Cock-fighting, bull running, making lions jump through hoops of fire… the practice of making animals do things that hurt them or are contrary to their nature simply for the pleasure of humans is a long-standing debate. Certainly, Jallikattu, the bull-taming ‘sport’ associated with the harvest festival of Pongal, has generated fierce discussion for several years.

What are the many different ‘sports’ involving animals around the world that could engender questions that would make some people uncomfortable? What is your take on them? How do you feel? How would you respond to Ramakrishnan’s article?

And what about Manjunatha’s observations on how to make agricultural cooperative societies work in a way that’s advantageous to the farmer, for whom it is intended? His comments could well apply to other areas of activity too.

Take some hints from the article on the art and science of interviewing… although it is from the perspective of the interviewer, the interviewee has much to learn too. This article comes in two part; the second will follow in the next issue of Cambuzz.

How often have you received a toffee or hardboiled sweet in lieu of change? How often have you picked up a packet of gum or a bar of chocolate as you stood in line in front of the till? How many children have you seen creating a ruckus there, or just grabbing what they want? Good business strategy alright, but…

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(This article was published on January 19, 2013)
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