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Girish Karnad (1938–2019)

An account of intermittent interactions and an enduring friendship with Girish Karnad

On and Off the Dais

A former teacher reflects on his experience of lecturing and pontificating in the classroom.

The Artful Scribbler

First Person Singular by Ashok Mitra, New Delhi, Paranjoy, 2016; pp xi + 395, 595.

Lively Sins

Most of what our religions call “sins” actually make life joyous, comfortable, and give us a sense of fulfilment.

The Colours of Politics

The good ol’ Bard said: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” But for the good ol’ Saffron, these times are neither odorous nor politically pungent.

Booking the Luddites

Rediscovering some gems in his vast repository of books, a veteran reader revives forgotten memories of Byron and the Luddites. 


No Sweat

Watching films in air-conditioned theatres these days is an experience bereft of the sweaty pleasures of the days of yore, according to a long-time cinemagoer.

Second to None

For the intrepid bibliophile, second-hand bookshops, especially those found on city pavements, are an endless source of pleasure and serendipity.


Our Own Coventry

Some of the “remote corners” of the country, like Aizawl in Mizoram, seem to function as convenient dumping grounds for political rejects.

U R Ananthamurthy: Writer, Iconoclast, Public Intellectual

U R Ananthamurthy (1932-2014) was the quintessential public intellectual, combative on matters of public interest and unafraid to run counter to popular opinion and prejudices. He won the admiration of many and the hatred of regressive forces and one suspects the latter would have pleased him. His most lasting legacy was in focusing public attention on the perils of political Hindutva.

From LoO to LoP to LoO

The possible abbreviations for the Leader of Opposition offer an interesting diversion into the origin of words and their usage. 

Antony at Work

What does one make of the curious formulations of A K Antony, the highly regarded Congress leader, that the Congress Party fared badly in the Lok Sabha polls because of the widespread perception and resentment among voters that secularism under the Congress actually favoured the minorities, espec


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