To the Eternal City …

I have made two trips within a fortnight to the world's oldest living city, Banaras. The city as usual inspires me, takes me back to the roots of Hinduism, but sometimes also disillusions me. On my last visit I landed on the Maha Ashtami during Navratras, and the whole city was doused in the religious... Continue Reading →

Guha decodes Gandhi

To many of us common man, whatever we know about Gandhi comes from what we read in school or what we saw in Richard Attenborough's film on Gandhi. And we leave it to historians and scholars to weave their way through the realms of biographies and writings on and by Gandhi, and present us with... Continue Reading →

Does Satyagraha rocks?

Prakash Jha's Satyagraha raises more questions than it answers. Power is corrupting, we know that. But even an iota of semblance of power seems to ruin the rational thinking. Channeling the minds and power of million people, and to control those levels of energy and passion itself requires a continued impartiality, time and again. Media... Continue Reading →

Nature’s Fury or Beauty

One day, while I was travelling back home from office, I was awed by the kaleidoscope of clouds on NH8. Dense clouds that seemed to land on the highway, sky in various hues of grey and white, the buildings on either side of the highway had an eerie colour of blue and grey. As we... Continue Reading →

Shadow of the clouds

How often did our answers in social studies/ geography in school started with – “India is an agricultural country…”? And today in this mall-infested culture and service industry syndrome, we have all but forgotten this little general knowledge info that India is the 2nd largest country in terms of farm produce and still employs 52%... Continue Reading →

Lost and Found

Front page news headline few days back in all leading newspapers – Lost and found: Rahul Gandhi’s mobile phone. Amidst all the news on honour killings, Maoists attacks, deaths in Kashmir, drought and flood in various parts of the country – this story found its way on the front page. And only because the owner... Continue Reading →

Epics retold

In the age when TV had still not come to every house and there were hardly any movies for children and computers were still long time away from the Indian shores, there grew a generation on mythological stories either told by the grand-parents or through Amar Chitra Kathas. If one had the luxurious life of... Continue Reading →

A lesson in marketing

Long before the McDonalds and Pizza Hut came to India, Delhi had already witnessed a fast-food revolution through the famous south Indian chain - Sagar Ratna. And its owner, Jayaram Banan can still be seen everyday at his Defence Colony Branch. Though one sees him every day greeting his regular patrons by name, it was... Continue Reading →

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