• Between the lines

    Back in the early 2000s, Chetan Bhagat struck it big when he introduced the Indian reader to the delights of Hinglish

  • In the Congress, it's loyalists vs ex-Sainik

    Mumbai has always played a crucial role in the shaping of major political parties

  • All eyes on Bihar

    All eyes on Bihar

    Bihar Assembly elections are due in a few months from now so its raining Bihari jokes, and many of them are being cracked by Bihar bhaiyas themselves!

  • Being silent: A lesson for Salman Khan

    After tweeting that Yakub Memon should not be hanged for what Salman Khan says his brother Tiger Memon has done, the actor has retracted his comment and apologised

  • Queenie all aglow

    Queenie all aglow

    Less than a month ago when we'd visited her at her well-appointed mid town apartment for the birthday bash she'd thrown for gal pal Rhea Pillai, we'd noticed a distinct change in Queenie Singh

  • Where eagles soar

    Where eagles soar

    These are among a total 18 medallions, representing human virtues, carved in dark shisham on three teak doors leading into the little chapel of St Xavier’s College. Sitting at a pew a quarter century after leaving the alma mater, I remain awed

  • It's moth week!

    It's moth week!

    Two decades ago, the idea of celebrating a moth week would’ve sounded absurd to me

  • You are not alone

    You are not alone

    It may come as a shock to a few and evoke vehement denial by others, but the truth is, companionship brings us most happiness

  • My pal, Teesta Setalwad

    My pal, Teesta Setalwad

    Teesta Setalwad is my friend. Well, was my friend, is my friend, whatever the past continuous terminology is for someone you’ve always been fond of, but have lost touch with over the years, after college

  • Telling stories

    Telling stories

    Many of us know the story of Ahalya, beautiful and virtuous, wife of Gautama rishi, from the Ramayana. Indra, driven by lust for her, impersonates Gautama to seduce her

  • Argument as cognitive violence

    Argument as cognitive violence

    Why do people argue? I believe the roots of argument can be located in monotheism

  • This column took a coffee break

    This column took a coffee break

    Today is column deadline day and I haven’t been able to think of any ideas.

  • Skin donation: An issue that should fire us up

    There have been a spate of fires in Mumbai recently, the latest being a blaze at Linking Road, Bandra, where fortunately there were no injuries or fatalities. However, the fires bring into focus one vital aspect — skin donation.

  • The way we were then

    A couple of days ago I read a scintillating article by poet-writer-filmmaker Pritish Nandy.

  • Why the BBC matters

    Why the BBC matters

    It doesn’t matter how robust a democracy is, how free its society is most governments fear, maybe even dislike free media, and more so if it is funded by the taxpayer

  • Cabbies can't cry 'un-fare' now

    After resisting cab aggregators like Uber and Ola, Mumbai taxi unions have realised there is a better way to attract customers than holding them to ransom

  • Go-to fest for women empowerment

    Go-to fest for women empowerment

    Is India the rape capital of the world? Are Indian working mothers subjected to harsher conditions than their counterparts abroad? How much reportage on gender crimes is too much?

  • Is India ready for the long race in Iran?

    Is India ready for the long race in Iran?

    The deal is done but there are intricacies, pitfalls, and interpretations that experts will keep talking about

  • Sarfaraz's departure must sting MCA

    Mumbai was ‘the’ cricket team to be in for cricketers before the turn of the millennium

  • The quintessential hospitality man

    The quintessential hospitality man

    Friends of Farhat Jamal who thought they’d lost him to Delhi and the Shangri-La, will be happy to hear that not only is the dapper hotelier returning to Mumbai, but is returning to the Taj Group as senior vice-president (operations), responsible for Western India and Africa