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Over the past couple of months, a question had been doing the rounds of political circles – whether the ruling party, the BJP would with its national ally, the Shiv Sena in the municipal elections of the State. Ever since the elections in Maharashtra took place in 2014, the Shiv Sena, a part of the …

What about that time when I told my buddies about that ‘hot’ girl? Or when I saw some other guy say the same thing to me, perhaps throwing in a few cruder adjectives? Why didn’t I stop myself, and him, remembering that such statements are a disgrace to human dignity? Shame on me. What about …

The crowd at Marina Beach, incensed and in plenty, is indeed an overwhelming sight. The mind falls quiet and is found staring at a tremendous moment in history. On November 26, 1949, a gathering of the tallest individuals of that age assembled, with great solemnity, to adopt the Constitution of India. Years of treachery and …

I fail to recall a numbness as halting as this. A roster of the tallest icons of this age have risen and lapsed in my lifetime. Yet, as the sun sank to the cries of the barrel this evening, one could sense that it marked not the end of the day, but the closing of …

T.M. Krishna, Carnatic Musician December 2004: I was back home from boarding school for my first winter-break and Chennai was humming to an extraordinary rhythm. We were two weeks into ‘Margazhi Maasam’ and connoisseurs and the curious from across the world assembled to celebrate and cherish Carnatic music. The city’s pulse at this time is …

I had no clue who Burhan Wani was the day the noise broke out. The news was still fresh and I switched on the television to gather what was going on. The screen was split in two: a young man, about my age, was bearing a lethal weapon, grinning gleefully with his equally-armed comrades; the …

Image Courtesy: Musee des Beaux-Arts (Lyon, France) Colonialism, as we’ve understood it, was the domination of the ‘weaker’ by the ‘superior’. The aggressor panned out and descended on the aggrieved — a forceful takeover, one that was predominantly geographical. In today’s Brexit referendum, the world witnessed a new avatar of the colonial urge — one that …

On the (Sunday) morning of October 19, 2014, along with many of my colleagues, I reached a largish hotel room in Delhi. The room had been converted into a fully functional back-end support for a live TV show that was to air in less than 3 hours. I heard my name being called and walked …

This piece was written to mark the 376th ‘Madras Day’. 22nd August 2015: Madras Day One’s youth is a deeply formative period. Its climax is an entry into the ‘real world’ (whatever that means). As I enter this strange new place, I’m looking into myself, carefully, to develop an understanding. In the wilderness of creation, an …

Yesterday was the first time I wept at the death of a public personality. I kept asking myself what it was about Dr Kalam that shook me up this way. Being a sentimental chap, I would have grieved anyway at Dr Kalam’s death, but the grief came more readily, I thought, as the leader who …