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Sridevi: Farewell, Our Chandni of Moonlit Romance

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Sridevi (1963 - 2018)

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‘Red Flags Suddenly Disappeared’

It was a fortnight to go before the election in Tripura. The taxis in Agartala had already been hired by political parties, mainly the BJP. Nokul Gup, a young autorickshaw driver, agreed to go down…

A Political Dawn in the Northeast

As expected the elections in Northeast India have panned out well for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In Tripura, the party has ousted the Communist Party of India (Marxist) that ruled the state…

Farewell, Our Chandni of Moonlit Romance

I HAVE ONE IMAGE ON the bedroom wall. It is a poster of Sridevi as Chandni, stretching her lovely figure in a white salwar kameez, encased in a pink rose with dewdrops. I have other posters of her,…

Jayendra Saraswati: The Saint Destigmatised

THE BRAHMOTSAVAM at the Kamakshi Ambal temple in Kanchipuram, renovated only last year, was underway when news of the Shankaracharya’s passing fell like a bomb from the sky, crumpling a mass of…

Paramount Leader 2.0

XI JINPING OF China is an ambitious leader and his drive to consolidate power within his country is reflective of Beijing’s global intentions and expansive agenda. It is therefore natural that the…

The Sky is the Limit

INDIAN DEFENCE CONTRACTS are notoriously slow moving or, more darkly, subject to charges of corruption. Either way, the main sufferers are the country’s armed forces that are have the task of…

Chidambaram Suffers from Sonstroke

ON THE MORNING of February 28th, India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Karti Chidambaram in Chennai soon after his return from a foreign visit. The son of former Finance Minister P…

Our Lady of Desire

SRIDEVI EPITOMISED A screen presence that could easily be compared to the daring and the outspokenness of Hollywood divas like Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Norma Shearer, who broke all…

Thank You for Being the One

IT WAS 1989 AND Chandni had just released. She was dressed in all pink and she wore what then seemed to me like a million bangles. Her braid was so much longer than mine, I thought. I was five and it…