COLUMNISTS NEWS

  • 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

  • Talking to Bill, schmoozing with Ben

    Talking to Bill, schmoozing with Ben

    Last year, when we had attended his talk with Bill Clinton, we recall congratulating our friend, the banker Uday Kotak, not only on his hitherto unknown moderating skills, but also on the excellent execution of the evening

  • Sharma vs Sharma on Saturday

    These are busy days for every news media editor. Whether it’s a newspaper, newsmagazine, news channel or news website, editors and editorial executives are up to their neck with work

  • The PMO files

    The PMO files

    All of you have probably heard of the law of unintended consequences

  • Can big names lift Indian football?

    Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly were just two of the more famous names amongst a host of other high-profile winning bidders for the Indian Super League of football

  • Oh Calcutta!

    Oh Calcutta!

    And so finally after two decades we went to Kolkata. We went, ostensibly to attend the “International Vine & Food Experience” curated by the acclaimed Sommelier Keith W Edgar and hosted by the Taj Bengal, but also because having lived in and loved the city when we’d been residents of it many years ago, we were curious to experience Kolkata first hand