• Political parties must campaign responsibly

    The campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections reached fever pitch this weekend, and understandably so

  • A nice man to know

    A nice man to know

    We spoke to our friend, the peripatetic Suhel Seth. He sounded chuffed about his tribute to his old mentor Khushwant Singh

  • All love lost for the Taj

    While World Heritage Day was celebrated globally on April 18, Agra’s residents seemed indifferent to the Taj city’s rich historical legacy.

  • R.I.P Knight In White Satin

    R.I.P Knight In White Satin

    Nandu Bhende passed away last week. I didn’t know him well. But his father, thespian Atmaram was a strong early influence.

  • Tea and diversity

    Tea and diversity

    Last week The Hindu newspaper allegedly issued a circular stating that employees could not carry non-vegetarian food into the common canteen, because it made the majority vegetarians feel uncomfortable.

  • The hijra legacy

    The hijra legacy

    The Supreme Court of India has finally recognised hijras as the third gender. This must be seen as a victory of ‘Indian culture’.

  • Much hate for the media

    Even though I didn’t find enough indicators of a mother-of-all-elections on the streets of Varanasi, speak to the average Banarasi and he or she would definitely have a view on the political sentiments of a majority of citizens

  • Narendra Modi and the Indian Media

    Narendra Modi and the Indian Media

    A recent tweet by a former editor of this newspaper, Abhijit Majumder, got me thinking about journalism, and what it has come to represent in an era of social media, the Internet, blogs and 24-hour television

  • Will Ajit Pawar's insensitivity end his career?

    A string of controversial comments has put the Deputy CM Ajit Pawar’s credibility on the line, with the future of his political career now at stake

  • What you see on TV is not what’s on the ground

    I am writing this from the temple town of Varanasi, or as I was told by a long-time resident: the land of learning and burning, the latter reference being because the city is the preferred destination of many to die, and attain moksha

  • Making money from music

    Making money from music

    More than 70 per cent of all music sales in India is film music. More than 100 per cent of all discussion around music in India is focussed on film music

  • Revere, respect heritage sites

    Tomorrow, Friday April 18, is World Heritage Day or International Day for sites and monuments

  • A date with Bulgari

    A date with Bulgari

    Three syllables that linked together conjure up a world of impossibly dazzling glamour, luxury and thrill

  • And the winner is...

    As I write this I must confess I am under a bit of a handicap as my cable network has yanked out the NDTV suite of channels from the Electronic Programming Guide (EPG), so I am forced to watch 24x7 via broadband

  • Flights of fancy

    Flights of fancy

    The recent article ‘RAW Fully Exposed’ (The News, April 12, 2014) by Air Marshal (retd) Khurshid Anwar Mirza of the PAF, naturally aroused curiosity not only about what had been written but also about the author. Mercifully for Google, I found some interesting details about the author

  • National film awards must reflect our nation

    Now that the 61st National Film awards for 2013 have been announced, the usual cheers and jeers are bound to follow. Like every year, there are some issues that the board seems to be grappling with

  • The Accidental bestseller

    The Accidental bestseller

    No one can be happier about Sanjaya Baru’s ‘Accidental Prime Minsiter’ becoming such a success more than his friends, amongst who we count ourselves

  • Why May 22, not May 16 is the Results Day for news channels

    Guess which result is going to be the most awaited by news channels across India? The elections results on May 16, of course

  • Swearing by patriarchy

    Swearing by patriarchy

    Abu Asim Azmi of the Samajwadi Party’s interview to this newspaper took us right back to the horrors of patriarchy that women and men have to face in the country

  • IPL mess won't be forgotten easily

    As the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League, cricket’s revolutionary star-studded 20 overs tourney begins today, the glitzy league opens with controversy throwing its long shadow over it