Even in his seventies, Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma of the legendary musical team of Laxmikant Pyarelal has the cherubic innocence of a child and the effusive humility of a waterfall. He was in the city to helm a musical night organised ...Read More


The Oscars this year was unexpected. There was real emotion in the air, not the fake chatter that often mimics the profession the show celebrates. There was Patricia Arquette asking for equal pay, and Meryl Streep shouting Yes! from the ...Read More

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Master percussionist V Selvaganesh is in the middle of a recording and the year ahead is packed with concerts in India and abroad. He was recently in Bengaluru to take part of the ninth edition of Idea Jalsa-Music For The ...Read More


A  ripple of nostalgia courses through you at the sight of stacks of cassettes in a recording shop. The kind of a shop in the bazaars of your hometown, where an obliging attendant took a playlist scribbled on a piece ...Read More


'2639' that was my library number at the local library I visited while I was growing up. I regularly went there during my early teenage years. Located between my high school and church, it also had a video library and provided services ...Read More


  The jingling of keys and the hesitant creaking of the iron gates herald the arrival of the freedom that I have been longing for all these years.The reasons that drove me into committing that ancient crime seems smudged from memory ...Read More

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I have had many teachers in life who taught me valuable lessons. However I have a special teacher named solitude that helps me keep my balance in many tight rope acts. In today’s life that moves at an unprecedented maddening ...Read More


Any social gathering, be it a wedding, a party or even a small family get together has a dangerous tendency to turn into a buzzing hive of gossip as long as there are enough people and delicious food to fuel ...Read More


Subamma was old, helpless and on the streets. Being paralysed from waist down she lived on just one spot on the earth – in the corner of a busy street in a small town in South India. She seemed to have appeared ...Read More


One thing a Sriram Raghavan film does not ever lack is atmosphere. Remember the menacing rats in 2004’s Ek Hasina Thi or the crazily inventive heist in Johnny Gaddaar (2007) or the shootout that starts from a baby’s pram in  ...Read More


Curtains of fog cloaked the ancient city of Agra at the crack of dawn in early January. A fog so thick that walking through it felt like ferreting through a bucket of whipped cream. Despite the hindrance it posed to ...Read More


Warm waves wash upon the sandy shore and tickle my toes, A cool breeze mingles with the salty air, Caresses my cheek and blows through my hair, Gulls fly lazily above me, And pelicans glide effortlessly. The sun hovers in and out of the puffy white ...Read More