In search of Mirza Ghalib In search of Mirza Ghalib

In search of Mirza Ghalib

Ganesh Vancheeswaran visits the pre-eminent 19th-century Urdu-Persian poet's house and resting placeRead More »
The Old Man and his Faith The Old Man and his Faith

The Old Man and his Faith

The story behind Mumbai’s Jewish connection. And how Masjid Bunder railway station got its name. ___Read More »
Luxury by the sea – a review of Old Lighthouse Bristow Hotel, Fort Kochi. Luxury by the sea – a review of Old Lighthouse Bristow Hotel, Fort Kochi.

Luxury by the sea - a review of Old Lighthouse Bristow Hotel, Fort Kochi.

Picture this. A British engineer is brought to India from London, on the express commission of buildRead More »
The Lighthouse Effect The Lighthouse Effect

The Lighthouse Effect

I have a thing for the past. And the ‘paster’, the better. Events, buildings, houses, towns, things,Read More »
Life on the edge Life on the edge

Life on the edge

They say life on the edge is always exciting. Even exhilarating. Laced with fear. For a long time I Read More »

Windmills Craftworks – Review of a brewpub

The place is not what I expected. For one, the building looks somewhat monolithic and looks like it houses the headquarters of a company. Stepping into the pub on the 6th floor (or is it the 7th?), I am taken ...

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Will Chumki turn the tables on her luck?

Lesley Biswas' story pulls the reader into the universe of its characters. It will take your child on a happy ride. _____________________________________________________________________________ Have you been a little child who was teased and taunted by others? Have you had to bear the burden ...

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An insider’s guide to the Margazhi festival in Chennai

How you can experience the unique annual festival of Carnatic music and classical dance. This story first appeared in Conde Nast Traveller on December 16, 2016. (https://www.cntraveller.in/story/insiders-guide-margazhi-festival-chennai/#s-custvenn-pongal) Bombay Jayshri (aka Bombay Jayshri Ramnath) (center) sings with her ensemble during a Carnatic music concert.  The ...

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Marine history: Chennai to Kannur

Learning about seafaring traditions, playing on the beach, and visiting a fort built by the Portuguese. This story first appeared in Mint on July 27, 2017 under the section 'Weekend Vacations'. _______________________________________________________________________________ Fisherfolk unloading the catch of the day at Thottada beach. The lady ...

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Going Dutch in Galle

This story first appeared in Khaleej Times on November 17, 2017. European influence, strong maritime connections and relaxed vibes make this Sri Lankan city a winner. 'Parawa Street' - proclaims the name board. It intrigues me, because I can't understand what it ...

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The Old Delhi food trail – Part 1

Hidden in the labyrinthine lanes of Old Delhi are some of the best food spots of the city. They are high on history, taste and atmosphere. ________________________________________________________________________________ The mere mention of Old Delhi conjures up vivid images of a crowded bazaar (traditional ...

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The Search for a Voice – On Khayyam, Part 11

Kamaal Amrohi was an actor long before he became a director. Records state that he debuted as an actor in the film Jailor, which was released in 1938. The first film he directed was the chartbusting Mahal (1949) of “aayega ...

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A One-off Collaboration to Remember: On Khayyam, Part 10

    The history of Hindi cinema is replete with instances of enduring collaborations between different people. Several directors were known to repeatedly pick from the same set of scriptwriters, cinematographers, editors and music composers for their films. Take, directors & cinematographers, ...

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On Khayyam – Part 9

The term jubilee may seem an anachronism in this age of the 100 Cr. club and multiple screen releases. Indeed, it means nothing to filmmakers and actors today. But back in the day, it was the Holy Grail. Silver, gold, ...

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On Khayyam – Part 8

Khayyam worked closely with a few singers, repeatedly harnessing their talent to give his songs a sense of completion, and to enhance their beauty. Talat Mehmood, Mukesh, Geeta Dutt, Rafi, Asha and Lata were his mainstays in first part of ...

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On Khayyam – Part 7

  Jaidev had a spare, ascetic build, and was totally consumed by music. He was spare in his musical sensibilities, too. In all this, he was just like his junior contemporary, Khayyam. Both brought to their music the same sense of ...

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On Khayyam – Part 6

Khayyam did not compose for films between 1967 and 1974. It was due to a combination of reasons, including the fact that he somehow could not sign up any films during this period. He however put this time to good ...

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