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A century through the eyes of a city

March 19, 2013

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Chip-chip. Chopin. Chennai.

June 29, 2011

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An animation facility in the city pulls off its biggest project yet, at the behest of an Oscar-winning producer.

A Vote for Voting

April 13, 2011

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One day, just one day every few years, a cynic becomes a sentimentalist. It’s 8 am and there’s a hush over Besant Nagar – not a holiday hush, not the hush rising from the absence of traffic on roads as people go about the business of making a living and their uniformed children race to […]

An airy mini-essay…

December 30, 2010

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DEC 30, 2010 – The good people at Tehelka asked me (and three others) to pick a word — just a word — on which I could write a year-ender piece on. The airy mini-essay is here.

The Return of Dewar’s

July 10, 2010

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HIGH NOTES Dewar’s is back in India. And they’re going to tell you what whiskey goes best with Murg Makhani.

Of Plum Cake and Sugar Candy

December 24, 2004

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OF PLUM CAKE AND SUGAR CANDY DEC 24, 2004 – CHILDHOOD MEMORIES AREN”T ALWAYS THE MOST ACCURATE of things, so when I tell you the story of Jack-a-dandy here, it’s as I remember it from the days I first read it. (In other words, executors of the Jack-a-dandy estate – and they may well exist; […]