All stories by SHYAM G MENON
Kerala Needs To Confront RealityRediff.com6 days ago
Beginning with the bird's eye view of itself -- a narrow state of hills, rivers and high population density, in a tapering part of the Indian subcontinent. It can be a beautiful place shaped by aesthetic founded in appropriate lifestyle and progressive views, or a junkyard shaped by money and what money buys. The choice is Kerala's, notes Shyam G Menon.
What A380's failure can teach the shipping industryRediff.com8 Nov 2021
As a model of transport, the A380 strikes a parallel -- a shared fragility -- with giant container ships, observes Shyam G Menon.
THE ABBA ParadoxRediff.com19 Oct 2021
Ageing is a funny process. After rebelling and exploring, the human being drifts to the ordered arrangement, he/she once left. As a youngster I outgrew ABBA while my mother continued to like them. In September 2021, when ABBA's first single in 40 years was launched, I sent the video link to my mother. Meanwhile, now in my fifties, I find myself curious to hear ABBA's new songs, notes Shyam G Menon.
'How long will you live fearing this virus?'Rediff.com27 Sep 2021
'These reports of cases being very low in other states, is it true? Are the numbers believable?'
Opposition should aim for 2029Rediff.com7 Sep 2021
The Opposition must understand that while 2024 may draw mileage from the growing resentment towards the BJP, the real battle and proof of how well India learnt from its disastrous dalliance with the Right-wing, will be in 2029, observes Shyam G Menon.
The BJP's Politics of PopulationRediff.com27 Aug 2021
Population is a touchy issue in India. Anybody will notice the crowded rat race we live in, notes Shyam G Menon.
Can India win an Olympic Medal in Climbing?Rediff.com17 Aug 2021
While sport climbing made its debut in the Olympics only this year, it has had a popular home in India for many years now.
Tokyo Games: The Math in EverythingRediff.com29 Jul 2021
I wondered how being scientist-mathematician helps one cycle better. Perhaps the self-discipline helps; perhaps it is the scientist-technologist perspective of breaking down the whole into separate pieces, identifying specifics and working on them for improved results, mulls Shyam G Menon.
Corporate India a cheerleader for the Govt?Rediff.com16 Jul 2021
Like ants declining to question the rules of the anthill, they feel innately justified in their approach, notes Shyam G Menon.
Checking Big Tech with a Self-GoalRediff.com12 Jul 2021
It was amusing to hear Minister Jaishankar's argument of tech companies being influential non-State actors. If only he looked at his own party before saying what he did, notes Shyam G Menon.
Does an airport's name mean a lot?Rediff.com25 Jun 2021
'The urge to name the upcoming Navi Mumbai airport after well-known personalities and the equally strong urge to rally in large numbers supporting this name and that; all of this amidst COVID-19, felt deplorable,' asserts Shyam G Menon.
Should Tokyo be the guinea pig for Olympics experiment?Rediff.com9 Jun 2021
In this pandemic, why can't we have multiple locations for various disciplines, all of it then merged into a virtual convergence called the Olympics instead of one massive event in one city, asks Shyam G Menon.
Why Young India Thinks OldRediff.com7 Jun 2021
'Three decades after liberalisation kicked off, my friend's son and niece -- both born well after that historic shift in economic policy -- find themselves newly off the beaten path for no fault than listening to their heart,' notes Shyam G Menon.
Why Kerala is Angry at Shailaja's ExitRediff.com20 May 2021
Personal competence, where it should have been acknowledged and appreciated, was sacrificed for that oft heard line: Party-is-supreme. It angered that at a time when lives are at stake amidst the pandemic, the government didn't deem continuity in leadership important for the health portfolio, observes Shyam G Menon.