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‘E’ for English Goddess

In comparison with the huge statues of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, this two-and-a-half feet bronze figure, clad in robes, a wide-brimmed hat and holding a pen, didn’t look…

Chetan Bhagat’s ‘Reinvention’

Years spent as a pariah in literary circles seem to have caught up with Chetan Bhagat, India’s largest-selling fiction writer. He’s excited that he’s moved on to some “meaningful” writing as well…

At Last, Real American Indians

A recent girl crush on Cecilia ‘Cece’ Meyers, played by Hannah Simone, in the comedy New Girl helped one stumble over a heart-warming discovery. Simone is half Indian, and plays a full-blooded…

Mission Dhoom

When Katrina Kaif leaves for Chicago to shoot for Dhoom 3 next week, she’ll join Uday Chopra, Aamir Khan and Abhishek Bachchan, who would have kicked off the new schedule by the time she gets…

Jism 2

Let’s be honest and not crib about porn stars going mainstream. Sunny Leone got her break in porn not necessarily because she’s a natural, but because the dramatically expanding South Asian…

Sony Bravia 46 HX850

The HX850 series of TVs from Sony are beautiful to look at. This 46 inch LED TV is capable of producing full HD 3D pictures with life-like appeal. Though Sony has persisted with active shutter…

Why Women Outlive Men

Why do women live longer than men—according to reports, on an average, by as much as five to six years? Some scientists believe they have found the answer, and have dubbed it the ‘Mother’s Curse…

The Immortal Vidal

Among my various claims to fame , here are the three most important. One, in the early 1970s, I have ridden twice or thrice in the same elevator as Ratan Tata, never mind that he was not head of…

A Different Species

When I lived in Colaba in Mumbai and the cat was still new, he used to crawl along the stone ledge above my writing desk. He used to stare up at crows there and, I think, fantasise about goring…

One Isn’t a Lonely Number

Yesterday started with Grandma K calling and demonstrating the considerable strength in her 80-year-old vocal cords. The reason for this emergency conference call was the pressing matter of her…