Sachin: Just Not Cricket

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, a name that even a newly born would be aware of. His competency on the field is unmatched. The title, “God of Cricket” is indeed apt enough when it comes to his cricket. However, like the God, creator of this universe, puts us in doubt at times that He might have done …

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Pawan Malhotra: Intensity par Excellence

What a black humour! To call a stylish walker, a langda. Pawan Malhotra as Salim wearing a steel belt around his waist in “Salim Langde Pe Mat Ro” is a langda for his friends. A complete novice about dadagiri in the area like Nagpada in Mumbai had a question tormenting; what kind of style is …

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Dear Ganpati Bappa

I was astounded by Hazare’s dexterity to unite the people of this country for a common cause – fight corruption. Anna did a splendid job in channelizing the anger of his countrymen. However, I am still skeptical about will it really eradicate corruption. I frankly still don’t know what Lokpal Bill is all about, how …

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Abhinay Deo: Daring Adman, Filmmaker and a Marathi Manoos

I have loved Marathi culture and the Marathi art – literature, theatre, cinema, et al. However, lately I have ended up frustrated watching Bharat Jadhav, Makarand Anaspure movies. PuLa’s humour of yesteryears still makes me laugh but no art form of recent times has brought a smile to me. A judge on Fu Bai Fu …

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Magna Carta

(Apparently no good time will prevail to know or remember about “Magna Carta” or “The 1215 Great Charter” that required King John of England to proclaim certain liberties, and accept that his will was not arbitrary, for example, by explicitly accepting that no “freeman” (in the sense of non-serf) could be punished except through the …

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Can Reading Habits Be Changed?

Doing away the dander of sycophancy, Loksatta, the largest Marathi daily has finally come out to peoples’ provisos. Recently, a daily published a survey in its Sunday edition, regarding the habits of reading, asking the opinions of library heads from different regions of Maharashtra. The libraries have survived for about a hundred years. Hence the …

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

“Who’s afraid of living life without false illusions?” Edward Albee wrote this when he started his play – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? In fact, it’s the story of a vacuum in the life of a childless couple. It reveals paranoid shape of the deportment of women in fifties in a Sunday midnight party that …

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Habitual Melancholy of Worrying about Marathi

In one of the novels, by Marquez, a child was born with eyes wide open. In my late thirties when I read the novel, I asked my mother, whether I was born with eyes wide open. I asked my grandmother, all my aunts from mother’s and father’s sides whether that can be true. (Many of …

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