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Myth versus Reality

Recently, the chief minister of Tripura said that India had internet in the times of the Mahabharata. Possible? Anything is possible. Probable? Highly improbable and unlikely. Indian literature has…

Kaala Movie Review

‘Kaala' combines the politics of land and the illusionary politics of an actor to give you a movie that ends up bi-polar. Tamil identity outside the state has been the subject of Rajnikanth’s last…

Putin’s Footie and El Diego

The map was torn apart by history. Russia is on the mind, again. In another time, when Russia ruled the imagination, it hurtled across the pages as Gogol’s troika, a violent leap into the future.…

Change the Chamber Music

WHAT IS THE Rajya Sabha and why do we have it? This debate keeps surfacing once in a while, with strong views put forward on either side. It is not a new debate. The Constituent Assembly debated it…

The Last Glory

IN 1992 I spent a month having the traditional foreign journalist’s experience of confusion while getting lost around Moscow. The city’s size, greyness and filth were reminiscent of South London…

Two Stars and a Constellation

THE FIFA World Cup in Russia is not going to be about Russia, its politics or its national team, Sbornaya—or, for that matter Vladimir Putin—once this edition begins on June 14th (6 pm Moscow…

Hay Notebook

THE SUN RARELY shines on Hay. I know that’s a poor pun, but the literary festival’s name lends itself to such wordplay, besides which the weather often plays spoilsport. Not that it deters the crowds…

Big Bear Hug

WITH THE WORLD Cup kicking off in a week, political tensions between Russia and the West seem to be at their worst in decades. However, ordinary Russians are hopeful that if all goes well the…

Indraprastha

AN INTERESTING BATTLE seems to be on the cards for the control of the Delhi and District Cricket Association. ( Why they still persist with the colonial name baffles me. Why not simply make it Delhi…

Golden Feet

Group A Mo Salah, Egypt   Until the season gone by began, Salah was a nobody in the larger scheme of things. He was a Chelsea reject and had been sold by Roma to Liverpool—where he would go on to…