In the early 1990s, when I had made tracks to Paris to pursue a mid-career course for journalists, I discovered that my colleagues from Latin American, African and even t Read more

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A year ago, Rahul Gandhi seemed such a wayward child and Narendra Modi such a focused individual. Today the tables seem to have turned with the government seeming so wishy-washy and Rahul a determined man – determined, perhaps, not just to put the government in the dock but also to sideline those in the Congress who are resisting the changes he wants to bring into the party. Read more

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Some years ago, I was startled to receive a call from singer Abhijit’s publicist. In the days before the advent of social media he had been returning home after a dinner party at a posh south Bombay hotel when he came across a young girl being harassed/molested by a group of young men at a signal crossing at Churchgate. He stopped his car and took them on. Threatening to call the cops, he whisked the girl away from the danger zone and made sure she reached her destination safely.

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There are many advantages to being single – but there are several disadvantages, too, as I learnt after landing myself in hospital for three months, essentially because I drove myself sick without inhibition — there was no one to read the warning signals and alert me about where I was headed… I will share more about this trial with friends and readers once I am over the trauma of my illness (I am still in a fragile state of recovery but getting there sooner than I expected). Read more

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So Natha did really commit suicide this time! And everybody, including politicians and the television channels had their ‘Peepli Live’ moment. Read more

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….one might well ask. Does not a rose by any other name smell as sweet? Not when it comes to the Thackerays, however. They should actually spell their name as be T-h-a-k-r-e but then they will lose the unique colonial flavour to their name if they switched to the native spelling.

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Long before the Shiv Sena attempted to take ownership of Marathi food in Bombay, the vada-pau was a humble meal for workers and labourers –discovered, designed and manufactured by a private entrepreneur in Dadar, in the heart of the city. Read more

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Many years ago, when Sharad Pawar was chief minister of Maharashtra and Ramrao Adik his finance minister, one of their budgets had given much relief to the tobacco industry, including the cigarette and bidi companies. Read more

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I am by no yardstick a saffronist but I am with the late Bal Thackeray on this one.

Writing in my book ‘Hindu Hriday Samrat: How the Shiv Sena Changed Mumbai forever’ I had said that there were a lot of things that Thackeray said which one could never agree with. But there was no challenging the truth of some of his statements. Thackeray always avowed that he was not against the Abdul Hamids of this country, only against the Dawood Ibrahims. Read more

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Sometime in the 1990s when I was following Sharad Pawar on the campaign trail in search of an exclusive interview and he could not find the time, I decided to hang outside his door in obstinate determination not to leave until I had spoken to him. Read more

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