Author’s Lounge

  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    As I sat in my car waiting futilely for some movement, I thanked the presiding Traffic Deity that I don’t live in Bengaluru. Delhi is bad (Number 8, 56%), Pune is very bad (Number 5, 59%), Mumbai is worse (Number 4, 65%), Bengaluru is worst (Number 1, 71%). These figures were released by Tom Tom Traffic Index for 2019 at the end of January (even traffic indices move slowly).

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  • Amitav Ghosh talks three new projects, thinking in visual terms and the interplay of capitalism, imperialism

    By Aditya Mani Jha

    Amitav Ghosh has announced three new projects — Jungle-Nama, a verse retelling of the legend of Bon-Bibi, a Sunderbans epic; a new collection of essays; and The Invisible Hand.

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dhaker

    Sridevi, the Eternal Screen Goddess, the title of a book Literature Live! launched recently, seemed like a bit of a hyperbole. However, the reaction that came in on Twitter after the event showed that the writer, a young man called Satyarth Nayak, wasn’t exaggerating: men and women (but more women than men) obviously worshipped her.

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    You could sense the frisson of excitement when Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo walked into Rendezvous at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. You might have done outstanding work recognised the world over by your peers, but the layman will not have heard of you. However, get the Nobel, and you become a house-hold name. So it must be with this husband and wife team.

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  • On Stage

    By Anil Dharker

    Do you have Alexa in your home to do you bidding? Or perhaps you are not an Amazon fan and have, instead, Apple’s Siri to schedule events and reminders, search the internet or find what movies are running in town.

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  • Now Modi govt has proved that it not only talks like Pakistan, it thinks and acts like it

    By Shashi Tharoor

    The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is not just an affront to basic tenets of equality enshrined in our Constitution, but an all-out assault on the very idea of India.

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    Igudesman and Joo is an unlikely name for a Western Classical duo, but then they also perform A Little Nightmare Music, a playful reference to Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music).

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  • The Origins Of Indian Citizenship

    By Abhinav Chandrachud

    The recently enacted Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, carves out a special pathway to citizenship for non-Muslim immigrants from some countries. This sort of discrimination against Muslims is popularly thought…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    There are 1324 black spots on Maharashtra roads, more than double the previous year`s. Actually that`s a huge underestimation: there are billions and billions of black spots in Mumbai…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    National Centre for Performing Arts seemed like a rather grand name for an auditorium and a half, for that’s what it was when it all began.

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    Royal Opera House, not so long ago abandoned and derelict, seemed ready for the demolition squad’s hammer blows. But the Opera House`s owners, the erstwhile Maharaja and Maharani of…

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  • Literature Live!360@ Campus Contest Winning Entries

    By Afia Ansari & Aishah Shekhani

    “Hi, Dad!”
    Afia Ansari & Aishah Shekhani

    I had a rosy childhood. My parents loved and pampered me. All their attention was mine. My mom was caring and always did my…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    They say it doesn’t rain but pours during Ganesh Chaturthi. That’s certainly so this year. The poor Met guys must get thoroughly soaked dipping their wet footrules into the…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    ‘Charishnu’ means ‘the desire to move’. Don’t ask me in what language because I have no clue. Perhaps Leela Samson, the Bharat Natyam dancer, coined it; perhaps it’s a…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    Multi-crore cricket betting racket busted, two arrested’. That was the headline of a newspaper story half-way through the World Cup. The article talked about a police raid on a…

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  • On Stage

    By Anil Dharker

    Last month the great playwright Girish Karnad passed away. Later in June, Amitav Ghosh, one of our very best novelists, was given the Jnanpith Award. Apart from their eminence,…

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  • Girish Karnad

    By Anil Dharker

    Girish Karnad, without doubt, was one of the greatest literary figures of Indian literature. Uniquely, he also had a versatility which made him a true Renaissance man.

    A quick look…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    Not surprisingly, our Literature Live! Evenings launched a spate of political books in quick succession during the period of elections. There was Yashwant Sinha’s ‘India Unmade: How the Modi…

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