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.

Latte? Cappuccino? Espresso? Which brew?
Which is the Coffee that is Coffee true?
If Coffee is God, we know it by many names
If I switch my aroma, what is the game? [Read more]

He won’t cut the rates, just cos they want to
He’ll keep his bat straight and play the ball true
Mr. Rajan is a copybook governor, if you please
He won’t play that shot, just cos they tease

The wielders of power in exalted Delhi
and the dubious experts who people the telly
shed copious tears for the economy to rebound
And proffer him the advice they claim is very sound

But no, sir, no, sir — the chief of the RBI
(unlike some counterparts in the CBI)
is not known to bend to please the powers-that-be
He’ll wait for the ball to be where it should be.

Inflation, you see, is not your growing hair
You can’t cut it at will, you’ve got to show some care
So the governor makes sure he sees the right data
He won’t do a random act to please a clueless neta!

For prices hit the poor, tilt the balance askew
Inflation hurts exports — if only those experts knew!
This is a special monster that creeps up like a flood
The guv learnt his stuff at IMF — he ain’t no half-baked dud!

The economy’s more than the chambers of commerce
One man’s blessing could be another man’s curse
So the governor with a famously good-looking face
Says what he knows and knows that he says.

We win the World Cup, and send rockets to Mars

We talk of bullet trains and we ride luxury cars

We’ve come a long way, we have come truly far

But then comes some news that shows warts and scars
[Read more]

He did start a questionable dynasty
But that ain’t no reason to go all-nasty
Some of what you hear’s right and some half-true
There are many shades to Jawaharlal Nehru [Read more]

Whenever the lofty critic slams a movie

The director is upset but still feels groovy

This is the strange way of our Bollywood

When critics say “bad”, fans go “jolly good”

There is thing about Rupees One Hundred Crore

When a movie rakes it, it is not a big bore

You see the well-heeled media is not an example

They are smart and sharp but not a good sample

It is the Great Unwashed that must approve the flick

And our Farahs and Johars know their tricks

The intellectuals and their friends — the critics

Do not understand the minds of simple slapsticks!

Ka-ka-ka-Kiran and SRK’s swoons

Hrithik’s quick steps and Sallu’s dishooms

Six-pack jhatkas and frilly matkas:

They’re not for cigar-wallahs but for the gutkhas.

Oh darling, yeh hai India, where tastes are funny

The guys you laugh at are right on the money

Like the buffoon neta who gets all the votes

These guys know how to chhapo those notes!

While film fest awards may go unsung

The sadak-chhap janta loves “Dabang!”

The snooty writer may call it dung

But by a long rope her review is hung!

The fans out there find critics pretentious

Their views in the front stalls are pretty contentious

The gestures impress them and style makes them drool

The producer sahib knows this is paisa-vasool!

So don’t make a song and dance about song and dance

There is a design in Bollywood, not luck by chance

The critic’s “Two Stars” may fetch some friends

But the Hundred Crore may show him “The End!”