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The Second Sanskrit Commission

The second Sanskrit Commission, headed by Satya Vrat Shastri, has reportedly suggested a host of measures for the revival of Sanskrit, and one of these is the establishment of special laboratories…

The Shashank Redemption

The last time Sharad Pawar and N Srinivisan came together in the boardroom of BCCI politics was in 2005 to cast out a man who had ruled the Board for over half a century. Pawar became president,…

Behold the Digital Deliverer

The salad plates have just been cleared and the green tang of cilantro lingers in the air, somewhat at odds with the summer blooms atop the tables. Gathered for a special dinner this Saturday night,…

The Networker

I watched the year’s best Hindi movie last week, one set—like so many other Indian movies these days—in a foreign locale. Not in the Alps or in London, or on Australia’s Gold Coast, but in humdrum…

Cast(e)aways

Around two km south of Danapur Cantt in Patna, we stop at the road towards Bihta and a group of 30 people come running towards our vehicle. These are labourers waiting for contractors to pick them up…

Will You Come Home?

Bonniey Charlie’s noo awa Safely oer the friendly main; Mony a heart will break in twa, Should he no come back again.   Will ye no come back again? Will ye no come back again? Better loed ye canna be…

The Futile Seat

Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi was busy selling India like a master salesman in the US this past week, he found time to host a G-4 summit with the leaders of Brazil, Germany and Japan. These…

Rajan’s Symphony No 0.5 in Alpha Major

“My name is Raghuram Rajan and I do what I do.” The words sure sound musical, as if imbued not just with defiance of an identity imposed, but also a subtle sense of humour in the old echoes they seem…