I do not know if I can call this a vacation because no one in his or her right mind ever spends any time holidaying close to the Tropic of Cancer when it is 47 degrees or more in the shade for the better part of two months.
But it is my annual pilgrimage to Nagpur and I am here to perform an annual duty in the name of my father. So I cannot stay holed in forever in order to avoid the sun and as I go around town, as always, I turn nostalgic. Read more
Sanjay Nirupam was a fellow-journalist long before he became a politician, so it has always been difficult for me and a lot of other journalists to distance ourselves from him completely and look upon him dispassionately. Read more
While on the subject of Bal Thackeray and drinks last week, I recalled an interesting incident that happened days after the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance came to power in Maharashtra in 1995. Readers of my column ‘Anandan on Wednesday’ in the Bombay edition of the Hindustan Times will remember this for I have written about it in a different context but I thought the story was too tickling pink not to share with a wider readership. Read more
Some years ago, when Sitaram Kesri had pulled support from the Deve Gowda government in New Delhi, I called Sharad Pawar to ascertain what he would do – would he split the Congress to support Gowda, would he go along with Kesri (whom he abhorred) or would he make a bid for the top job himself? Read more
Last week, I wrote about coming face to face with Mrs Indira Gandhi in Assam where my editor had sent me to cover elections in the early Eighties.
I was pitched headlong into the thick of real journalism (and, perhaps, real life as this story will reveal) by my then editor and meeting Mrs Gandhi was a bonus. Read more