Monday , 24 September 2018
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For Mallya, good times in a cell with a view

Karan Thapar I’ve never known Pertie to get so excited. Normally, he’s a placid, laid-back sort of chap. Even when the waiter at the Gymkhana Club poured chicken curry into his lap all he could bring himself to say was a gentle ‘Steady on, old chap’. Jeeves would have been proud of him. But this occasion was very different. “Do ... Read More »

Dealing with that cat smell

MANEKA GANDHI Recently, someone wrote to me from Mumbai saying they lived next to a person who kept cats in his flat. They complained about the smell. I sent a team to the gentleman’s flat, thinking that he was one of those people who piles on animals because he is mentally unsound and starves them to death while being a ... Read More »

The three who took on the Congress

Ramachandra Guha Three individuals passed away this month. All were politicians, although they belonged to three different parties. And to three different regions of India as well. One was a Hindi speaker, a second a Tamil, the third a Bengali. Two had successful careers outside politics; one as a writer, another as a barrister. One practised nepotism occasionally, a second ... Read More »

Goa’s misunderstood, unwanted prodigal sons and daughters

Frederick Noronha In past decades, we could forget about Goa’s out-of-sight (except for holidays) diaspora population and pretend they didn’t exist. In more recent times, cyberspace brings their issues home rather regularly. We learn about the court cases they face in the Gulf (for multiple fraud) or the UK (for falling for a paedophilia bait). Or their achievements which go ... Read More »

Conservation can reverse the decay in India’s cities

Mark Tully Having lived for more than 40 years in the South Delhi colony of Nizamuddin I feel great pride in the conservation of Humayun’s Tomb and its surroundings by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the Central Public Works Department. I take great pleasure ... Read More »

Where did Parsurama’s arrow fall ?

Tensing Rodrigues We have traditionally believed that it fell in Banavali in Salcete, Goa. And that the name of that village has been derived from that incident. You may shrug this off as a mere myth. Well a myth it is. But my intent today is far more than casting it aside as a myth. Banavaliis an ancient town in ... Read More »

Of the past and present

Avantika Mehta Amitabha Bagchi’s latest novel is a thoroughly Indian story. The two threads that run through this tale include the letters from a narcissistic author to his loved ones that details life in India in the 1970s and 80s, and the lives of the members of two north Indian families, of differing class and caste backgrounds, intertwined since post-1857. ... Read More »

Grave matters

Luis Dias A relative from Mumbai had once recounted this to me: her father had passed away suddenly and tragically, in the prime of his own life, while the children were extremely young. They grew up with a close bond to their parish church and members of the church youth group, and the parish priest knew the whole family extremely ... Read More »

Micromax YU launched in India

Prajyot Mainkar Micromax’s YU has officially launched the company’s latest budget smartphone YU ACE. The phone comes with 5.45-inch HD+ 2.5D curved glass display and has a resolution of 1440 pixels x 720 pixels. It has 1.5GHz Quad-core MediaTek 64-bit processor with PowerVR Rogue GE8100 GPU, and runs on Android v8.0 Oreo. The device has 2GB RAM and 16GB storage ... Read More »

Indian athletes end campaign with best showing in 40 years

AJAI MASAND Some of the best and most enduring moments were witnessed this week as Indian athletes, high on energy, gave it their all, as the six-day athletics programme at the Asian Games 2018 concluded with a strong message being sent out — that India was not willing to accept defeat anymore. The 4x400m women’s relay quartet was a bundle ... Read More »