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  • Grow up, India

    Grow up, India

    If Modi becomes the Time man of the year or Tendulkar is given a prize for sporting icon of the year we would exalt. Why are we so unhappy when the same people discuss issues we face as a nation?

  • Be Positive

    Be Positive

    Why do we believe the worst about ourselves and our government? Our problems will increase even more rapidly if we wallow in negativeness of the kind we see among those who are supposed to mould our minds

  • Let's make sure the aquarium doesn't 'tank'

    After a hiatus of a few months, Mumbai’s Taraporevala aquarium opened to the public

  • Majoritarianism in the name of cattle protection

    The National Commission of Cattle’s 2002 report would have gotten a deserving burial but for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s jubilant announcement on Monday, when the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Act received presidential assent

  • Why I fear for India's future

    Why I fear for India's future

    The news has been full of the remarks of Mukesh Singh, one of the convicted rapists in that horrific gang rape that happened that December night in Delhi in 2012

  • Don't dictate people's diets

    A wise person on the social media site, Twitter, said recently that India is a sovereign, socialist, peculiar, democratic republic. He was obviously punning on the word secular by replacing it with peculiar, but he had made an important point

  • The open-eyed dreamer

    The open-eyed dreamer

    "Ranbir Kapoor represents youth he is turning entrepreneur in sports and for his own company... and I think he dreams with his eyes open," said first-generation entrepreneur and UTV-founder Ronnie Screwvala, one of modern India's most extraordinary success stories, when we enquired why he chose the Bollywood heartthrob to do the honours of launching his book cover last week

  • India: Mooring in foreign shores?

    India: Mooring in foreign shores?

    In the second week of this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to visit Sri Lanka, Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles. This is another version of his South Asian neighbourhood diplomacy, only the neighbours here are long neglected oceanic ones

  • Mass awareness is a must, not politicisation

    The trouble with politicians entering into a mass movement is the inevitable politicisation of the issue

  • Exquisite musical evening

    Exquisite musical evening

    'This is what genteel Mumbai must have been like at the very tip of its pinnacle. Apartments as spacious as cruise liners, that recalled the sumptuous luxury of the city's early architectural era, filled with canvasses painted by Indian Masters, uniformed bearers pad-padding across deep Persians, bearing silver salvers, offering of bite-sized vegetarian treats as the city's establishment lost itself in the exquisite strains of a world class sitarist...'

  • The curious case of the BJP-Shiv Sena 'alliance'

    Maharashtra is no stranger to the politics of alliances, but the current government has taken ‘partnership’ to yet another level, thanks to the Shiv Sena’s posturing as a prime opposition party despite being in power with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

  • Lung power for Mumbai

    The first encounter was quite vivid. We were heading deeper into a forest – one that we never knew actually existed within our very own city. This was part of our school picnic to Chhota Kashmir

  • Trees still grow in Aarey!

    Trees still grow in Aarey!

    Do we need to teach educated humans the value of trees? Seems like we do, at least to the city planners, developers and those hungry to strip the Earth of its green cover that has been laid out systematically over centuries of meticulous ecological planning!

  • Boom or bust: Indian economy story

    Boom or bust: Indian economy story

    “The world is predicting that it’s India’s chance to fly,” said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday. Actually, the world has been saying this for years, just that Indians did not believe it

  • Let the rain wash off our indifference

    Mumbaikars are by and large conditioned to deal with change, no matter how sudden. And an unseasonal couple of days’ rain is nothing to the city’s residents, who merely use newspaper and carrier bags as makeshift protection, and run for cover

  • Media frenzy in Havana

    Media frenzy in Havana

    And word comes in that the magical mystery tour that Lalit Modi is currently on in Cuba, which we had reported about on these pages last week, has had a bit of a paparazzi problem

  • Beauty unleashed

    Beauty unleashed

    Indians are navel-gazers when it comes to cinema. We are devoted mainly to ourselves, our cinema, which is rich and varied enough.

  • Saviour versus oppressor

    Saviour versus oppressor

    Mother Teresa. For hundreds of thousands of people, the poorest of the poor, she is saviour.

  • Keeping our promise to the woods

    Keeping our promise to the woods

    Trees are beautiful.

  • Of Birdmen and Budapest Hotels

    Of Birdmen and Budapest Hotels

    I love the concept of the Academy Awards. Especially the films that make their way through the Odyssey-like journey to the Oscars.