Author’s Lounge

  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    When protests against the Coastal Road project started, most people dismissed them saying, “Aha, the privileged folk with sea-side apartments are up in arms because they are affected!” It was reminiscent…

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  • India’s China Problem in Pakistan

    By Shashi Tharoor

    The deadly terrorist attack in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir last month has triggered renewed questions about China’s continued protection of the Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed. Will China continue to…

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  • A Battle for India’s Soul

    By Shashi Tharoor

    Every Indian general election beats its predecessor’s record to become the largest in world history. This time, Indian voters must decide whether they want an inclusive country that embodies…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    Do people need to die for Swachh Bharat even if it is the Prime Chowkidar`s pet project? That, at least, was the excuse being bandied about after the foot…

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  • [Video] Straddling Three Spheres : A Straight Talk

    By Stephen Daldry

    Stephen Daldry is not a writer. But he is a storyteller, often being inspired by literary works such as in The Hours or The Reader. He uses the actor…

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  • On Stage

    By Anil Dharker

    “Does a thousand-year-old sculpture worshipped in a thriving religion belong to a foreign museum or to the temple from which it was extracted?” That`s Shashi Tharoor in his Empire-bashing…

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  • Pakistan’s 50-year self-destruction in blood-feud with India & how Imran Khan can halt it

    By Shekhar Gupta

    There are two challenges when you talk about Pakistan today. First, whether you focus on the history, geography or politics. And second, whatever tack you choose, where do you…

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  • Beyond Words : What things can (perhaps) tell us – A Straight Talk

    By Neil MacGregor

    

    Our understanding of human pre-history is completely dependent on the material objects we uncover at archaeological digs. We attempt to reconstruct complex societies based on designs on a shard…

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  • On Stage

    By Anil Dharker

    “Does a thousand-year-old sculpture worshipped in a thriving religion belong to a foreign museum or to the temple from which it was extracted?” That`s Shashi Tharoor in his Empire-bashing…

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  • Goodbye 2018!

    By Anil dharker

    How do you define a year? A good way is to look at the buzz words that dominated conversation over its 12 months.

    The buzziest word was Disruption. We saw it…

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  • Ayodhya: The disingenuity of Shiv Sena leaders; then and now

    By Sujata Anandan

    Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut is being disingenuous in claiming that it took only 17 mins for the Sena to bring down the Babri Masjid just like Bal Thackeray…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    The word ‘legend’ is too loosely used, but no one will dispute that Alyque Padamsee deserved to be called that. Not once, but twice over.

    First, of course, as an…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    ‘Judicial overreach’. It`s a phrase heard often, and I have written articles on it, as has every single columnist in the land. With some justification too, because the courts,…

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  • TEA WITH THE AUTHORS EVENT AT TAJ

    By Tata Literature Live!

    The Taj Mahal Palace & Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest bring to you an afternoon to remember.

    TEA WITH AUTHORS!

    Here’s your chance to be in conversation with your favourite…

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  • Ram Temple issue: Now the saints will come marching in!

    By Sujata Anandan

    As the RSS-BJP’s initial expectations to build Ram Temple were dashed by the SC decision to defer hearing to January, Sangh Parivar will now outsource the Ram Mandir agitation…

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  • Literature Live MyStory Contest Winners – Prose

    By Anam Fatima (Jury Choice)

    I wrote this piece for children. It is dedicated to all the differently abled and to all the people associated with these beautiful human beings. It is dedicated to…

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  • Literature Live MyStory Contest Winners – Poetry

    By Prakhar Pathrikar (Jury Chosen)

    The City by Prakhar Pathrikar (Jury Chosen)

    I hear this city.
    It’s puffed sighs on an empty belly.
    Wind chiming dreams and responsibilities together,
    spooking timid titanium hearts from behind.

    I gush through these…

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  • Campus Contest Results 2018

    By Warren D’Silva

    Story and Poetry Writing Contests were held at Hinduja College in South Mumbai and St Andrew’s College in North Mumbai  and were open to students from all over the…

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