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  • The World Cup match Raju won

    The World Cup match Raju won

    At the heart of my cricket interest were two magazines that my father brought home in the late 1970s

  • Secular row: Govt sending out wrong signals

    The government has a lot to explain as to why its Republic Day advertisement used an image of the Preamble of the Indian Constitution without the words “socialist” and “secular”

  • An evening of beauty and grace

    An evening of beauty and grace

    Once in a while, Mumbai surprises. Take Tuesday evening when leading medical cosmetologist and the founder of the Blush chain of skincare clinics, Dr Jamuna Pai, celebrated 20 years of being a pioneer in the beauty industry, with the release of her debut book No One Has To Know The Ultimate Skin Care And Anti Ageing Guide (Collins) at a glittering ceremony at the Taj's Lands End in Bandra

  • The forgotten meaning of Republic Day

    The forgotten meaning of Republic Day

    Yes, it was India’s 66th Republic Day on Monday. And yes, it is true that parades are a bit dated, 20th century commie-fascist thingies

  • The gentle rebel's legacy cannot die

    Cartoonist RK Laxman was one of India’s finest post-Independence institutions, easily the best of his generation, and the next

  • Make space for Mumbai's kids

    We can hear the hurrahs and ‘Ayes’ from mid-day’s young readers (and their parents too), as we write this column.

  • Why is Uddhav Thackeray so angry?

    In politics and chess, the opening — a combination of initial moves players make — impacts the middle game and endgame.

  • Pakistan's ban-ter with snakes in the backyard

    Pakistan's ban-ter with snakes in the backyard

    Nope, there was no ban. They came up with some convoluted statement to pull wool over the eyes of their permanent funders, read America, but Pakistan fooled only rosy-spectacled candle-walas into believing that they had actually banned the Jamaat-ud-Dawa.

  • City cricket revival needs more than just panels

    Ostensibly, Mumbai Cricket Association president Sharad Pawar’s reaction to the Mumbai Ranji Trophy team’s disappointing performance came in the form of the re-introduction of the Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC).

  • Prime Sobo savoir-faire

    Prime Sobo savoir-faire

    Once in a while, Sobo demonstrates its savoir-faire in small but significant ways, as it did over the weekend at the wedding of Raoul Verma and the lovely Maya Parikh, the progeny of prominent Sobo families

  • When did we lose 'honest'?

    When did we lose 'honest'?

    My neighbourhood video store is shutting shop. “Why Shaileshbhai, what’s the problem?” “Sir, the pirated market is doing ‘bharpoor’ business

  • Kissa Kainchi Ka

    Kissa Kainchi Ka

    It was quite sweet how happy some folks were when Arun Jaitley, said the other day, that the era of censorship was over, hai na?

  • The gradation of abuse, and love

    The gradation of abuse, and love

    In the Mahabharata, Draupadi is determined to wash her hair with the blood of Dushasana, for though brother-in-law he has treated her with savage disrespect by dragging her by her hair to the gambling hall

  • Fresh Meat

    Fresh Meat

    Only a woman can nonchalantly label herself what a man would be loath to admit, said the advertising old hand. You can talk to these ad-men they’ve got perspective

  • History and tea at table No. 4

    History and tea at table No. 4

    Imagine the supreme law of the land written quietly in a small cafe hugging the corner of Rampart Row. That’s just what happened long before Kala Ghoda became the city’s tony art and eateries district

  • Give classical music the respect it deserves

    Perhaps one of the best things about this season is that the city plays host to a number of classical Indian music concerts, both outdoors and indoors, with the country’s top artistes playing for aficionados and those wet-behind-the-ears about classical music, alike

  • Dismantle Soviet-era Censor Board

    Dismantle Soviet-era Censor Board

    The Central Board of Film Certification, popularly known as ‘Censor Board’, has often been in the news for the wrong reasons

  • Dream girl's bolly-wolly whirl

    Dream girl's bolly-wolly whirl

    A tongue-in-cheek letter to Bollywood actor Hema Malini, who is telling people to book flats in a housing project called Wollywood, promising them a Bollywood style lifestyle, in a village with sporadic electricity, water and skeletal medical facilities...

  • Fifty shades of freedom

    Fifty shades of freedom

    It is all mixed up. The Hindu right-wing wanted PK banned because they reckon it hurts Hindu sentiments

  • Conflict of interest deserved to be hit for six

    The Supreme Court may have not pronounced clear punishments to those who brought disrepute to the game of cricket through their various actions in the Indian Premier League