High on the Holiday Index by Shashi Tharoor

High on the Holiday Index Shashi Tharoor I write these words on a long weekend holiday for Parliament. Tuesday is Ram Navami, so the Speaker has obligingly given us Monday off. But I do so with a twinge of guilt, because years ago, when serving at the United Nations, I had mischievously suggested that of […]

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india conquered

Review – India Conquered: Britain’s Raj & the Chaos of Empire by Jon Wilson

India Conquered: Britain’s Raj & the Chaos of Empire  by Jon Wilson Book Review by Zareer Masani Another history of the Raj invites comparison with its two most distinguished predecessors, Penderel Moon’s The British Conquest & Dominion of India (1989) and Lawrence James’ Raj: The Making & Unmaking of British India (1997). Both were sympathetic to […]

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mumbai notebook

Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker : 24th March 2017

The wealth of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation IT IS A truth universally acknowledged that the BMC is in want of good management. For the uninitiated, those initials once stood for the Bombay Municipal Corporation. But when the Shiv Sena, in its single biggest historical achievement, changed the city’s name to its Marathi original of Mumbai, shouldn’t […]

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‘But what about the railways …?’ ​​The myth of Britain’s gifts to India : Shashi Tharoor

Many modern apologists for British colonial rule in India no longer contest the basic facts of imperial exploitation and plunder, rapacity and loot, which are too deeply documented to be challengeable. Instead they offer a counter-argument: granted, the British took what they could for 200 years, but didn’t they also leave behind a great deal […]

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Viruji, Don’t Silence Gurmehar’s Idealism With Your Words by Shashi Tharoor

I am disappointed that my cricket hero Virender Sehwag chose to enter the wholly politicised debate over Gurmehar Kaur’s words by saying, “I didn’t score two triple centuries, my bat did.” Not everyone might agree with an idealist student’s comment: “Pakistan did not kill my father, war killed him.” We all know that “war” does […]

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la boheme

On Stage by Anil Dharker : March 2017

On Stage March 2017   The talking point last month was the Symphony Orchestra of India`s production of Puccini`s La Boheme. The first question was, “Why is SOI calling it La Boheme Revisted?” Opera buffs opined it was because the director was going to set the action in today`s times, and we would see bohemians of the […]

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We Want No Caesars by Shashi Tharoor

What Indian politicians can learn from Shakespeare’s play. THE 400TH ANNIVERSARY of the death of William Shakespeare has come and gone and was dutifully registered in our media with a slew of articles about his continued relevance (‘Shakespeare@400’, Open, April 20th 2016). I must confess I wrote one myself in one of our more popular […]

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Catch a shooting star by Kankana Basu

Catch a shooting star   If you proceed cautiously holding a man-sized kerchief in your hand You might chance upon the shooting star that fell behind the building that faces our house.   That derelict building with dim neon-lit rooms and tired laundry hanging on limp clotheslines stretching across dark smelly verandahs lined with old […]

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Only words…and far away. Jaipur Diary by Anil Dharker

Jaipur Diary January 30 2017 A local newspaper in Jaipur interviewed some of the bright young things thronging the packed central square at the event venue. “‘Festival dressing is the in thing’ “’ exclaims Juhi, a final year B.Com student at a city college. Everyone wants to look cool and fashionable and so do I.  […]

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too much


TOO MUCH WILL BE LOST IF WE DON’T SPEAK Muslim Women Lead the Way! Dr. Noorjehan Safia Niaz We as Muslims are going through very difficult times. There is Islamophobia on one hand and an increasingly dangerous and inhuman set of emergent Muslim groups on the other. Both are bent on destroying the Muslim community […]

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Short Story : Songs of the Ocean by Kankana Basu

Songs of the Ocean A maiden voyage for any new sailor is an unforgettable experience. In my case, I remember getting much more than I had bargained for. My husband’s merchant navy vessel- a seventy thousand ton oil tanker named M.T Jewel- was berthed off the coast of Spain, I was informed shortly after getting […]

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