• Celebrate the local

    A couple of years ago, as one was discussing possible getaways for mid-day’s travel section, with a colleague, it came as a shock that she, a Mumbaiite, wasn’t aware of the existence of the Matheran hill railway

  • Manmohanomics and its decline

    In the twilight of his 23-year old long political career, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, once hailed as the saviour of national economy (remember the 90s?) must be quite relieved that he has reached the end of this long, twisted and treacherous road that Indian politics has taken him through

  • What does Cannes want?

    It’s that time of the year, when the Indian film industry gets jittery, as the Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25, 2014) is round the corner.

  • Will the Rupee rise in May?

    Will the Rupee rise in May?

    Last May, after the US Federal Reserve first announced a likely roadmap for Quantitative Easing (QE) taper, Morgan Stanley labelled India as a “fragile five” club member with other emerging economies such as Turkey, South Africa, Brazil and Indonesia.

  • A kind of madness

    A kind of madness

    Mumbai University’s Academy of Theatre Arts has been doing good work (with a minimum of fuss) at its verdant Kalina campus. Waman Kendre moved to head the National School of Drama in Delhi, handing over charge to well-known Shafaat Khan, who was on the faculty for years

  • When bookstores shut down

    “It will be open for some time still, ma’am; don’t worry,” the familiar-looking cashier smiled, half-heartedly, trying his best to sound reassuring as he billed my pile of books

  • This should be India's most free and fair election

    Imagine a scene in which an election observer is holding a meeting of traders’ bodies from a constituency, asking them to report large-scale purchases of gifts or particular items to him, as those could be used to lure voters

  • Onward robotic soldiers

    Picture this: Robots braving bullets while ferrying weapons and ammunition to soldiers on the battle front. Or, a robotic arm resembling the human variety that can work in hazardous areas like blast furnaces. 

  • The shortening content cycles

    The shortening content cycles

    In the mid-eighties Clive Lloyd and later Vivian Richards were captaining a world-beating West Indian team

  • Take a bow

    March 27 was celebrated as World Theatre Day. And as expected, PR machinery swung into action offering all kinds of suggestions for presswallahs to feature the day in their publications

  • Make Nehru's role in 1962 war known

    Make Nehru's role in 1962 war known

    The emergence of the Henderson-Brooks report during election season should have set the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons in India

  • The many moods of the maverick Mr Pawar

    Even his bitter critics and staunch rivals admire the political acumen of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who has been in electoral politics for the past 47 years

  • Love in translation

    Love in translation

    Did you know that when a Maharashtrian wants to say, ‘I love you’, he says, ‘ekshe trechalees’? I had no idea. Of the many unromantic ways of letting a girl know you love her, this mathematical mouthful-143 — struck me as a particularly bus-numbery approach to love

  • Is Modi rattled by AK-49?

    Is Modi rattled by AK-49?

    N arendra Modi’s rather unusually harsh criticism of Arvind Kejriwal can raise the question whether the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate has been unnerved by the challenge posed by the Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader in the contest for the Varanasi seat.

  • First-time jitters

    There is always something uncannily exciting about first times, whether it is something as unpleasant as your first drive alone (which found me, fraught with nerves, just about managing to start the car correctly) or something as pleasant as your first social, dressed up in an glamorous lace dress which two years later, looks similar to a costume out of Sound of Music with its misplaced ruffles

  • Changing the world

    Changing the world

    Nobody is naïve enough to believe that theatre (or cinema) can bring about social change, but the performing arts still remains the most potent means to express the need for change

  • Flavour of the season

    One couldn’t stop grinning...

  • Rebels, quirky tie-ups make LS polls interesting

    The ongoing election schedule has probably witnessed the highest ever rebellions at the national as well as state level

  • Smile, spine and then some

    So we’re done with another Women’s Day. Media madness spoiled us silly: ‘Motherhood is sexy, treat yourself.’ To pricey spa hours, to smoky make-up flashed around in a selfie, to a meal splurge at a chic cafe...

  • Will they turn the tide this election?

    IS the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi riding a wave in the ongoing election campaign for the 16th Lok Sabha? Or is this entire hullabaloo just media hype, orchestrated or otherwise?