• Voices of torment

    Voices of torment

    When tragedy strikes, people usually need time to absorb the shock, to figure out what it means in their lives. Artists usually take longer to react to events and issues, to reflect, and sometimes provoke others to think and act on it collectively

  • Speak, for your lips are free

    Speak, for your lips are free

    Why does language exist? For functional communication? Or is there some daily worth in its beauty? Is it ‘best’ when most correct? Or it is language, as the linguistic historian Ganesh Devy has said “most beautiful when it is wrong, which is why poets work to break language.”

  • My name is Raahul

    My name is Raahul

    So with the stock market hitting new highs under Modiji and Jaitley saab, I decided to meet my investment manager

  • God as fiction

    God as fiction

    Recently a national library sent out an email in which my book, Sita: An illustrated retelling of the Ramayana, was listed under the fiction category. I was surprised and so I sent the following email to them

  • Apple's new vanity project

    Apple's new vanity project

    At an event earlier this week, Apple unveiled a slew of new products, including two new iPhones, a watch, and the remains of U2's career

  • Embrace new ideas, not red beacon

    In July this year, this paper had reported how former Mayor of Mumbai, Sunil Prabhu, violated traffic norms by parking his car on the footpath

  • We live in tragic yet fearful times

    We live in tragic yet fearful times

    The 13th anniversary of the devastating 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US came and went, largely unnoticed beyond the ritual ceremony to honour the memory of those who perished that day when four hijacked passenger aircraft were used as deadly missiles by al-Qaeda terrorists to hit high-profile targets like the twin World Trade Center towers in New York and the Pentagon

  • Mumbai: Tactical attention, strategic neglect

    Mumbai: Tactical attention, strategic neglect

    It’s all very well to say that Mumbai is the financial capital of the country and how it needs to be right up there with public infrastructure to qualify as a global city

  • Marking system needs re-evaluation

    Yesterday, this paper ran a front page report on how, nearly three months after the SSC (Senior Secondary Certificate) results were announced, a student learnt that he had stood second in the city, after he received his set of corrected marksheets

  • A consummate storyteller

    A consummate storyteller

    We have always known that there’s much more to Simi than what’s been seen on the silver screen or even on the idiot box

  • What's in a title? A lot of thought

    What's in a title? A lot of thought

    In a rare off-the-record moment in 2006, I asked Sachin Tendulkar when he would write his autobiography. There was nothing definite about his answer, but he said he was just starting to think about writing one

  • Government should keep housing affordable

    The Maharashtra government set up housing authorities MHADA and CIDCO with a view to provide affordable housing to the common man, at a time when even affording a shanty in Mumbai or its nearby suburbs has become a distant dream

  • Husain's lucky Ganeshas

    Husain's lucky Ganeshas

    Following the outrage over the removal of the Husain-painted Lord Ganesha canvas from the Marriott Hotel's 'Manifestations XI' exhibition, we were struck by the irony of the situation

  • Tragedy or victory, religion colours all

    Tragedy or victory, religion colours all

    How low we can sink is made clear from two disconnected events and reactions to them on social media: The first, the current devastating floods in Jammu and Kashmir and the second, tennis player Sania Mirza’s Mixed Doubles title at the US Open during the weekend

  • Remove illegal posters from city's walls

    Some time ago, this paper has stated that Mumbai would once again be festooned in political posters because the festive season is upon us

  • Look who's cooking!

    Look who's cooking!

    Spotted at the Gaggan Pop Up dinner at the Four Seasons on Monday night were new parents Imran Khan and wife Avantika, who are personal friends of the superstar chef, who appears to have taken Delhi by storm given the numerous laudatory posts on Twitter and Facebook from those who attended the dinners

  • Different alliances, similar tunes

    While elections to the state assembly are barely a month away, parties do not seem to be in a hurry to ensure that the long phase of uncertainty over alliances comes to an end

  • Palli palli in Korea

    Palli palli in Korea

    Travelling to countries that have witnessed partition and wars and managed to move on from that trauma is always an introspective experience. One ends up drawing parallels and experience a sameness of sorts

  • Give 'Charlies' enough time to train

    On Saturday, this paper had a front page report about how an all-women’s patrol squad is not able to discharge its duties because of the various problems and a weak base

  • Taking the devi's name in vain

    Taking the devi's name in vain

    Problems are so much easier to solve when you understand what causes them