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Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker

Mumbai Notebook January 3, 2018 For the first column of January one should begin with best wishes for a happy new year. Unfortunately, 2018 has started on a sombre note. Just as 2017 was about to end, a fire broke out in a terrace restaurant in Kamala Mills Compound, and 14 party-goers, most of them […]

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On Stage by Anil Dharker

On Stage January 2018 An odd thought struck me when I went to Prithvi House in Juhu to bid farewell to the mortal remains of Shashi Kapoor: Here was the man universally regarded as Indian cinema`s handsomest star, but his sensibilities were so very different from Bollywood`s. In fact, in thought, and later in deed, […]

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Citizen Shambhulal Is the New Face of Hindutva by Shiv Visvanathan

The only way we can confront him is by rebuilding our democracy into one which protects the likes of Afrazul and Akhlaq. Shambhulal is the middle-class protagonist of Hindutva who destroys our secular dreams and our plural worlds. Credit: Bharath Joshi/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) On December 12, I read Syeda Hameed’s article in the Indian Express on Mohammed Afrazul and […]

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Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker

Mumbai Notebook December 18, 2017 How would I like to remember Shashi Kapoor? I was privileged to have him as a friend, and so saw him at many stages of his life. But as a friend, one can`t pick and choose – you see the best and the worst, and the moments in-between, but all […]

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Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker

Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker December 6, 2017   Almost a decade ago, a group of prominent citizens of Mumbai came to me and said, “Isn`t a literary festival in Mumbai a good idea?” Of course, I said, it`s something that must happen. I wasn`t prepared for the next question: “Will you set it up, […]

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And now time for ‘The Good Messenger’ by Keki Daruwalla

These days I long for a daily which just gives good news. I propose to start a daily and will be shortly writing to Mr Adani and the two Ambanis for financial support. Am thinking of calling the paper “The Good Messenger.” I have already dismissed the suggestion that we call it “Yes News”. Firstly, […]

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All the Harvey Weinsteins I’ve ever worked for – and why I kept quiet Meg Rosoff

  How did he get away with it? We have to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Why did everyone keep quiet for so long? We all kind of knew, didn’t we? Read the whole article at The Guardian.

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Kaleidoscope Results

WINNERS LIST What’s The Scene? Noyonika Goswami and Maschio D. Unnati Dholakia and Saksham Jain Shekhani Aishah and Christopher D.  Script Your Tales Tanay Kadel and Dhruv Verma Mitali Muralidhar and Tanvi Chamboowala Sujay Choksey and Niranjani Verekar, Akhilesh Kumar,  Vama Gor What Are Words Worth? Vishwambhar V. Rishabh Jain Reesha Jhangiani For Better Or […]

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Literature Live! 360 @ Campus : Story and Poetry Writing Contest Results

  LITERATURE LIVE! 36O@CAMPUS  STORY AND POETRY WRITING CONTEST RESULTS (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER BY LAST NAME)   STORY WINNERS KANIKA JAIN ANINTHITHA NATH SHIFA ZOYA POETRY WINNERS JINIYA CHATTOPADHYAY SAHIR AVIK D’SOUZA ROHITA RAJU    CONSOLATORY MENTIONS PREETHI (Story) TWINKLE KATARIA (Poetry)          FEMALES ONLY By KANIKA JAIN Bombings in London, stock markets falling in china, […]

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On Stage by Anil Dharker

On Stage : November 2017 by Anil Dharker A word one hears more and more often nowadays is ‘dystopian’. You come across it in book or film reviews: ’the writer`s/director`s dystopian vision of the world’ or ‘the book/film is set in a dystopian future’. Margaret Atwood`s hugely successful A Handmaid’s Tale (quickly made into an award-winning television […]

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The Presidential Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Ashwani Kumar

The Presidential Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Ashwani Kumar     There is an unconventional makeover of parliamentary democracy underway in India with PM-President Narendra Modi. Is Prime Minister Narendra Modi becoming more presidential? Three years into his five-year term is a good point to evaluate this transformation. Modi has arguably become India’s first Prime […]

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