• I am from the Northeast but I am not Mowgli

    I am from the Northeast but I am not Mowgli

    Does the Rajdhani Express go to Assam?” I thought I had heard something wrong. When the question was repeated, I knew I heard it right

  • Getting into rural India

    Getting into rural India

    ‘Har Mushkil Ka Hal Akbar Birbal’ a comedy on Reliance Broadcast Network’s Big Magic is a huge favourite in the Hindi heartland of Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh

  • China shows its military strength

    China shows its military strength

    Earlier this month, this writer travelled to China as part of a media delegation invited by the All-China Journalists Association (ACJA)

  • Ex-Shiv Sena men itching to go back

    Certain characteristics make Shiv Sena men differ from members of other political parties they are not known for self-control and for hiding their traits

  • Blue lining

    “Mumbai seems to be the new Blue City,” remarked a friend, tongue firmly in cheek, on a recent visit to the city her first during the monsoon

  • Schools of cool

    Who can disagree? Nothing bonded young people more passionately than the World Cup

  • The importance of being a nobody

    The importance of being a nobody

    One of the most exciting experiences I had in Ladakh recently was going on the local heritage walk

  • True beauty lies within

    Beauty is something that every person is drawn to, many are even obsessed with it

  • Man, woman and other

    Man, woman and other

    Some years ago, Waman Kendre (now director of the National School of Drama) had directed a stunning stage production called Jaaneman, about the Hijada community

  • Tough days ahead for Chavan and Congress

    Intense speculations over CM Prithviraj Chavan’s ouster proved to be a damp squib, leaving his political detractors high and dry

  • Western Ghats calling!

    The rain gods are here. Finally. And they have brought joy and cheer to all quarters. A tiny yet important sector within the city that must also be breathing a sigh of relief are travel companies

  • Amit Shah as BJP chief: Modi sidestepping RSS?

    When LK Advani was dragged kicking and screaming from the post of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president in 2005 under orders from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a diplomatic cable from the US embassy in Delhi to Washington stated that the event "demonstrated the power of the RSS ... and will likely increase the party’s (the BJP’s) political decline”

  • Age was just a number with her

    The photograph used most often with her profile, was one of Zohra Sehgal sticking her tongue out, her sense of fun and irrepressible joie de vivre spilling out of her dancing eyes

  • Wanted - a budget full of sweet accidents

    Wanted - a budget full of sweet accidents

    It doesn’t take much to kick-start an entire industry. More than a dozen years ago, the Indian film industry was a basket case

  • How central planning has groomed China

    How central planning has groomed China

    Traveling to China is always a somewhat depressing experience for an Indian of my generation

  • Esplanade's glory days, and a certain Mr Watson

    Today, as passersby cross the dilapidated Esplanade Mansion at Kala Ghoda, they might probably be unaware that this long-forgotten landmark once played a huge part of India’s grand cinematic and cultural history, and remains a treasure as far as its architectural high points go

  • The case for single-party govt

    The clamour for going it alone in the assembly elections in the state in October is getting louder from both the ruling Congress-NCP and opposition BJP-Shiv Sena camps

  • The good, the bad and the adult

    The news was a real blast from the past. Reading about Eli Wallach dying at 98, my mind jumped back as I grinned myself silly

  • 'Ear-opener' in Ladakh

    'Ear-opener' in Ladakh

    Ladakh is such a different sensory experience — the landscapes, the architecture, the trees, the wind — it kicks the restart button for the senses

  • Remembrance of things past

    Remembrance of things past

    Two plays travelled from outside Mumbai last fortnight, which gave a little glimpse of what theatre practitioners elsewhere are thinking and how they are including contemporary social reality in their work

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