The Telegraph
Since 1st March, 1999
Varieties of chauvinism
Several years ago, I wrote a piece in this space on the names of city streets. I spoke of the renaming of Calcutta’s Harrington Street as Ho Chi Minh Sarani, and of the dropping of caste surnames in Chennai streets. However, my article dealt mostly w...  | Read.. 
Letters to the Editor
Why spare the babus?
Sir — Whichever government comes to power in the next general elections, the disinvestment of publi ...  | Read.. 
Brave ending
Sir — Although the British reality-television star, Jade Goody, had became famous for her racist co ...  | Read.. 
Enemy within
Sir — In his article, “Pakistan ’s achievement” (March 24), Ashok V. Desai is wrong when he says th ...  | Read.. 
Parting shot
Sir — My heartiest congratulations to The Telegraph for carrying Mithu Alur’s article on the ...  | Read.. 
Bob Petrella, in his late fifties, and Jill Price, in her early forties, have unnaturally retentive memories. Ms Price rememb...| Read.. 
Stories about women
Three Bengali directors approach gynocentric material in their latest works with different degrees of bravery. Through Rangrup’s Jalchhabi (picture), we welcome to the...  | Read.. 
Birds of a feather
Humour seldom takes centre stage in contemporary Indian art, especially if the art deals with as grave a subject as the Nation. Balaji Ponna’s Black-Smoke (Bose Pacia, ...  | Read.. 
Delicate harmony
Benoit Mandelbrot, a French mathematician, had coined the term, fractal, in 1975. Natural objects that are close to fractals to some extent are clouds, mountain ranges, lightn...  | Read.. 
Merry mood
Ekhon Basanta, Srabasti’s presentation of a medley of songs, dance and poetry at the Town Hall on February 28, was a tribute to the spirit of spring. Conceived and chor...  | Read.. 
Between dream and reality
Seeing the state of turmoil Pakistan is in today, I wonder what its chief architect and founding-father, Quaid-e-Azam Muhamma...  | Read.. 
‘I think oysters are more beautiful than any religion,’ he resumed....‘They not only forgive our unkindness to them; they justify it, they incite us to go on being perfectly horrid to them. Once they arrive at the supper-table they seem to enter thoroughly into the spirit of the thing. There’s nothing in Christianity or Buddhism that matches the sympathetic unselfishness of an oyster. — SAKI