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After the Deluge

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Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi Movie Review

This is a sequel that has gone through a makeover by adding a second ‘Happy’ character to the first one played by Diana Penty. The film is set in China, and one idea that is repeated in the movie is…

Ecological Lessons

On August 10th, water released from the Cheruthoni dam of the Idukki Hydroelectric Project rushed down the Periyar river valley to Aluva town, 27 km from Kochi. Extremely heavy rainfall in the upper…

The River Never Forgets

Water is the leitmotif of Kerala. According to mythology, Kerala, a sliver sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and Western Ghats, was a gift from Varuna, the God of Water, to the warrior sage…

Horror and Heroism

In Kerala, most of us had often heard tales of the great flood of 1924 when the Periyar flooded in the month of July. But the story was as distant as a fairy tale. The idea of the river coming to…

After the Deluge

In Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, one of the worst affected regions in the biggest flood to hit the southern Indian state in almost a century, 72-year-old Chandrasekharan Achari died for want of…

Beyond Kashmir

WHEN PAKISTAN WAS created in 1947, its founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah publicly expressed the hope (and the expectation) that its relations with India would come to resemble those between Canada and the…

The Lost Magic of an Ironic Brand

THERE AREN’T MANY brand names that have made me go ‘Huh, what?’ at first brush. Videocon was one of them. Colour was new on the Indian idiot box, imagery was all set to outplay reality, Apple hadn’t…

Djoker to Enigma

FOR THE LAST couple of years, the most captivating storyline in tennis – in a perverse, fascinated-by-aircrash-investigations sort of way – was the fall of the once indestructible Novak Djokovic. The…

A Draconian Law in the Making

THERE IS SOMETHING peculiarly medieval to the expressions ‘sacrilege’ and ‘blasphemy’ and in an avowedly secular country, this is doubly so. Yet, that has not prevented Punjab’s cabinet from…

Trial By Fire for Smokers

ON SEPTEMBER 1ST, cigarette packets in India will have brand new horrific images of what tobacco can do to you. Earlier too, the photos that stared at smokers as they went for a cigarette were not…