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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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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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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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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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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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