Alyque.Padamsee

Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker

Mumbai Notebook November 21, 2018   The word ‘legend’ is too loosely used, but no one will dispute that Alyque Padamsee deserved to be called that. Not once, but twice over. First, of course, as an advertising man. Of all the iconic ads for which he is remembered, my own favourite is the Liril ad. […]

Read more
tea

Tea with the Authors event at Taj

The Taj Mahal Palace & Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest bring to you an afternoon to remember. TEA WITH AUTHORS! Here’s your chance to be in conversation with your favourite writers! Join Carlo Pizzati, Robert Dessaix , Emma Byrne ,Molly Crabapple,  Henry Eliot on  Saturday,17th / Sunday, 18th November From 5:30-6:30pm at  Shamiana Alfresco Restaurant, The Taj Mahal Palace, […]

Read more
poetry

Literature Live MyStory Contest Winners – Poetry

The City by Prakhar Pathrikar (Jury Chosen) I hear this city. It’s puffed sighs on an empty belly. Wind chiming dreams and responsibilities together, spooking timid titanium hearts from behind. I gush through these crowded streets full of variety-shops selling anxieties, and strangers whirling cracked crooked spines, roping colored tongues at every chance they find. […]

Read more
photo-1452696193712-6cabf5103b63

Literature Live!360@ Campus Contest Winning Entries

What’s The Scene [Tied for 1st Position] “Hi, Dad!” Afia Ansari & Aishah Shekhani I had a rosy childhood. My parents loved and pampered me. All their attention was mine. My mom was caring and always did my shoe-laces. My dad was loving and always told me stories from his work. He said he was […]

Read more

Campus Contest Results 2018

Story and Poetry Writing Contests were held at Hinduja College in South Mumbai and St Andrew’s College in North Mumbai  and were open to students from all over the city. Participants were given prompts which they had to use creatively in their story/poem 6 winners  were selected from each category Winning entries below are in alphabetical order […]

Read more
sujata

From Modi to Yogi, is Hindutva on the wane? by Sujata Anandan

Barely a year ago, as the Bharatiya Janata Party swept the assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, 2019 seemed like an open and shut case for the rest of the political firmament in India. Yet a day after  UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath celebrated a year in office amid much fanfare, he has had to suffer  […]

Read more
shabnam-minwalla

C and R By Shabnam Minwala

Sophia and Tariq were part of a large, noisy family. There were plenty of cousins with foreign accents and grand aunts with loud cackles. They gathered in Mumbai every couple of years to attend weddings, eat mangoes and shop. And on one evening, all the cousins would make their excited way to their grandparents’ apartment […]

Read more
unnamed (1)

Change that headline: How Nirav Modi had to make way for Narendra Modi by Shekhar Gupta

If big politics is now mostly about headline management, BJP has emerged its unassailable practitioner Look back on the headlines screaming out of your front pages and causing prime time shoutrage about a week ago. These were all about nephew-uncle duo Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi and the money they had stolen from Punjab National […]

Read more
Anil_Dharker_Image_2

Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker

Strand Bookstall closed down just a few days ago to much sadness and many tears. But it did have a long innings. Tekkate Narayan Shanbhag – to give his full name — started his store when he was only 23, soon after his graduation from St Xavier`s College. The bookstore owes its name to Strand […]

Read more
sciencewar

India’s War On Science by Shashi Tharoor

For India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, religion is not a matter of personal belief, but a key feature of traditional identity politics and crucial to maintaining social order, ensuring discipline and conformity, and preventing radical change. Science and rationality threaten all of the party’s goals. NEW DELHI – India’s junior education minister, Satyapal Singh, recently […]

Read more
Anil_Dharker_Image_2

Mumbai Notebook by Anil Dharker

Two of Mumbai`s biggest public events happen within one month of each other. There`s the Mumbai Marathon in January (described in the last Notebook) and there’s the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in February. Just concluded, the nine day festival was, by all accounts, a great success. When any event succeeds, the challenge for the organisers […]

Read more