Maharashtra

Shivaji says – Statue!

What an irony! His democratic descendants, 400 years later, have downgraded his stature to a sheer statue made of some material that will certainly be nowhere close to the quality of his construction. His robust and well architected forts make it evident even today. The Maratha King constructed and won back many forts impregnable forts …

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Why This Kolaveri Di? Ani Kiti?

It indeed is a good song with foot tapping beats, perfect for a dandiya night. It surely has caught rage with the young crowd. It is simple “hummable” and trendy too. Junior Nigam’s version is even more gripping, However, there is one more aspect why this song had to get some much fan following or …

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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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Sycophantic Bug Bites an Editor

The editor of Loksatta, a Marathi morninger mourns – those who have remembered the birth centenary of Gopal Godse are perverted. Students of literature, history and politics, and even behavioural science – commit suicide! Don’t remember anything now. The last cell controlling thinking process in the brain of the editor is showing the symptoms of …

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In Praise of Gutsy Smita Talwalkar

Talwalkars opened their third branch in mid-seventies, next to a building near Citilight cinema in Matunga, a stone’s throw away from Shivaji Park. Avinash, one of the brothers, was in charge of the branch. Pathare, a masculine looking but soft spoken man who resembled Omar Sharif and who established his own modest chain of gyms …

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Exploring Tradition and a New Culture

These boys have never visited any place like Lal Mahal, Shaniwar Wada or Aga Khan Palace. They can’t speak a single language properly. They do not care for past or future. They are obsessed with the present. And I like that. They don’t respect the people they don’t know or they haven’t heard of. The …

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On Writers and Publishers

“Writers and publishers must find new ways of retailing their wares,” said Amit Chaudhuri, author of the novel ‘Immortals’, short listed for the DSC Literature Award to be announced in Jaipur Book Festival next year in January 2011. He is not the first man to say so. Time and again, many have quoted the same …

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Slavery – The Book, Mahatma Phule, and Obama

Seldom have politicians of this country offered moments to appreciate them. In recent times it has been a dream. What a way to meet and welcome the head of the most powerful state in the world! First you beat the seeds out of the grain of the consul general of that powerful state when almost …

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