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Say What

It is true that Girish Karnad is a giant in a land of literary phonies. His plays, most based on myth and history, will be as good as anything India will ever produce. There is also merit in…

The Trouble with Jail Biryani

Two jailors in India have lost their jobs for serving biryani in their jails. In Hyderabad’s Chanchalaguda prison, Jailor Keshav Naidu arranged fresh fruits, biryani, bakery items and chocolates for…

A Familiar Murderer in the PTA

KOCHI ~ A teacher is murdered in cold blood in the classroom while he is teaching. The person convicted of the murder is awarded capital punishment, later commuted to life imprisonment by the…

Of Love and Law in La-la-land

CINEMA ~ All this while, Ajay Devgn Ffilms (ADF) was thought to have one big affliction: numerology. Of late, the company has complained of another: monopoly. Specifically, the monopoly of Yash…

Roger Federer in Shanghai

SHANGHAI ~ The decline of Roger Federer has not diminished the lethargic beauty of his play, which is one of the two qualities that mark his legend. The second is what happens to the tennis ball…

A meal with Sachin... and then some

2 April had just turned to 3 April 2011. But it was a midnight like no other and all of India had bid sleep a temporary farewell. It was party time. In every bylane of the country. After a…

Desi Shades of Erotica

The prologue of Sreemoyee Piu Kundu’s second novel begins with Meera masturbating on a rainy morning, as her husband and mother-in-law are heard banging on the door outside. And Sreemoyee writes…

Sons of Bollywood

Diwali fireworks have begun early in the Khan and Devgn households this year. Ajay Devgn’s Son of Sardaar, co-produced by Ajay Devgn Ffilms (ADF), and Shah Rukh Khan’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan, produced…

The Other Shades of Grey

Last Saturday I woke up feeling invincible. The Dude was travelling again and I’d decided that instead of moping and sending him guilt-inducing texts, I’d make myself productive. There was my…

Good Boys Love Their Mothers

A few days ago, a male friend shared with me the tremendous unease he felt at the news of his mother’s impending breast reduction surgery. “It’s not that she wants her breasts smaller or firmer that…