• Let's train to be better commuters

    The Railway budget announced yesterday, as expected, has evoked much debate, some dissension and expert analysis. It is the focus of discussion, only overshadowed of course, by the main budget to be presented tomorrow

  • To Cuba with Fry

    To Cuba with Fry

    Like everything else about him, Lalit Modi’s current trip to Cuba is king-size. Organised by his good friend, the legendary Sir David Tang, of such excellent ventures as the Shanghai Tang fashion label...

  • Weekes in the life of Windies cricket

    Weekes in the life of Windies cricket

    West Indian cricketers have the most fascinating of names Garfield St Aubrun Sobers, Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards and Anderson Montgomery Everton Roberts. All these got prefixed with the title Sir

  • Better to build a legacy than knock one down

    RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat began the week causing a huge controversy after he said there was a motive behind the service Mother Teresa provided to the poor to convert them to Christianity

  • Zubin and the gentleman's game

    Zubin and the gentleman's game

    Word comes in that internationally renowned conductor Zubin Mehta, one of Mumbai's most beloved sons, is going to be back in the city of his birth to perform two concerts with the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra, after which he will travel to Chennai and Delhi for two more

  • BMC can't see the forest for the trees

    BMC can't see the forest for the trees

    No matter who is in power in Maharashtra, Mumbai is just seen as a massive snatch and grab opportunity

  • Put a brake on road rage

    Recently, a drunk auto driver in Govandi jumped the queue and got into a fight with another auto driver who was awaiting his turn to take a passenger

  • Mehr's book deal

    Mehr's book deal

    She's been known for all the wrong reasons so far, namely as the third angle in the Tharoor-Pushkar triangle that ended in tragedy last year, so it must come as a relief for Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar that she has a signed a contract with the award-winning publisher Aleph for a forthcoming book

  • Eliza Doolittle: A century later

    Eliza Doolittle: A century later

    Pygmalion was a sculptor who carved a woman out of ivory, and so realistic was his creation that he fell in love with it

  • BMC's myopia is a road 'block' for city

    Paver blocks will soon be a thing of the past if current work is anything to go by. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has now decided to make the city completely free of paver blocks

  • It's not rocket science

    It's not rocket science

    And even as the country's biggest talking heads and policy wonks have put on their finest expressions of gravitas and are busy trying to give FinMin advice on his forthcoming budget to our mind the most valuable bon mots have emerged from the lips of our friend and former editor at Business Standard Dr Sanjaya Baru, whose book The Accidental Prime Minister till date is the most incisive look at the UPA's undoing

  • 24x7 is cool, but...

    So the hurrahs and the cheers haven’t stopped coming in from every quarter ever since the state chief minister and Mumbai’s commissioner of police gave their nods to keep certain pockets of the city open 24x7

  • The jury is still out on nightlife zones

    The proposal to have Mumbai’s nightlife back has revived the debate on the city’s socio-economic and political aspects

  • Mother Tongue Day

    Mother Tongue Day

    On February 21, the world celebrated International Mother Language Day. The UNESCO in 1999 marked the day in recognition of the demonstration where East Pakistani students sacrificed their lives for recognition of their native language, Bangla as one of two national languages

  • Associate teams need more ODI cricket

    Cricket needs to grow as a sport. It cannot afford to be just an Indian sub-continent driven sport. That is the reason this World Cup is so important to see where the world game is headed

  • Joyous nuptials

    Joyous nuptials

    Taking a cue from the Deoras themselves, the evening reception to celebrate the marriage of Hema and the late Congressman Murli Deora’s son Mukul, with Nitasha, daughter of Jyoti and Vikram Thapar, was a blend of the old and the young, the traditional and the trendy, the established and the edgy

  • The world this weak

    The world this weak

    What a fortnight it has been. I’ve been interviewing many a celebrity with my tough-talking microphone, a la Barkha Dutt

  • Single v/s Single Again

    Single v/s Single Again

    There is a critical difference between the single and the single again. No, not marriage or even divorce

  • Required, not righteous

    Required, not righteous

    A minister banned dance bars because it corrupts society. The same minister died of oral cancer, caused by gutkha and paan masala. Efforts are now being made to ban chewing of tobacco

  • Biennale, Dharavi ishtyle

    Biennale, Dharavi ishtyle

    Some months ago, I got a call from SNEHA, an organisation that works with maternal and adolescent health issues in Dharavi