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The Cult of NaMo

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For millions, reality does not seem to count

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The End That Wasn’t

If you are reading this, you clearly survived it. 21 December 2012 had come to mean many things to many people. Its significance lay in its place in the Mayan Long Count Calendar, according to which…

Awaiting Ratan Tata’s Memoirs

Tata fascinates me. Not just as a brand that sounds like baby babble but still symbolises trust and longevity after a century-and-a-half of existence, but as a business house that is greater than its…

The Strange Kingdom of Faith

A couple of months ago, it was reported that Jesus Christ might have been married. A papyrus fragment of an unauthorised  gospel had come into the possession of Karen L King, a professor with Harvard…

Honey Bunnies of a Different Kind

The Playboy Club is coming to India, and it’s all going to be about ‘aspiration’. Playboy Enterprises, in collaboration with PB Lifestyle, wants to target high-profile Indian customers. The first…

A Find Gone Awry

HYDERABAD ~ If you find a treasure, then it’s not always a good thing. Especially if it is in someone else’s home. Five men have been arrested in Hyderabad for trying to sell a trove worth crores…

Insulting Traditions

Reading an excerpt from Salman Rushdie’s recently released autobiography, Joseph Anton, written in third-person, I was struck by the following sentences: When friends asked what they could do to help…

The Commentator’s Curse

Ah, that happy time during the just-concluded India-England Test series. It was Day 3 of the first Test. England languished at 144/7 and would soon follow on in chase of India’s mammoth 521/8…

Toddlers under Stress

It is the evening after Dussehra in Mumbai. Nepean Sea Road, an otherwise busy street, lies bare. It is still recovering from Ravana’s death. Hidden amid the high rises of this posh area is a…

The Trouble With Youth

I spent last weekend reading most of the emails and comments from readers of this column. A recurring problem most haters seem to have is that I’m too young to be writing about relationships. Maybe…

Pather Panchali

Surrealism is not my favourite aesthetic, but I find myself increasingly tempted to attempt a story in that genre. My pather panchali (song of the road), I find myself saying sometimes, the evening…