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 »

On Khayyam – Part 5

It is 1976. A song is being recorded for Kamal Amrohi's forthcoming production, which will be directed by Yusuf Naqvi. Mohammad Rafi is lending his voice for the actor Kanwaljit. In one of those whimsical decisions that film producers and directors ...

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On Khayyam – Part 4

He was an upcoming music composer who had tasted success a few times, but was still struggling. She was from a wealthy zamindar family. One day in the early ‘50s, they were both walking on the foot overbridge outside Dadar railway station ...

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The saga of a name: On Khayyam – Part 3

Following his debut in Hindi films as a playback singer in Romeo & Juliet (1947) - I mentioned this in my previous post - word spread that here was a handsome young lad who also sang well. As a result, ...

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On Khayyam – Part 2

Music composer Khayyam ran away from his village in Nawanshehar in undivided Punjab in 1937 or so. The urge to learn music and work in the film industry had taken root in his young mind. He made his way to ...

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On Khayyam – Part 1

In the last week of August last year, my friend Sahana and I were talking about music composer Khayyam. The great man had passed on a week or so earlier, and we were saying how his work hadn't been recognised ...

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L'Antica in the French Quarter of Pondicherry

I wrote this on 1 March, 2019. Coming to Pondicherry after 3 years, I find that the French quarter is home to many more pizzerias than ever before! There is one on every other street, its cozy interiors welcoming hungry souls in. We ...

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