It was last week, February 16 to be precise when I was invited to the at home function organized by the Delhi Police Commissioner Yudhbir Singh Dadwal to mark the police raising day. I have been to similar functions many times in the past too but what was unique about this day was that the at home was arranged at the Delhi Police Gazetted Officers mess, once the official residence of Police Chiefs and now a heritage building located on Alipur Road (now Sham Nath Marg). Read more
Slumdog Millionaire will go down in history as the one film which has taken India on the centre stage of world cinema like no other movie has done so far. It is true that there have been many good films that have come out of India and there have been some truly great filmmakers whose contribution to the world of cinema is second to none but one has to acknowledge the role this particular film has played in drawing attention to the immense talent that is available in this country. In a way it has opened windows of opportunity for some of our gifted actors and technicians and other creative people to get on to the world platform and work on a bigger canvas. Read more
Hindustan Times has always been Delhi’s number one newspaper. It is also perhaps the only newspaper amongst the top dailies of the country that was associated with India’s freedom struggle. This particular fact makes this paper very unique in every sense of the word. Read more
The Hindustan Times has produced many top journalists and a lot of top journalists have been associated with the capital’s number one newspaper. But there has been no one like Chand Joshi whose name had become synonymous with this newspaper. He had more talent in him than many of his contemporaries. His wit, repartee and writing style were his assets though heavy drinking and trade union activities perhaps prevented him from achieving his full potential. Read more
One particular murder case, which I covered as a young crime reporter in the early eighties, continues to haunt me till this day. In my view the murder had been solved by the Delhi police but for some curious reason was subsequently consigned to the unsolved cases file where it must be gathering dust even now.
My reference is to the killing of Constable Tejpal Singh who was posted as a security guard at the Ashoka Road residence of then Union Minister Bhagwat Jha Azad on January 25, 1981. Read more
Not many people know that Delhi College (now known as Zakir Hussain College) is the oldest educational institution in the capital and perhaps in North India. Having started as a Madrasa in the eighteenth century, this unique institution has survived many troubled periods in Delhi’s history and has always come out victorious. For many who are of the view that St Stephens, one of the best colleges in the country is the oldest in Delhi, this must be news. Read more
Anyone who was born in Delhi or has grown up here in the last 45 to 50 years or more is familiar with one name—Moti Mahal—when it comes to North Indian cuisine. Most Delhiites know the name Moti Mahal since there are so many franchises all over the capital but for me and many others like me, there was just one–the Moti Mahal, which functioned from Darya Ganj (not the one which functions from there now). Read more