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Indian Premier Lok Sabha

April 12, 2014


With all the hype and media coverage around the elections and the new IPL season, Baradwaj Rangan wakes up finding it difficult keeping the two events apart. My money’s on this. Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be our next Prime Minister. Narendra Modi will lead the Mumbai Indians to victory. Television cameras, meanwhile, will zoom towards […]

Power to the people

March 15, 2014


How to ensure that your politicians aren’t making empty promises? Baradwaj Rangan looks into an initiative manned by eight alumni from some of our brightest colleges, including the IITs and IIMs. Rajesh Malviya, a 42-year-old who runs an executive search firm in Mumbai, first heard of AskHOW India from his buddy and IIT classmate, Yogesh […]

Death of a way of life

May 5, 2013


The Hindu’s Kerala bureaus have been covering the malnutrition deaths in the tribal villages of Palakkad. Here, Baradwaj Rangan writes about life in one such village In the tribal village of Thekke Kadambara, the air is thick with the odour of goat droppings. The animals are everywhere – inside the houses, in sheds just outside […]

A century through the eyes of a city

March 19, 2013


A book as unusual as dates.sites: Project Cinema City: Bombay/Mumbai is best described through the words of Madhushree Datta, who came up with the concept and authored the text. “This volume presents a timeline of the city of Bombay/Mumbai in the 20th century, anchored to its most adored public institution – cinema.” The book, thus, “is divided […]

Waiting for cricket

February 3, 2012


Ambling around Adelaide, fingers fervently crossed at the prospect of slipping into the final test match at the Oval. The twenty-sixth of January, our Republic Day, is also Australia Day. The Advertiser, a newspaper whose name suggests an unblushing commitment to its priorities, asks its readers about their holiday plans. Tenille Aberle from Mawson Lakes […]

Happy new year

December 31, 2011


Buried in a bean bag in a cabana by a tropical poolside, eyes glazed with sleep, stray lines of sweat staining the back of the T-shirt, it’s a little difficult to comprehend the power of a cyclone that just left Chennai gasping for breath, with only periodic emails from home a reminder of papers that […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “The unqualified joys of lowbrow sensations”

December 30, 2011


The point of pop culture isn’t some imagined idea of quality – just a sense of throbbing with a common pulse. The last column of the year. Should I devote it to best-of lists? A more cohesive meditation on the cinema of a year that, at the end of this day, will vanish from the […]

Lights, Camera, Conversation… “The colossal cost of comments”

November 11, 2011


Everyone has the right to an opinion about your work. After all, they’ve paid a pretty price for the privilege. What gives me the right to criticise a movie, a book, a work of art, a snatch of music? Perhaps the word “criticise” is too severe, the pedant’s equivalent of a cane whistling down on […]

Scientific Indian

September 29, 2011


The director of IIT-Madras talks about playing the mridangam and pondering upon our country’s destiny even as he plays sheriff to a small town.

View from a Distance

September 10, 2011


Ten years later, Baradwaj Rangan looks back at the country he left, the country that seems, somehow, so different today. The morning two determined terrorists, within a span of twenty minutes, brought down a couple of skyscrapers and snapped America’s spine, I was beginning a day of work in a suburb of Chicago. There was […]