• Dancing democracy

    Dancing democracy

    Among the many important days last week — May Day, Maharashtra Day— there was also, International Dance Day

  • Before our eyes

    Before our eyes

    I had the same tense discussion with two close friends in the same week

  • Paanch Saal Paro-normal

    Paanch Saal Paro-normal

    On April 18, 2010 I wrote my first-ever column of Paronormal Activity. I had great doubts about producing a weekly column

  • The beauty of net neutrality

    The beauty of net neutrality

    It’s that time of the month. Time to do one or all of these things: Sign the petition on net neutrality for India...

  • The context of choice

    The context of choice

    The word of the week, was, for better or for worse, choice

  • Think


    Rishi Kapoor was my first movie star crush, the first poster inside my cupboard. There was something light and fun about Rishi Kapoor on screen

  • Martyrs and mortals

    Martyrs and mortals

    If the dead can hear the living talk about them, I wonder what they’re thinking. You may have noticed how people often speak of the deceased as if they shared a very personal relationship

  • See See TV

    See See TV

    The Karnataka government issued an intriguing order earlier this month

  • My life as a man

    My life as a man

    Here’s a sheepish story. After college I really wanted my own place, for two reasons

  • Keeping our promise to the woods

    Keeping our promise to the woods

    Trees are beautiful.

  • Biennale, Dharavi ishtyle

    Biennale, Dharavi ishtyle

    Some months ago, I got a call from SNEHA, an organisation that works with maternal and adolescent health issues in Dharavi

  • Sorry sorry raat

    Sorry sorry raat

    Last week, I was reminded of a column I wrote in the early days of Paronormal Activity, titled ‘No Sorry Please, We're Indian’ (August 8, 2010), about RR Patil refusing to apologise for a traffic violation

  • Censoring the sangeet

    Censoring the sangeet

    When I came to know Ashoke Pandit has become a VIC (Very Important Censor) meri ankhen bhar aayeen

  • Pinstripes and checks, kings and commoners

    Pinstripes and checks, kings and commoners

    The first film to use the technique of parallel cutting, or cross-cutting, was DW Griffiths’ Birth of A Nation, made in 1915. Parallel cutting edits back and forth between two or more sets of events that occur simultaneously, in different locations, thereby showing how they impact each other, and are linked conceptually

  • Kissa Kainchi Ka

    Kissa Kainchi Ka

    It was quite sweet how happy some folks were when Arun Jaitley, said the other day, that the era of censorship was over, hai na?

  • The several sounds of silence

    The several sounds of silence

    Silence = Death, a resonant slogan from the 1990s, used by many political movements over time, encapsulates the essential nature of much political activism and protest, no matter what the political complexion

  • The potty party

    The potty party

    Good morning everybody. Happy New Year ji. And now that we’re done with the small talk I must ask you an important question

  • In sickness and in wealth

    In sickness and in wealth

    It seems fitting that Christmas is jostling for presence with the newly-devised Good Governance Day. I don’t make this remark in the light of the (rather improverished) debate on communalism

  • Holiday homework

    Holiday homework

    I’m one of those kids who did not do too well in essay writing competitions. I did not win a year’s subscription to Children’s World where my prize-winning photo with Shankar was printed with my prize winning essay on ‘Children are the Future of the Nation’ (never mind if you’re under 30, you don’t have to get every reference in the world).

  • Something like a war

    Something like a war

    When there are wars, rapes are common. The foot soldiers of conquering armies, brutalised by war, rape women in the wake of conquest, and burn the houses of villagers

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