About N Madhavan

Narayanan Madhavan is a columnist and editor with HT Business, who has covered everything from economic reform, technology, politics and the Kargil war to Bollywood and cricket in a long journalistic career.

As the highlanders of the UK go off to vote
Us Indians too have a point to note
Independence gets a state – and is a state of mind
But when the light streams in, we are still half blind!

English is what we speak, albeit in an Indian way
Though we just last week, marked Hindi’s special day
The empire still lingers in our memories in avenues
And in the way our babus add up their revenues

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One’s got the deposits, but can’t return them
The other’s got loans but can’t repay them
One had an airline, long since sold
The other flew high too, now grounded and old [Read more]

We are Indians, we are like this only
We are saying this with confidence, certainly
Inglis is not for us, we will speak our own tongues
You see India is a rainbow with many, many rangs [Read more]

In the enchanted world of central Delhi
Whose denizens wax on prime-time telly
There’s an unwritten rule that the charmed follow:
“Sycophancy runs deep, but loyalties run shallow” [Read more]

She said she spoke English
But it sounded like gibberish
“Isn’t this all poppycock?”
I asked. She replied: “Jabberwock!” [Read more]