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Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker

MUMBAI NOTEBOOK By Anil Dharker Mumbai has a weighty problem. Her name is Eman. By now, of course, everyone who keeps up with news would know about Eman Ahmed Abdulati, the Egyptian woman who was the world`s heaviest at 500 kg. In just over three months at Saifee Hospital here, she`s lost the title and […]

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Judicial Overreach by Anil Dharker

JUDICIAL OVERREACH By Anil Dharker   For the first time ever, a river has been recognised as a living entity with the same legal rights as a human being. Last month,Te Awa Tupua, New Zealand`s third largest river, and long revered as an ancestor by the local Maori tribe, was given this status. A week […]

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On Stage by Anil Dharker

On Stage. May 2017. by Anil Dharker When is a black actor black? And when is a black actor not black? These questions arose out of my last On Stage column which was about Mozart and Salieri, as depicted in Peter Shaffer`s play Amadeus. A friend who is a real NCPA member (‘real’ as in someone who rarely […]

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The City and the Writer: In Mumbai with Chandrahas Choudhury By Nathalie Handal

The City and the Writer: In Mumbai with Chandrahas Choudhury By Nathalie Handal If each city is like a game of chess, the day when I have learned the rules, I shall finally possess my empire, even if I shall never succeed in knowing all the cities it contains. —Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Can you […]

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Britain’s Empire was a matter for pride, not guilt – as we Indians know by Zareer Masani

Britain’s Empire was a matter for pride, not guilt – as we Indians know by Zareer Masani The Queen’s 91st birthday, last Friday, was an opportunity to reflect upon her reign and to replay those famous photos of her returning in 1952 from what was then the Colony and Protectorate of Kenya to ascend the […]

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Gabriel García Márquez interviewed by Peter H. Stone

Gabriel García Márquez, The Art of Fiction No. 69 interviewed by Peter H. Stone Gabriel García Márquez was interviewed in his studio/office located just behind his house in San Angel Inn, an old and lovely section, full of the spectacularly colorful flowers of Mexico City. The studio is a short walk from the main house. A […]

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Mumbai Diary by Anil Dharker

Mumbai Diary by Anil Dharker Do other cities have famous landmarks, so famous that they are recognised even by the notoriously ignorant tribe of taxi drivers, yet do not actually exist? Mumbai had three: Kemp`s Corner, called that because the area had a famous medical outlet of that name; Kala Ghoda, because of an equestrian […]

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Book Review : Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra

Book Review :  Age of Anger: A History of the Present by Pankaj Mishra by Ashwani Kumar Age Of Anger is vintage Pankaj Mishra, the literary iconoclast. He is also a maverick political thinker—edgy, sly and idiosyncratic—weaving a kind of witchcraft with the wounded frankness of prose. Unlike usual masterpieces where genealogical archives are scrubbed […]

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The everyday as muse by Aparna Piramal Raje

Imagine being brought up in a two-storeyed house made of exposed concrete and brick. The living and dining areas are airy, double-height rooms with a bridge that runs across, connecting the two wings of the home, but more importantly, a bridge that plays the perfect escape route for hide-and-seek games. Light streams into the living […]

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Nawabs Nudes Noodles …. Nerves and Numbers by Ambi M G Parameswaran

  Nawabs Nudes Noodles …. Nerves and Numbers by Ambi M G Parameswaran  Circa 2000. My team walked into my room a little distraught. The idea they thought was a winner was shot down by the client. I consoled them and we brainstormed a bit about what direction to take. The incident vanished from my memory. […]

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OPEN ESSAY by Zareer Masani : Warren Hastings ‘Loved India a Little More Than His Own Country’.

Warren Hastings ‘Loved India a Little More Than His Own Country’.  OPEN ESSAY by Zareer Masani AS WE CELEBRATE 70 years of independence, is it time to acknowledge that it was the first British Governor- General who launched our cultural renaissance way back in the 1780s? Of all Britain’s imperial proconsuls, Warren Hastings was the […]

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