Aren’t people absurd! They never use the freedoms they do have, but demand those they don’t have; they have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech. (Søren Kierkegaard)

I teach and research English as spoken and written in India, at a university in south India.

What’s with the smoke screen? Well, the purpose of a smoke screen is to obscure, to mislead. And to make the eyes smart!

That’s what words are, aren’t they? A smoke screen for thought. 

Read and go away rubbing your eyes . . .



  1. Anonymous said

    Interesting blog, will visit again.
    Why dont you allow comments?

  2. Quirky Indian said

    Really liked your blog. I like to believe that I’m a keen observer (and, I must shamefacedly admit, an imitator) of how English is spoken in India.

    Quirky Indian

  3. Nova said

    Good blog!!

    Adding you to my blogroll!

  4. Space Bar said

    you are UoH and we haven’t met? Or have we?

  5. Sent you e-mail, Space Bar. Don’t want to let the cat out of the bag here. 🙂

  6. Very nice.

  7. greycity said

    Just discovered your blog, and am enjoying it. And while I’m here, let me misquote Voltaire, because it seems appropriate:

    “Men use words to hide their thoughts, and thoughts to hide their intentions.”

  8. Aayush said

    Hi. I read your comment on Jai’s blog (Jabberwock) that you were interested in reading more about the Jaipur litfest. Well, I’ve just uploaded a photo-essay on my blog about it and you can have a look. As always, bouquets and brickbats are most welcome!


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