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….

Lt.Gen. Sagat Singh -A Veritable Superhero!

The Chief of the Army Staff or the Field Marshals do not conduct on-ground operations during a skirmish, a battle or a war, but local commanders do. Quite by design, India has chosen to ignore the heroics of such diehards, the most prominent among them being Lt.Gen. Sagat Singh of the 3rd Gorkha Rifles. Perhaps…

Maine Dil Se Kahaa

Death of a close acquaintance robs us of objectivity. Grief keeps pouring out of welled-up eyes and chokes our breaths. Attendant rituals and surrounding mourners give rise to claustrophobia. It is then that numbness sets in. Profound gloom envelops everything. Days become long and dark, nights darker and endless. Pain might heal, loss always haunts….

Robert de Nobili – An Italian Missionary in a Brahmin’s Hide

  Jharkhand Jesuits run 8 ICSE schools named in honour of de Nobili. Loyola University,Chicago has a huge residential hall called de Nobili Hall at its Lake Shore campus. Who was de Nobili who has been thus honoured by fellow Christians ?   This Italian Jesuit missionary used a novel method of adaptation called ‘accomodatio’…

Bravest of the Brave, JEMMIE Sleeps in a Grave

The epitaph doesn’t mention his breed. Or his colour. Or even attribute him with any valour . Only the canine’s name shines in its full glory, celebrating his challenge to a larger predator – “Jemmie, killed by a panther on 24th November, 1903.” Did he fight well ? Did he last for some minutes ?…

कॉमरेड कन्नन को नमस्ते करो !

  सेक्रेड गेम्स में गुरुजी बताते हैं कि कलयुग की कालिमा सृष्टि पर पूरी तरह से छा चुकी है और अगर सतयुग के समाज की पुनर्स्थापना करनी है तो सबको बलिदान देना होगा । जिहाद,जलवायु परिवर्तन और जनसंख्या विस्फोट से झूझ रही इस दुनिया में प्रतिपल कहीं न कहीं ,किसी न किसी पर अस्तित्व का…

Daniil Medvedev – The Next US Open Champion ?

Anger seems deeply rooted inside Daniil Medvedev.  Whether it comes from being born in the Yeltsin era of the Russian shame, one cannot say. Occasional venting used to give him much grief earlier. Eruptions from this man mountain of six-foot-six used to mirror Putin’s Russia – sporadic ,shocking and disruptive. In 2016, at a Challenger…