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The Fatal Charm of Death

Death is like an Indian arranged marriage. Anybody or anything born has to die. It is inevitable. Both Nachiketa and Lazarus came back from the World of the Dead, only to reiterate Death's own…

Freedom of Speech

THERE WAS SOMETHING about former President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to the headquarters of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Nagpur on June 7th that observers could not get enough of. It is…

Lonely

EVERY MAN IS an island, she says, paraphrasing John Donne. She is a software engineer, and lives with her husband of six years in a ninth-floor apartment in Gurugram. In the morning, there is no time…

Guardians of the Trump-Kim Summit

AS GORKHA SOLDIERS stood guard away from the spotlight during the summit held in Singapore between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Lieutenant General Shokin Chauhan’s…

Open Diary

A FEW MONTHS AGO, the student body of a famous British university wrote asking whether I would be interested in participating in a debate on the legacy of Winston Churchill. The question posed was:…

Robert De Niro: Raging Bull

THE FIRST RECORDED instance of the word ‘fuck’ in the English language, it appears, occurred sometime in 1528. It had occurred twice before, at least in other languages—hidden encoded in a 1500…

Prisoners of History

EVERYONE IS allowed a political ideology, but a little bit of common sense must accompany it. Otherwise what awaits is the fate of Atul Kochhar, a chef based in the United Arab Emirates, who fell…

Market Myopia

FOR A WHILE, it looked as if India would be left out of the great global squabble over world trade. But then, there’s always US President Donald Trump to count on. In his latest spectacle of spite,…

Let there Be Peace in Trump’s Kimdom

‘BUT ’TWAS A famous victory.’ It had to be. Both participants desperately needed it. Donald Trump had to show some success somewhere. As for the 34-year-old Kim Jong Un, he craved fiercely to…

In God We Mistrust

ON QUILA ROAD in the Bir area of Beed in central Maharashtra, a number of star-and- crescent flags on electricity poles flutter in the morning wind as burkha-clad women walk past, chaperoning their…