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  • Blind Date. Amateur riding. Gay Soiree

    What month are you born in?” January. “Ah, you’re horny!” What ... I fume inwardly. Horny! The basest male element

  • We didn't start the fire (You've just stoked our ire)

    I hope all is well this Sunday morning. I’m happy that the Bengalis, the Malayalis and the Punjabis were able to celebrate Shubho Nobo Borsho, Vishu, and Baisakhi respectively without any incidents of violence

  • 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 Yakshi's solicitation

    My friends from Kerala have often regaled me with tales of Yakshis. The stories typically proceed like this

  • Net neutrality and national interest

    The ongoing debate on net neutrality reveals clashes of several public goals and interest groups

  • Monkey chatter over Rahul's ghar wapasi

    There was great excitement over Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s return to Delhi after having gone AWOL for the past two months

  • Wanted: Heritage watchdogs for Mumbai

    The writing is on the wall. Make that graffiti, actually. Look around, and these eyesores greet the eye at every nook and corner of our heritage structures, many of which constitute iconic landmarks of Mumbai, that make for a disturbing pattern

  • Why the Internet must be neutral

    Imagine that you are on a spanking new highway. You are stopped about 100 metres after paying Rs 150 as toll and asked to pay Rs 300 extra for driving at over 100 kilometres per hour in the fast lane

  • It's time for BMC to get off its high horse

    The Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) is still awaiting renewal, or any movement at all, on its 100-year lease of the Mahalaxmi Racecourse

  • Celebrating a Gandhian

    Last Friday saw us attend the 90th birthday celebrations of a very special man, the activist, philanthropist and Gandhian, Dr G G Parikh, who has devoted his entire life to the cause of empowering the poor and vulnerable

  • Becoming a leading power isn't easy

    Prime Minister Modi’s seven-day mission to France, Germany and Canada will have taken him to seven cities, covering several thousand kilometres and attending innumerable functions

  • We need a smarter approach to education

    Time and again, the nation has applauded the Right to Education (RTE) Act that ensures education as a fundamental right to children. Admirable as it is, however, the RTE Act can become powerless when supporting policies are missing

  • At home in Mumbai

    As a working woman in Mumbai in the mid-1980s, options of where to live if you were an out-of-towner were limited

  • With MHADA, there's no home sweet home

    The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) may be a government body, but if you were to judge from its actions alone, it is no better than a private builder

  • Racing's IPL moment

    "Getting ready for night racing at the Race Course in Bombay!! Exciting! Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19..." It was RWITC's silver-maned committee member and gaming tycoon, Jaydev Mody, sharing his excitement on a social networking site about the club's latest whoopee: races that started at 5 pm, went on to around 9.30 pm and left punters and other merry makers enough time to have dinner (and perhaps a bit of dancing) under the stars

  • Pakistan in the eye of the storm

    Last week, Pakistan’s parliament voted to remain neutral in the civil war in Yemen, angering Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Emirates.

  • Shunting ATS officers a bad idea

    The transfer of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Himanshu Roy in just one year shows the lack of seriousness on part of the state government in tackling terrorism.

  • Hat trick for Kant

    He's always been known as something of a wunderkind — a man who can distill the essence of a powerful message into a slogan that lasts forever; and so when Amitabh Kant, came up with the successful 'Make in India' tiger to roar out PM Modi's ambition of turning India into the world's manufacturing hub, no one was surprised

  • A wake up call for Mumbai

    Emperor Shah Jahan would have wept at what his labour of love has come to be. Buried inside the national news section of yesterday’s newspapers, we spotted a bit of news that added to a disturbing trend

  • Many more skeletons in MMRDA closet?

    Euphoric after the country’s first Monorail rolled out from a dusty Wadala depot to reach Chembur in February last year, several lakh Mumbaikars thronged the elevated facility for joyrides for days together