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Babu Menos


Fela “Anikulapo” Kuti once recorded a song with the pretty sticky hookline, “International Thief-Thief — ITT,” the global corporation wherein was, at that time, one of the biggest companies worldwide. ITT, as a global player and like all global players, caused countless people suffering, made them lose everything, just as Thomas Jefferson (1743 — 1826) had foreseen: “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous than standing armies … If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of currency … the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of their property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.” – (Thus quoted in the film Wake Up Call.)


I wrote just yesterday that Babu Menos was a pseudonym. Now, people might ask, “Why wouldn’t you use your own (‘real’) name?” It’s simple, really: I do not wish to connect the real-life person with the artist because I think they are entirely unrelated. Biographers might disagree, but I don’t find any benefit in psychological elaborations on the person, say, Franz Kafka, or Madonna, for understanding and enjoying their art.

I felt almost personally offended when the person behind the pseudonym Elena Ferrante was revealed by the dumbass (pardon my French) Italian journalist Claudio Gatti, despite her explicitly mentioning she might not be able to continue writing should her pen name ever be lifted. That was nothing short of an act of violence.

Additionally, I strongly belief that every person has a right to privacy.

Mr Less

The name Babu Menos is a pen name, pseudonym, nom de plume. The first part, Babu, is a Hindu title of respect used to politely address a father, official, or gentleman. The second, Menos, is Portuguese or Spanish and means “less.”

I try to follow a few simple rules:

If you’d like to know a bit more, you might want to read Babu Who?

Look! New Look!

Frequent readers will already know the procedure: occasionally (roughly every half year) I get tired of my website’s design. Making use of my abundant spare time, I then build it new, usually from scratch.

This design was inspired by an accident (not one involving cars and/​or pedestrians, mind you) and a new-found colour picker tool.