• Fun with bloopers

    Fun with bloopers

    Readers of a Filmfare would remember a column called Readers Don’t Digest, in which people would write in with gaffes they spotted while watching movies

  • Mumbai needs better surveillance

    Yesterday, this paper carried a front-page report about a heist in SoBo’s swish Oberoi-Trident hotel, where three Rolex and three Panerai watches, worth Rs 36 lakh, were stolen from a display case in a vestibule connecting the Oberoi and Trident hotels

  • Rewriting his story

    Rewriting his story

    Whoever it is, he certainly has a sense of twisted literary humour. Yesterday when Manu Joseph, author (Serious Men and The Illicit Happiness of Other People) and columnist for the International New York Times, posted a wry comment on an online hoax, it elicited an expected share of chuckles

  • Community cool in Thane

    The sense of occasion was overwhelming. A scan of the crowds inside and around the church would make one imagine it was the build-up before Christmas or Easter mass

  • Time to forgive the past and thank the mayor

    She was booed when she shed all inhibitions to dance with her husband at a cultural event at her official residence

  • Shift in Kashmir stance or just UN posturing?

    Shift in Kashmir stance or just UN posturing?

    India made a sharp and strong case for itself last week at the UN when Pakistan raked up the Kashmir issue

  • Manohar could usher in a memorable era

    The negotiations are over, compromises made, and the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle is slotted tightly. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has a new president!

  • Cracker of a Lit fest

    Cracker of a Lit fest

    The centenary edition of the Khushwant Singh Lit fest, which unfolds this weekend and in which we are participating, appears to be a real cracker of a fest

  • Nemo's play station

    Nemo's play station

    Anant Chaturthi may be over, but the city is still worshipping Ganesha idols made by artisans from across the country as many communities keep idols up to 21 days

  • The missing ink

    The missing ink

    How wide people smiled to see you last week. A month-old bundle bravely swaddled in a huge theatre foyer, surely the youngest member of the audience

  • Remake in India

    Remake in India

    People say India is chaotic. Yet, what looks like chaos to some, is also an incredible diversity genuinely trying to accommodate different needs, journeys, approaches, contradictions

  • Staying in love

    Staying in love

    Now, this no one writes poetry about. Nor prose. No one sings about it. Not Madonna or Beyonce

  • Science and the Rishi

    Science and the Rishi

    A minister recently allegedly told scientists in the defence industry to be like rishis. He was referring to the story of sage Dadhichi who gave up his body so that his bones could be used to make the Vajra weapon for Indra, king of the gods

  • So much ban baaja!

    So much ban baaja!

    I was back in frenetic Mumbai after a trip out of the country. I got off the flight and took in a breath of the city’s familiar, polluted air

  • Listen to your heart, Mumbaikars

    Yesterday, on Gandhi Jayanti, this paper carried a piece about how a woman in labour was forced out of a taxi on her way to hospital by a heartless driver.

  • Needed: Mindset change on cleanliness

    Needed: Mindset change on cleanliness

    Governments, or, to be more accurate, politicians, love to pat themselves on the back while claiming success rather than let people judge their performance. Delivery in our country is not assessed by the masses, but by their masters.

  • Why are people reading more?

    Why are people reading more?

    The book loving-luddite in me jumped with joy at the news that book sales, in print, are on the upswing

  • We need reforms, not whimsical taxes

    The state government’s mid-term move to burden distressed people with additional taxes to raise money for drought-mitigating measures smacks of an insensitive approach to fiscal management

  • From Mehboob to Dior

    From Mehboob to Dior

    Come to think of it, most of our communication with Kangana Ranaut has taken place between Europe and Mumbai!

  • The Big Boys are playing

    The Big Boys are playing

    Syria and Iraq are no longer just a do-and-kill struggle being enacted by extreme radical Islamists in their brutal search for a Caliphate