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Game Over Movie Review

Tattoos play a big part in this thriller. The compulsive gamer in this film, Swapna (Taapsee Pannu) has had a ‘joystick’ tattooed on to her wrist; as you might for your first love. However, after…

The Growing Irrelevance of the Opposition

One of the instructions that senior Congress leader and former Defence Minister AK Antony reportedly made to a junior colleague at an informal ‘core group’ meeting of the party in the national…

Mumbai Notebook

THERE ARE MANY images of Girish Karnad that stay in the mind. One of the most memorable shows him seated with a placard around his neck that says ‘Me Too/ Urban Naxal’. He was at an event to mark the…

Yuvraj Singh: True Grit

TO GAUGE A CRICKETER’S worth the first—and often the final— port of call is their career stats. Here are Yuvraj Singh’s: 304 ODIs, 8,701 runs, 14 centuries at an average of 36.55; 40 Tests, a paltry…

In Defence of Offence

AT THEIR HEARTS, the ultimate ambition of politicians, even successful ones who manage to get to power, is to be a king not subject to restraints like a constitution. Usually the clever politician…

Goodbye to Paper

Soon after he took over in 2014 Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced biometric attendance for employees in all ministries. In 2019, after becoming Prime Minister again, he has given another…

A South Asian Summer in London

JUNE IS THE time of the annual migration of Delhi and Mumbai elites to London and it’s the time for Indian literature and film festivals. I’m looking forward to catching up with literary friends at…

Reinforcing the Steel Frame

THERE WAS A time when civil servants in India dispensed justice on horseback, and effectively at that. From ‘settling’ land revenue to writing ‘famine codes’, virtually everything an administrator…

Indraprastha

WHAT A PITY Modi’s writ does not extend to monkeys. These simians who come raiding in groups and come at all odd hours but, mercifully, almost always in daylight, are in urgent need of some minimum…

BJP’s Dharmic Duty

THE BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY’S (BJP) stupendous victory in the Lok Sabha election comes at a time when India finds itself at a crossroad. The growing expectations of its citizens and intensifying great…