They used to call the two of us `Victoria No 203’. It took me some time to work that out but soon the penny dropped.

Remember the song from the Ashok Kumar-Pran starrer?  – doh bechare, bina sahare, pooch pooch kar haare! Read more

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A couple of weeks ago, a colleague who hadn’t been in touch for a while called to ask how he could get in touch with Sharad Pawar.

“I have never interacted with politicians so I don’t know how to go about this. Is it easy to speak to him?” Read more

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I wonder how many people recall that some years ago a leading publishing house in Bombay had allowed its printing presses to be used to publish a step-by-step guide to rape. In Marathi, it was titled “Balatkar kasa kartat’’ (How to rape) and was the handiwork of a Marathi journalist, who later ended up as a close advisor to a Maharashtra Pradesh Congress chief. Read more

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Sometime in December 2000, Sharad Pawar first announced his interest in cricket with the declaration that he would contest to the office of president of the Mumbai Cricket Association that year. But things were not going quite as he had planned. He had never lost an election before (barring one to the Congress presidency against Sitaram Kesri in 1997 – his defeat at the BCCi in 2004 was yet to come) and he did not want to lose this one now. He would rather he got elected unopposed. Read more

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Now that the Liberhan Commission report is about to be tabled in Parliament, I am curious to know what it says about Bal Thackeray and his role in the demolition of the Babri Masjid. Read more

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