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Thinking Small

Thinking Small

A unique exercise in urban living, a Tokyo apartment today is made of a single room that incorporates living, dining, and a cupboard containing two sets of clothes and shoes;...

September 2, 2023
Confessions of a Failed Comic

Confessions of a Failed Comic

If you examine the relationship between politics and stand-up comedy, the similarity is startling. In India, political decisions often lead to results which are a form of high comedy: what...

September 2, 2023
The Migrant as Citizen

The Migrant as Citizen

For many years I lived as a temporary resident in a small American suburban town. Within the short ambit of my home there, I had easy access to recreation, sport...

September 2, 2023

Where Black Lives Don’t Matter

West Indian cricket captain, Darren Sammy recently pointed out that through the course of last year’s IPL matches he was often called the K word by Indian players. Kalu has...

September 2, 2023


One of the real struggles of embarking on a satirical venture in India is the fear that it will be taken seriously. This is particularly odd when you consider that...

September 2, 2023

Is Living without Laughter really living:

In 1934 during America’s Great Depression President Franklin Roosevelt initiated something called the Public Works of Art Project. At a time when millions were desperate, hungry and depressed, the program...

September 1, 2023

A History of Negligence

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August 14, 2023

How to Rob the State Bank of India

The State Bank of India branch at Defence Colony has just opened. Like any important public service institution, the place is a flurry of hectic activity. The bank manager is...

December 5, 2022

Work from Home or Don’t work at all!

I recently read a short story in which a fledgling writer is hectored every day by his wife to get a regular job. Busy with a novel which he knows...

November 5, 2022

Art as Obsession:

In 1970 American artist Michael Heizer began building the world’s largest earthwork sculpture in a barren desert in Nevada. Heizer has spent the last 50 years on ‘City’ – moving...

October 20, 2022

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