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
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
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.
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.
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
“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
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
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.
In the mid-eighties Clive Lloyd and later Vivian Richards were captaining a world-beating West Indian team
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
The emergence of the Henderson-Brooks report during election season should have set the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons in India
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
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
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.
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
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
One couldn’t stop grinning...
The ongoing election schedule has probably witnessed the highest ever rebellions at the national as well as state level
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...
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?