Category Archives: Journalism

Junking the junket

A couple of years ago, I was picked to go the US on a junket. When I mentioned this to a colleague, she shook my hand and congratulated me. I searched her face for a smirk, an ironically raised eyebrow. … Continue reading

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Radia gaga

When I asked a colleague why newspapers were silent on the revelations that emerged from the Radia tapes, he said that that’s because major media is a conspiracy of thieves. I couldn’t have put it better. As The Hoot‘s Sevanti … Continue reading

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Azaadi of speech

Over the past month, the English press has put up a united front against the Sena for pressuring Mumbai university to withdraw Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey. Mistry himself has praised the press’s campaign saying: “This sordid story, however, … Continue reading

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In Prague, sparrows are not birds

Highlights from a trip to Friesland (a province in northern Holland), Prague, Berlin and Amsterdam: Apart from cows, windmills and Mata Hari, Friesland is famous for exceptionally tall people. Given that Frisian vital statistics are far above the world average, … Continue reading

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Head hunting

Yesterday, the Bombay edition of Hindustan Times ran a story on how deserted the Sessions Court was on Monday, the day the opposition called for a bandh to oppose the rise of prices of commodities. Some theatre-loving sub-editor, who either … Continue reading

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Crime time

                          I’ve just discovered a spectacularly kitschy magazine called Crime & Detective, which has accounts of crimes of passion from across the country written in a lasciviously narrative … Continue reading

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Mind your p’s and q’s

There are many reasons not to visit T.G.I. Friday’s. The kitschy, cheesier-than-fondue interiors. The faux cowboy outfits the waiters have to wear. The flavourless food, most of which is crumb-fried. What seals its case, is the misplaced apostrophe. If you’re … Continue reading

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