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.

So we lost the World Cup, be that as it may:
a game is just a sport, and play is only play
But the wise old Lewis, said so rightly
There’s more to cricket than cricket only [Read more]

It’s a pity athletics is not mathematics
You know, it helps us Indians find a better fix
This wretched thing called higher education
is creating strange problems in corners of the nation

You have to pass this thing called the examination
This gives you sarkari naukri, raises your station
Long-term income and job security to boot
–and this gets some dowry with your wedding suit.

If there is a problem in getting the post on merit
You can try a quota for your community if you fit
There is lot to gain from pleading for reservations
Be sure that can end your jobless frustration!

But there’s still the small matter of getting a degree
Before you can go and flaunt your caste pedigree
You have to do some jugaad to get the needed marks
when burning the midnight oil seems like a farce!

Why? You get yourself bits, notes and chits
You write the answers for questions –that’s your kit
Come the exam day, you sit pretty in your hall
Presto! There’s some help climbing over the wall

They now serve you answers, like meals in an a flight
Your chits and bits come like cookies for a bite
You copy the answers and submit your sheets
You are ready to be “qualified” – isn’t that sweet?

Your invigilators be damned, there’s a whole crowd doing this
So what if the TV crews shoot the story they can’t miss?
Wait till they introduce the “Right to Cheat”
After PIL and RTI, this could be a big political feat!

He may model for Fair & Lovely
But he’s more than cute, our Kohli
With a magnificent name – truly Virat
He’s half a gentleman, and half a brat! [Read more]

Speeches are great, but promises are even better
The spirit shines in one, but the other gets the letter
This truth must be said on the capital’s elections
as we move from analysis to political dissections [Read more]

Speech is free and talk is cheap
But there’s trouble in the system when there’s too much beep-beep
Pity they black out what’s not good for the nation
Their job is, you see, to keep out the aberrations [Read more]