An ode to the Indian village postman, who has receded into the far horizons of the rural landscape

By Moin Qazi* Wait Mr. Postman Please Mr. Postman, look and see Oh yeah If there’s a letter in your bag for me…. These lyrics sung way back in the ’70s by the Carpenters immortalized the humble postman and his role in a lovesick teenager’s life. Closer to home, Rajesh Khanna did pretty much the … More An ode to the Indian village postman, who has receded into the far horizons of the rural landscape

Sevagram’s Bapu Kuti is a sparse and austere mud-walled cottage, it is a symbol of Gandhi’s simplicity

By Moin Qazi* Eighty kilometres to the east of Nagpur in central India lies Bapu Kuti, a historic site in Sewagram, the ‘village of service’, which is nestled in the serene rustic surroundings of the Wardha district. This dwelling was the residential abode of Mahatma Gandhi from 1936 to 1948 and was the epicentre of … More Sevagram’s Bapu Kuti is a sparse and austere mud-walled cottage, it is a symbol of Gandhi’s simplicity

I have read of atheists facing all troubles quite boldly… Is this “vanity”? If it is, I stand for it…

On Bhagat Singh’s 111th birth anniversary on September 28, reproduced below is “Why I am an Atheist”, an essay written by him in 1930 in Lahore Central Jail. The essay was a reply to his religious friends who thought Bhagat Singh became an atheist because of his vanity. Martyred on March 23, 1931, he was executed … More I have read of atheists facing all troubles quite boldly… Is this “vanity”? If it is, I stand for it…

Why should you Love Sonia? Why should it be part of syllabus for mandatory screening in colleges?

By Madhu Menon* It was on a Friday, preciously last Friday that my wife sent me an invitation to watch a movie called “Love Sonia” through SMS. I shot back to her saying that I had never even heard about such a film. She replied, that it was our kind of a film and you … More Why should you Love Sonia? Why should it be part of syllabus for mandatory screening in colleges?

Celebrating a long gone Hyderabad: The clocks on the Charminar do not tell the time anymore

By Mohan Guruswamy* Hyderabad was founded in 1591 when Muhammed Quli Qutb Shah (1580-1611 CE), the fifth sultan of the Qutb Shahi dynasty of Golconda, who laid the foundation of its iconic Charminar to symbolize the founding of Hyderabad. Hyderabad was intended as a citadel of Muslim power in the Deccan. Qutb Shah was an … More Celebrating a long gone Hyderabad: The clocks on the Charminar do not tell the time anymore

A bold mainstream Hindi movie on ‘the Muslim situation’ as it exists in India, circa 2018

By Vistasp Hodiwala* Mulk is a fine, fine movie, even if ten years too late. It is honest, sincere and has its heart in the right place throughout. (There will be a few spoilers ahead, so please proceed with discretion.) No, it is not about “The Good Muslim” who must be held up as some … More A bold mainstream Hindi movie on ‘the Muslim situation’ as it exists in India, circa 2018

Periyar was different from Gandhi, opposed to him, yet in his discovery of his cause he was like Gandhi

  Excerpts from “India: A Million Mutinies Now” by VS Naipaul, the celebrated Caribbean writer of Indo-Nepalese descent and Nobel Laureate who was born in Trinidad with British citizenship and died in London on August 11 at 85:  Within a day or so of the election result very big painted signboards began to appear in some places in the … More Periyar was different from Gandhi, opposed to him, yet in his discovery of his cause he was like Gandhi