open space within two days of the receipt of the notice, failing which the same would be demolished by us without any further intimation,” said a civic official. (Photo: Shripad Naik)The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday took action against several popular eateries in Churchgate by removing the illegal extensions raised by them in the compulsory open spaces.According to the civic officials, a 48-hour notice had been served to the eateries on June 20, which had covered their compulsory open space.

 

The civic officials demolished the illegal coverings, which had been erected by these eateries. These eateries were found operating their business at these spaces, thus violating the China Travel Vacuum Space Bag Manufacturers municipal norms, said civic officials.”. The BMC had also planned to take action against Kamling, Gaylords and Pizza by the Bay, but they received a stay from the court.BMC workers demolish an illegal structure of a restaurant near Churchgate station.jpg BMC workers demolish an illegal structure of a restaurant near Churchgate station

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text 2020-02-19 02:08
The information vacuum is also why people are not as vocal as usual
The information vacuum is also why people are not as vocal as usual. On the other the international media is talking of all that is wrong there. He visited Kashmir in September and found the pain palpable. Any platform is all-Muslim is vulnerable to being branded anti-national. If Hyderabad goes, all is lost. No calls for marches or night vigils. Dr. But overall, it’s been a no-show. Hyderabad’s capacity to shape history was tremendous then.The thought of Kashmiris being caged for 76 days was bothersome, said Zafar Javeed, honorary secretary of Sultan-ul-uloom Education Society.. Religious bodies too, with the exception of Jamaat-e-Islami-e-Hind, which made token noise all over India did little by way of protest against the suppression of Kashmiris’ civil liberties.“
 
The fear of NRC is high in Telengana.The reason for the silence is fear.It’s easier for non- Muslims to be vocal, says Mohammed Shafiq uz Zaman, advocate, but even the well-placed, like the 49 intellectuals hit by a sedition charge, are made to pay. No protest call.Ironically, the Kashmiri pain is something Hyderabadis can relate to, having felt something similar during the 1948 Police Action, says Aijaz Farruq, retired Air Force officer and religious scholar.Tragically, Hyderabad has not lived up to its potential. Kashmiris’ food, medicine and livelihood are at stake; yet the government talks merely of restoring post-paid mobile connections. Some in the Shia community also made a spot assessment. Fear of being left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), and fear of being called ‘anti-national’.”Ali Quadri, an active member of a coalition of religious bodies visited Kashmir to study the ground situation.
 
The turmoil in Kashmir has been greeted with a deafening silence.“This was the priority,” Askari said. This is also a dampener for the ordinary Muslim. Rumours circulate time and again of people to be removed from the list. It especially gnaws at the section of society whose gatherings passionately discuss human rights violations in Kashmir.The reason for the silence is fear. Even as Kashmiri traders and students talk of ‘change of heart’ among ordinary Indian Muslims, thanks to the fear of being left out of the NRC or being called ‘anti-national’, by and large the reaction of Muslims to the Kashmir issue has been subdued.The threat of NRC has kept NGOs busy ensuring citizens have proper documentation.Hyderabad’s expression is in lockdown, within the four walls of home.
 
Not one forum or discussion on Kashmir in an otherwise vibrant Hyderabad, whose history speaks of how they have stood up for religious brethren — the last occasion being the Kashmir floods, when Hyderabad contributed liberally for relief.Mujtaba Askari of Helping Hand Foundation said: “On one side there is daily government propaganda stating life is normal.”Non-government organisations (NGOs) trying to establish contact want to do it with non-religious groups, for China Travel Vacuum Space Bag fear of losing the focus on human rights. The Governor of Bombay sent this telegram to the Governor General in Calcutta when India’s first war of independence was taking shape. Khaled Mubashshir uz Zafar of Jamaat-e-Islami rues the subdued show of solidarity but talks of the fear of a backlash. The politically-strong Muslim citizenry shows a collective indifference about India’s only Muslim-majority state. Fear of being left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), and fear of being called ‘anti-national’

 

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review 2020-01-31 18:21
Absolutely brilliant sci-fi
The Cyberiad - Stanisław Lem,Daniel Mróz,Michael Kandel

