The other day I saw a movie adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, with Al Pacino playing Shylock.
11 Aug 2018
What redeems bullfighting from being an act of senseless cruelty is the courage of the matador who while dealing death coolly faces it himself.
14 Jul 2018
Perhaps the best aperitif to the city is a morning stroll through the Plaza Mayor, the vast, cobblestoned square designed by Philip III in the 17th century.
16 Jun 2018
In one of the most dangerous developments facing the country today, a fundamental public sector undertaking (PSU) of the nation is being subversively privatised: violence.
19 May 2018
A lot of change to be crammed into so small an island, measuring only 1,865 sq km in area and with a population of little over a million.
21 Apr 2018
In Kashmir or in Palestine, in Syria or Sudan, one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.
24 Mar 2018
Renuka Chowdhury has been rebuked by the ruling party for her ‘inappropriate’ laughter in Parliament.
22 Feb 2018
When John le Carre was asked by a British interviewer why he did not immigrate to France or some other country where taxes were less punitive than in the UK, the novelist replied with an anecdote.
06 Jan 2018
In approximately the time it takes you to read this article, someone in this country will have committed suicide.
30 Nov 2017
Educationists and academics are up in arms about the increasing incidence of plagiarism in theses and dissertations submitted by post-graduate students doing higher research.
07 Oct 2017
Have humans created thinking machines (Artificial Intelligence, or AI) that are smarter than us and could end up enslaving us?
09 Sep 2017
That death is a shadow of a shadow called life has long been the central tenet of many spiritual credos.
13 Aug 2017
Midas, king of Phrygia, was granted a boon by Bacchus: Whatever the king touched, would turn to gold.
15 Jul 2017
Prohibition is like the Nehru jacket: an ideological costume that keeps returning despite periodic setbacks.
15 Jun 2017
This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whisper. And it’s a dying whisper.
18 May 2017
The mathematics of humour, or the humour of mathematics? You’re kidding, right? They’re as different as chalk and cheese. Or are they?
22 Apr 2017
In the film Il Postino, the village postman gives the girl he loves a poem he passes off as his own, though it has been written by Pablo Neruda.
25 Mar 2017
His haunting absence pervades the crowded, noisy café and renders it meaningless except as the place where Pierre is not.
25 Feb 2017
A crowd is the antithesis of a mob. Which of the two is more appropriate for India?
28 Jan 2017
After dinner my grandmother would tell us stories.
24 Dec 2016