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HOW A TINY KITTEN MIGHT HAVE HELPED RID ME OF BACKACHE BLUES

A less than six weeks old kitten came into my life early in August and by the time I found a permanent home for him he had inadvertently paid me back many, many times over for spending a few sleepless … Continue reading

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AN AMBULANCE CHAT, GAURI LANKESH AND HINDUTVA ABROAD

Late Tuesday night (Sept 12), I had to rush my father to the hospital in an ambulance. The nurse and the ambulance driver had made ingenious efforts at getting my corpulent father on to the stretcher. In the ambulance, the … Continue reading

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THE SECOND MOTHER (2015), ENGAGING BRAZILIAN FILM ABOUT DOMESTIC WORKERS

Hong Kongers ought to savour this award-winning work showing as part of HKIFF A movie currently doing the rounds of festivals in Asia – it was lately in Indian ones and will enjoy three screenings at the Hong Kong International … Continue reading

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WHAT’S IN A CITY’S NAME, OR RATHER THE SPELLING THEREOF?

The Independent, a British newspaper (ceasing print publication), is reverting to the spelling Bombay rather than Mumbai, its India-born editor Amol Rajan widely quoted as having said that the move was to resist toeing the Hindu nationalists’ line. It’s not … Continue reading

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MEHDI HASAN, ALBEIT A BRILLIANT DEBATOR, WAS RATHER SOFT ON RAM MADHAV

As a Youtube video which has gone viral testifies, Mehdi Hasan is a brilliant intellectual and while several versions of his scintillating delivery in the Oxford Debate are extant on Youtube, that the following has a mere 1.75 million hits … Continue reading

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HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE DEATH PENALTY: FROM THE MOUTHS OF LITTLE KIDS

A nephew of mine, Jayasimha Yashas,  who teaches in a government primary school in Chennai/Madras while on two years’ sabbatical working for one of India’s foremost IT companies, invited me to speak to his young charges while I was in … Continue reading

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MY NINE DAYS IN DALTONGANJ JAIL

(With a long prologue, longer epilogue and a short main section) Exactly 40 years ago, on the evening of 3rdSeptember 1974, I entered the jail in Daltonganj, headquarters of Palamu district (then of Bihar, now of Jharkhand state) and was … Continue reading

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