J S Ifthekhar

Don’t let the calendar fool you this New Year

The year-end revelry, rather madness, is about to begin. Where to let the hair down and whom to shake a leg with.

21 Dec 2018

News, rumours about a Hyderabad icon

The place remains chaotic, loud and as frenzied as ever.

19 Nov 2018

When a teacher sang in an exam hall

Some were writing furiously, some trying hard to jog their memory and a few squirmed in their seats.

06 Sep 2018

The mad rush to get rich quick

Time was when palming off a khota sikka (disfigured coin) at the local provisional store was considered a big fraud.

04 Aug 2018

Why steal the sweet little ones?

It was a touching moment, one that left everyone teary-eyed. The woman sobbed uncontrollably as she hugged her seven-day-old baby.

14 Jul 2018

Consumerism in the month of fasting

What Dasara is to Mysuru, Ramzan is to Hyderabad.

14 Jun 2018

Build a bigger table, not a higher fence

It is the season of giving. Being a do-gooder, lending a hand and making a difference. Charity liberates the soul of the giver and benefits him more than the receiver.

02 Jun 2018

One makes you sweat and the other fret

Heat, sweat and the sticky feeling of here we go again. There is no turning away from this unpleasant situation.

17 May 2018

Surrounded by a pack of dogs at midnight

The rich man’s guardian and the poor man’s friend.

02 May 2018

Finding Shakespeare on Hyderabad’s roads

While traditional bookstores are struggling to survive, those dealing in second-hand books continue to prosper.

23 Apr 2018

Life is a journey, so enjoy the ride

One’s lonely, two’s company and three’s a crowd. But we were slightly more than a cricket team. Seventeen in all—from infants to adolescents and adults.

23 Mar 2018

Respect women for who they are

What’s all this fuss about Women’s Day? It was a simple question our maidservant asked the other day.

13 Mar 2018

Precious lives lost just for a picture

But first, let me take a selfie.

22 Feb 2018

At gunpoint in a dense, dark jungle

Into the wild I go—losing the way, finding the soul. I was always attracted to the lure of the jungle, the unfamiliar terrain.

27 Jan 2018