• Why are people reading more?

    Why are people reading more?

    The book loving-luddite in me jumped with joy at the news that book sales, in print, are on the upswing

  • Giants of Asia in Silicon Valley

    Giants of Asia in Silicon Valley

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping have just made back to back visits to the United States

  • Second time round

    Second time round

    Do you enjoy seeing some movies twice or more often? I guess that’s a rhetoric question in a country where films — okay, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge — have been running for 20 years.

  • Damsels in distress

    Damsels in distress

    Last week, I spent three exceptional days in the heartland of Kerala, at the Dr Salim Ali Wildlife Sanctuary (Thattekadu), with 35 nature enthusiasts from across the country and one gent from the island country of Sri Lanka.

  • Gujju-Go-Round


    Some years ago, one went to watch a Gujarati comedy called Lage Raho Gujjubhai and found it disturbingly sexist and quite vulgar

  • Bye, bye Barbie

    “Beta, do you want a Barbie doll or a smartphone for your birthday?” an indulgent, sari-clad woman, asked her four-year-old niece

  • Water woes: A wake-up call for Mumbaikars

    “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water,” said W H Auden, one of the greatest poets of the 20th century

  • A for Alexandra, B for Babul

    I grew up in a home on Ramdas Nayak Marg, walking the paths around its adjacent streets Ramchandra Krishnaji Patkar Marg and Master Vinayak Marg.

  • I shot the Sheriff

    I shot the Sheriff

    Without exception, we all start each day with the belief that it will be the best. That we will give it our best.

  • Ageless Anji

    Ageless Anji

    Explaining the long life of a Hindi satirical comedy steeped in dated humour, but still going strong

  • News media and its ownership

    News media and its ownership

    The Economist is one of the rare examples of a good, editorially-driven media brand that is also profitable

  • Tightening the military belt

    Tightening the military belt

    For the past week, observers of China have been expecting Beijing to announce a series of reforms to drastically restructure and reshape the People’s Liberation Army

  • Mapping Mumbai and India

    Often, and especially in tourism, we’ve noticed how smaller Asian countries show the way in smart innovations and ideas that make you go ‘wow’

  • Ban bans for the sake of communal harmony

    Last week’s unsavoury developments, especially the row over ban of animal slaughter and sale of meat, and demand for renaming certain cities in Maharashtra, takes me back to my childhood days, when I had my first lesson in communal politics

  • Young critics' googlies

    Young critics' googlies

    I am very moved when senior journalists wish me on Teacher’s Day. Especially when it comes a few decades after they have passed out of class.

  • Walking on 1,000 legs

    Walking on 1,000 legs

    Increasing concretisation of housing colonies and commercial spaces has meant a hit for local biodiversity.

  • Message in a theatre

    Message in a theatre

    The weekend was spent watching two plays that had very different styles of passing on essential messages

  • Weave and wow in Mumbai

    A couple of months back, while on a visit to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, the new Textile Gallery left us speechless. And made us smile. Finally, a space to celebrate the countries rich and diverse weaving traditions.

  • Why only PWD? Take the broom to other agencies as well

    A corruption-free regime was one of the promises that the BJP had made to come to power in Maharashtra.

  • The disrespected cockroach

    The disrespected cockroach

    There were few things that scared me as a child — darkness and cockroaches were two of them. As I studied biology and later, had my first lessons in evolution, I realised that when cockroaches approach an area, the two factors they check are — how dark is it out there and the presence of other cockroaches. My juvenile fears found some scientific validity.