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Kamal Haasan: A Star in Search of a Bigger Sky

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Will Kamal Haasan click?

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Kamal Haasan: A Star in Search of a Bigger Sky

AS AN EMERGING STAR, there were two things Kamal Haasan knew he had to get behind: being short and being a school dropout. A whipsmart actor roaming the theme park of the Tamil imagination, his…

Imran With a Magic Bat?

ONE DAY BACK in March 2012, I was serving as a panellist at an event at Columbia University on US-Pakistan relations. At the time, the bilateral relationship was struggling to recover from one of its…

Ideas of Poverty

IN MY LAST column, I mentioned ‘merit’ and ‘non- merit’ subsidies. Merit subsidies are defined as subsidies that benefit everyone. Elementary education and primary health are good examples. Non-merit…

Harley’s Angels Lite

IT IS GOING to be half a century next year since Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, long-haired and wild-eyed, straddled their Harley-Davidsons across the American landscape searching for freedom. Easy…

Men Who Don’t Learn

ON AUGUST 7TH, in the world of Malayali cinema, yet another chapter is about to open up where alpha males, because of their cluelessness about how the world has changed, will inflict further…

A Catch-4000000 Situation in Assam

SIGNED WITH MUCH fanfare in 1985, the Assam Accord promised to restore peace in the then turbulent state. For almost seven years, Assam had been gripped with violence as students, ordinary people and…

Mumbai Notebook

NEXT TO WHERE we live in the city’s south, Metro work (‘Mumbai is upgrading’) starts at 6 am. That’s by their clock, which, more often than not, has no relation to other time-pieces. The banging and…

Indraprastha

SPARE A THOUGHT for our much-maligned politicians, abusing whom has become a national pastime. In all probability, they deserve it too. But why gloss over the unscrupulous conduct of people in other…

Anti-Wealth Politics

SOVIET INDIA MADE a comeback when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was attacked for being pro-industrialist. The Prime Minister, on his part, refused to be dictated by the oldest morality of Indian…

Imran: The Inevitable

1982 ON A ROAD SOMEWHERE in Leeds, UK, driving with a friend, a song slowly filled up the fast- moving car. Silently, rapt, he listened to the song. For the rest of the journey, he played the song on…