Media

Author, Actor, Reporter: Glamour

Our books, which are our principal vehicles of expression, can reach people through impersonal mechanisms. This is what makes the world of books so uniquely democratic and accessible. From the blog amitavghosh.com/blog/ dt. 6th Feb, 2012 ************ I’ll have no hiccups to rank ‘Mukhavata’ in the line of Dostoevsky and Marquez works, minus the sexual …

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Media and Sensationalism

Gone are the days when media battled for communal harmony and democratic establishment in the societies across the border. It was popular and valued in the past because it spoke for the least spoken and voiced their concerns to the populace for smooth and democratic governance in the society. Factual journalism gradually perished over past …

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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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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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Acharya Atre: A Fighter Journalist

Circa 1958. Vengurla was a taluka (tehsil). One secondary school and three primary schools adorned the town then. Distant villages around had a few primary schools. The educational standard was good. There was a hospital (St Luke’s hospital) run by American missionaries popularly known as Batyache hospital in Vengurla where American surgeons stayed and worked as doctors. …

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Mashaal and Shakti

While discussing about Mashaal and Shakti, I remember one of my friends mention an article on Anil Kapoor in Maharashtra Times. The charge d’affaires, Dinkar Gangal who had a photographic memory took care of the entertainment supplement and new writers alike with his undiminished gusto may remember it, till date. The title was something like …

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Editing a Rickety Magazine

The excerpt from a forthcoming book written by an editor of a rickety house magazine as an edit containing his autobiography in a nutshell with a vote of thanks to ‘living-ins’ with a literary criticism describing the literary journey of lifetime inducted with philosophical thoughts in the style of Aristotle avowing you to keep the …

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Raj’s ‘Oratoria’

He is the replica of his paternal uncle, people say. Even his uncle said it time and again sarcastically, after parting ways. Raj Thackeray never replied to that. ‘I was thinking,’ he said in Kalyan Dombivli Mahanagar Palika (KDMP) election campaign speech, ‘before coming to this meeting, about what to wear? Any attire I dress …

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