Now The Cyberiad completely got me back on board the Stanislaw Lem fan train. It was absolutely hysterical. This is a collection of short stories all about the adventures (or rather misadventures) of 2 (in)famous constructors as they make their way across the universe. (These journeys are called sallies which is a detail I adore.) Our heroes, Klapaucius and Trurl, are constantly trying to one-up each other not only with their creations but also with their status as constructors and benefactors to the cosmos. These robots are constructed for all kinds of constructive and inane reasons like storytelling, poetry, making war, etc. And the words that Lem makes up! I'm trying to think of a better word than delightful to describe my reading experience but honestly it was a treat to read a bit of this every night before bed. (If you don't laugh at the depiction of 'palefaces' i.e. humans then you have no sense of humor at all.) An absolute 10/10 for me. (And wait til you read the twist. O_O)

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review 2020-01-31 18:19
Stanislaw Lem: A Masterpost
Solaris - Stanisław Lem,Steve Cox,Joanna Kilmartin
The Cyberiad: Fables for the Cybernetic Age - Stanisław Lem
Memoirs Found in a Bathtub - Stanisław Lem,Christine Rose

The premise is that a scientist is sent to Solaris (a planet with a space station) only to discover that the 3 inhabitants which he was meant to meet have been reduced to two. Our main character, Kris Kelvin, arrives hoping to crack the enigma of the alien ocean which comprises the whole of the planet (and which is sentient). Once he arrives, strange and disturbing things start to happen such as resurrection of the dead into corporeal beings. Is the entity aware of its cruelty? Is it conducting an experiment on the scientists like the ones that it has been subjected to over the years? Have they actually gone mad?! The overarching message that Lem seems to be making is that humanity continually seeks out new worlds and beings only to impose their own values and agendas to further their reach. (Think colonialism of other cultures and peoples.) He likens it to religion and the search for redemption. (Sci-fi and philosophy go hand-in-hand more often than not as most lovers of the genre will know.) For me it's a 4/10 as I found myself putting it down and grabbing other things to read instead.

 

Now The Cyberiad completely got me back on board the Stanislaw Lem fan train. It was absolutely hysterical. This is a collection of short stories all about the adventures (or rather misadventures) of 2 (in)famous constructors as they make their way across the universe. (These journeys are called sallies which is a detail I adore.) Our heroes, Klapaucius and Trurl, are constantly trying to one-up each other not only with their creations but also with their status as constructors and benefactors to the cosmos. These robots are constructed for all kinds of constructive and inane reasons like storytelling, poetry, making war, etc. And the words that Lem makes up! I'm trying to think of a better word than delightful to describe my reading experience but honestly it was a treat to read a bit of this every night before bed. (If you don't laugh at the depiction of 'palefaces' i.e. humans then you have no sense of humor at all.) An absolute 10/10 for me. (And wait til you read the twist. O_O)

 

Memoirs Found in a Bathtub caught my eye simply for the novelty of the title and that bizarre cover. This book is difficult to sum up or even to rate as it truly has no discernible plot. Lest you dismiss it immediately because of this fact, let me assure you that there's much to recommend this title. The word play and circuitous path of our main character (who remains nameless) is satire at its finest. Espionage, counterespionage, and counter-counterespionage abound in The Building where our character has been given a very important Mission...if only he knew what it was. He is continually beset by obstacles in the form of bureaucrats, winding halls with nondescript doors, and instructions that keep vanishing. What would happen if humanity was forced to abandon its cities and move into an underground bunker? Would society, culture, and technology survive and continue to advance?  Lem weaves a provocative tale of paranoia, confusion, and ultimately betrayal. 5/10 but would have been higher had there been a plot to follow. 

 

What's Up Next: Exhalation by Ted Chiang

 

What I'm Currently Reading: The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

 

 

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text 2020-01-06 03:23
This opened the floodgates of hatred from Modi followers

We must not allow lowly rabble-rousers to rob us of this basic right. And not be cowed by the barks of hate-mongers. Ananthamurthy believes that every writer needs to be a “critical insider” to their tradition, like Mahatma Gandhi was. “We, as writers, will have to be conscientious witnesses to the terrible events of our times,” Ananthamurthy said after the 2002 Gujarat massacres, “as well as act as citizens to restore sanity and compassion.” It was not about anger or irritation or running away from an unpleasant situation.And for many, that disgust is not only because of the possibility of Modi, widely regarded as a mass murderer, becoming our Prime Minister. For their audacious inauthenticity. Only the incurably innocent or doggedly somnambulant would refuse to recognise this.

