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  • The Inevitability Of Virtual Reality

    By James Crabtree

    VR is a new technology that already seems rather old-fashioned.

    We’ve had VR headsets for years, which never seem to take off. There have been a bunch of virtual worlds too. I read…

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  • You can take Rahul out of Pappu but not the Pappu out of Rahul

    By hekhar Gupta

    A Rahul Gandhi who hugs his inner Pappu is Narendra Modi’s clear challenger and target for 2019.

    This Friday’s debate on the Opposition’s no-confidence motion answers several questions. First, should…

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  • Bollywood’s Royals: Brave heroes on screen, spineless zeroes off it

    By Shekhar Gupta

    Hindi cinema is the richest, starriest business in our popular culture, way ahead of even cricket. Why is it also the most pusillanimous too, and also going with the…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    The Prime Minister of India boasts of his government`s achievements whenever and wherever he speaks. Following His Master`s Voice, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra does likewise. Here`s his latest…

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  • Beautiful Game?

    By Anil Dharker

    Who called it the ‘Beautiful Game’? There are many claimants but the one who made it synonymous with football was the legendary Pele with his autobiography, My Life and…

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  • London Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    If the Royals are here, can the paparazzi be far behind? Stating the obvious perhaps, so ubiquitous have the massed photographers become that they are now an accepted part…

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  • Lousy economics & lousier politics: Modi govt acting like any other panicky last-year govt

    By Shekhar Gupta

    A series of bypoll losses has pushed the Modi government into panic mode. Uncharacteristically, it’s letting events dictate its actions.

    Throwing good money after bad money is an old truism….

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    The longest running play in the world in not a musical. In fact, it is a murder mystery called The Mousetrap which has been running in London`s St Martin`s Theatre since 1952. That`s…

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  • Waiting for Modi’s Achhe Din: The Bad, the Worse & The Ugly

    By Shashi Tharoor

    The story of the last four years is one of missed opportunities and dashed hopes, of waiting for achhe din that never came, of seeing expectations raised to the heights by…

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  • ‘Kindly adjust’ to our English

    By Shashi Tharoor

    I have long immodestly considered myself the inventor of the term ‘prepone’. I came up with it at St Stephen’s in 1972, used it extensively in conversation and employed…

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  • On Stage

    By Anil Dharker

    “When I hear the word culture, I reach for my gun.” So Paul Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s right hand man and Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda is supposed…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    The sun rarely shines on Hay. I know that’s a poor pun, but the literary festival’s name lends itself to such wordplay, besides which the weather often plays spoilsport….

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    From top banker to shit. Sounds like a good tabloid headline, doesn’t it? But Naina Lal Kidwai, former Chairman, HSBC India, won’t mind, because she has taken up the…

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  • Tough love

    By Shashi Tharoor

    My mother drove me to excellence, writes Lok Sabha MP Shashi Tharoor

    Sweet victory: Shashi Tharoor with mother, Lily, after winning the Lok Sabha seat from Thiruvananthapuram in 2014 |…

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  • Mumbai Notebook

    By Anil Dharker

    From top banker to shit. Sounds like a good tabloid headline, doesn’t it? But Naina Lal Kidwai, former Chairman, HSBC India, won’t mind, because she has taken up the…

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  • There can be no Empire 2.0 – but there can be a new Commonwealth

    By Shashi Tharoor

    As 53 world leaders prepare to gather in London for this year’s edition of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting(CHOGM, 2018), it would be all too easy for some to dismiss the…

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  • On Stage

    By Anil Dharker

    On the first evening of last month, Tata Theatre was completely packed, with a buzz that was almost palpable. It wasn’t for a performance: instead, a thousand people, most…

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  • Only the judges can save themselves from extinction

    By Sujata Anandan

    If there was ever any doubt that the current dispensation is compromising all institutions in this country three judgments of various courts across the nation in the last week…

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