Sunday , 19 May 2019


Can Rafael Nadal rise from the ashes again?

ANINDYA DUTTA If you have seen The Godfather, one of the most iconic movies ever made, you will remember Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone, the scion of the Corleone clan, and Al Pacino as Michael Corleone, but you may not recall the name or the face of actor Abe Vigoda who acted as Salvatore Tessio. Vigoda’s is however a remarkable ... Read More »

What’s in a name?

Germans speaking English call Munchen Munich, Egyptians call Al-Qahirah Cairo, Russians refer to Moskva as Moscow whilst the Czechs say Prague for Praha. Indeed, this is also true of Paris, Rome, Naples, Florence and Egypt itself. In Arabic the country is Misr. However no Arab would use that name when speaking English. Karan Thapar What’s in a name? Unless I’m ... Read More »

Rumi’s poetic musings

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi For me, food is at the core of every religion because it signifies the most important commandment of the universe: thou shall not harm. People who eat meat cause vast amounts of suffering, not just to the animals but to the planet itself. You should know about Jalal al-Din Muhammad Balkhi known simply as Rumi, a 13th ... Read More »

Make noise about noise

Frederick Noronha Some weeks ago, I reached Mumbai on a Saturday. What struck me was the high level of noise along the main-street in Byculla, where I was temporarily staying. It seemed strange that even on a weekend, a city could be so noisy. But if I thought that was bad enough, guess how wrong I was! Soon later, I ... Read More »

Coerced into War

At first, recruitment for the war was voluntary, but by 1918, the World War 1 campaign was marked by coercion. Research for his book took Santanu Das to archives spread across seven countries in three continents. He met descendants of those who had been a part of the war and searched for anecdotes and memories within his own family Poulomi ... Read More »

A God In Exile: The Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Raghu Rai has assembled a range of the Dalai Lama’s photographs which has now turned into a compilation. “A God in Exile: The Fourteenth Dalai Lama” is a journey into the life of the Nobel Peace Prize winner through a series of photographs – all in shades of black and white. Indo Asian News Service It was in 1975 that ... Read More »

Guardians need a guard

Mark Tully There is a Latin quip, a short clever remark, which comes to my mind in the midst of all this turmoil over the relationship between the government and India’s other institutions – quis custodiet ipsos custodes – who will guard the guardians themselves? It is often quoted by philosophers discussing Socrates’ search for guardians who can hold power ... Read More »

The Bali story

TENSING RODRIGUES Today we celebrate a century – our quest for the answers to the question “who are we?” is hundred weeks old.  It is appropriate that we mark it with a folk story from an ancient Konkani community, the kumlbi (kullmbi or kunnbi). I have taken it from Khedekar’s Gova Kulmi, perhaps the most extensive and authentic source to ... Read More »

Diwali was cleaner, but was it as much fun?

Karan Thapar It was past five in the evening on Diwali when my landline started ringing. Though bright outside you could sense dusk was not far away. This is the twilight time when, in previous years, families would prepare for the fireworks they’d planned. I answered the phone to find an agitated Pertie on the other side. “Do you realise ... Read More »

Goa needs translations

Frederick Noronha Goa is a multi-lingual society, and it’s surprising that we still have so little translations happening here. Our younger generation, especially, is capable of working in multiple languages, so there is no reason why we can’t convert more knowledge or creativity from one tongue into another. Those who are already in the field of translations might argue that ... Read More »