 

A writer does not write in a vacuum. He has even tried party politics.) Ananthamurthy was shocked. For their contempt for justice. They hit out at the venerated 80-year-old, plastering the Internet with hate speech, calling him names, sending him money for a one-way ticket out of the country.R. For their skewed idea of governance and development. Democracy is about freedom of thought and debate, about our critical engagement in governance. It was about heartbreaking disappointment and profound disgust. For many Indians disgust seems to be the defining emotion for our current political situation. He had criticised Jawaharlal Nehru, he recalled, he had campaigned against Indira Gandhi and the Emergency, but he had never faced such coarse threats and abuse.

 

Even if we are deeply disgusted. It springs from the smug satisfaction that is evident in the barefaced way the BJP carries on its much touted governance, speckled by encounter killings, brazenly blaming Muslims for terror attacks that may have been carried out by Hindu fanatics, for the way they need to dress Muslims up in skull caps and burqas to show their secular appeal in a theatre of the absurd. True to form, China Travel Vacuum Space Bag Factory the Modi brigade continues their abusive, uncivilised rampage against Ananthamurthy. This is a writer who saw India break free, who was devoted to the idea of a new democratic India, a socialist writer who stepped out of his traditional priestly family to help build a casteless, egalitarian India, who dipped his pen in the wisdom of the ancient epics to show the way forward in a society wounded by rotting tradition and savage custom.

 

He lives and breathes in a society and needs to be critically aware of his surroundings. The writer is editor of The Little Magazine. And the political is personal too.” He believes Modi must be opposed because he is a very big bully and will break the spirit of India, creating a country of spineless, unfree cowards. Modi merely crowns that mountain of disgust. Literature — some more than others — helps us relate to the conflict between the two, shows us how one affects or balances the other. For their bare-faced, fish-eyed lack of shame. (I hope he accepts the money and donates it to deserving causes that don’t interest these zealous givers. And the political is personal too.Last week, U. Through this, literature helps us understand ourselves and our world. Why can’t a writer just shut up and write, they scream, and keep his nose out of politics Not surprisingly, this argument of the illiterate exhibits not just ignorance of literature but also ignorance about Ananthamurthy.

 

This opened the floodgates of hatred from Modi followers. An age of unreason, marked by a chilling absence of ethics, shaped by violence, cradling debilitating discontent. Ananthamurthy has always been very political. And in this Ananthamurthy is not alone. Only the incurably innocent or doggedly somnambulant would refuse to recognise this. It is disgust for the whole situation that allows Modi to be a prime ministerial candidate.The personal is political. We forget that as citizens we have a responsibility to speak out. The shame that holds you back at the precipice.In the cacophony that has become the mainstay of our politics, voices of sanity often go unheard.But why is Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party more of a monster than the Congress after the 1984 massacre of Sikhs in Delhi Why is Modi’s BJP so icky-yucky if the deeply corrupt and quite sectarian Congress is not I guess it is a matter of degree.

 

And shame. “If this is not fascism, what is ” he wondered. His fiction does not just hold up a mirror to society, it shows in graphic detail and sparkling clarity what is wrong with it. Apart from the viciousness of violence in Gujarat, the revulsion springs from the shamelessness and lack of remorse that followed — right up to Modi’s recent admission that he feels as much remorse as he would if a kutte ka bachcha (son of a dog) came under his wheels on the streets. “If this is the situation even before the elections, what will happen if Modi comes to power ”When a few days later, he was asked by the media whether he still stood by his comment, Ananthamurthy replied: “I stand by my sentence with a modification: I don’t want to live in a world where Modi is Prime Minister. The personal is political.

 

Nor is the rabid response to it a surprise. It is not easy to be a silent witness to the steady demolition of the idea of India, especially if you feel strongly about equality, pluralism, justice and democratic freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. For the corruption that shapes public life, for the violence that powers our politics, for the failures in governance that permit sectarian violence, for the cold-blooded, politically planned massacres targeting particular faiths or castes, for the “honour killings”, for the absence of law and order, for a government that desperately tries (but fails, one suspects) to keep criminal MPs and MLAs in power going against a Supreme Court order.

 

For Ananthamurthy, literature is political — it has to respond to the challenges of the times. For not even having a trace of what in Bengali we would call chokkhu lajja, the shame in the eye. Ananthamurthy, extraordinary fiction writer, essayist, poet and distinguished public intellectual, said he would not wish to live in an India where Narendra Modi was Prime Minister. Powerful novels like Samskara and short stories like Ghatashraddha (both have been made into films) made Ananthamurthy a literary giant in Kannada, one with a rare understanding of Indian tradition and an unwavering conscience.So it is not surprising that a writer who has brilliantly critiqued the personal as the political and the political as personal would speak his mind on the politics of the day

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