Dharmaveer : The Anand Dighe Biopic that foretold the current Revolt

Dharmaveer: Mukkam Post Thane (available on Zee5), the Marathi biopic of the Shiv Sena strongman, Anand Dighe, was released in May 2022. Aside from presenting Dighe (who passed away in 2001) and the Thane Shiv Sena unit as virtually autonomous, the film also strongly made the point that the party had grown powerful only by…

My Experiments with Brahmcharya – An Exercise in Narcissism

Not everyone slept with the Great Soul with their express consent. The wife of his nephew was told to go near him and help out with his experiments. She was sixteen, recently married and disinclined to take off her clothes in the company of the revered septuagenarian. She was nudged to oblige on the pretext…

Ask PERARIVALAN if he feels Sorry?   (Poem)

Kill the leader of a nation, Go to jail, Spend two lifetimes inside prison, Never give up the quest for your own freedom, Get freed, eventually. Come back home to a hero’s welcome, You killed an unsuspecting man after all, Who did not have any inkling that death was approaching, But that was his problem,…

The FALL of ROY- An Obituary for Andrew Symonds (Poem)

( I wrote this poem in 2009. Pup had refused to stand-by Symo, and the latter was sent home by the Australian team management. His career seemed to be as good as over.) Warnie’e era was over, the Pigeon had flown, The explosive Gilly retired, giant Haydos gone, Suckers took over the Cricket Down Under,…

कैसे डूब गया दिनकर दक्षिण के दूर दिशांचाल में ?

जिन दिनकर को समस्त भारतवर्ष ने राष्ट्रवादी चेतना एवं वीर रस के प्रखरतम राष्ट्रकवि के रूप मे जाना, उन्हीं रामधारी सिंह को जीवन के अंतिम वर्षों में विरक्ति-सी हो गयी थी । उनका आखिरी समय बहुत अवसाद में कटा । मद्रास में बीती अपनी अंतिम संध्या पर दिनकर ने डायरी में लिखा- “सब कुछ पाकर…

God Bowls a Googly, Warne Plays for Leg Break (Obituary)

Shane Warne was never about innocence, he was always the romance of cricket. He did not play the sport like boys do, he was always an adult playing mind-games. He did not approach cricket like a game of chance or glorious uncertainties, he plied his trade by luring, teasing, testing, trapping and outfoxing the opponents….

Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit in Conversation with Three World Leaders

Besides being the daughter of Motilal Nehru and younger sister of Jawaharlal Nehru, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit was among the most influential diplomats of independent India. She was sent as India’s first Ambassador to the USSR(1947-49). After that she represented the country in the US and Mexico between 1949 and 1951. She was elected the first…

बंसल सर : जिस गणित के गुरु ने पढ़ाया हास्य-विनोद

मास्टर गणित के थे , पढ़ाई लेकिन ज़िंदगी  । गणित , और कोई भी अन्य विषय, कितना विनोदपूर्ण हो सकता है, यह विनोद जी ही नहीं समझाते तो समझाता कौन ? लेखक, पत्रकार या कोमेडियन होते तो भी बम्पर हिट रहते, पर फिर कोटा नगरी का कायाकल्प नहीं हो पाता । सत्रह से उन्नीस साल…

WHY COULD JAWAHARLAL NOT TOLERATE “PRIYA PURUSHOTTAM”?

Rajarshi Tandon’s politics did not initially irk Panditji. The latter had actively backed the former’s ‘No Tax’ campaign in 1930, and also lent support to his work with Kisan Sabhas. Both the leaders came from Allahabad, and worked together since the 1930s, beginning with the Civil Disobedience Movement. In the 1937 Provincial Elections, the INC…

Jesse Plemons – A Cross between Meth Damon & J.Edgar DiCaprio

A tad pudgier than Damon, and definitely more blond, is the FBI Special Agent Roy Mitchell. Less twinkly-eyed, taciturn, betraying superficial smile, much more real, and hence scarier, Mitchell is played with aplomb by Jesse Plemons. You don’t want to be handled by this agent. He chokes your breath by slowly squeezing your balls. Has…

Hansal Mehta’s SCAM 1992: The Finest Indian Web-series Thus Far

If the opening theme (created by Achint Thakkar) does not haunt you enough, Harshad’s stroke and the lonesome death at the climax definitely shall.  With Neeraj Arya of Kabir Café singing ‘Mat Kar Maya Ko Ahnkar’, Harshad Mehta fades into time, leaving behind his family, infamy, ruined small investors and a trail of unanswered questions….