Opinion  /  Published 15.12.18

Your chaiwala will change his tone

We turned away. We turned away from each other. But I am changing my tone now. I am not you.I am not part of this “we”. I am separate. I am removed. I am above. Remember.I am Mahadeb.What did you ...
By Sankarshan Thakur in

Culture  /  Published 17.11.18

What we the People did to you the People

We are here. Now. At this time. At this moment. A million years years later, how would they know what happened here? What happened now? What happened to us? What was done to us? What happened to other...
By Sankarshan Thakur in

Culture  /  Published 03.11.18

So time Flies and Then it Also crawls

I have been gone I know. I have been gone a while. From the incessant servings of tea and from that cart of mine upon which sits my kettle and my stove and my hunched throne of wood and beaten tin. I ...
By Sankarshan Thakur in

Opinion  /  Published 20.01.19

In the land of the FirstEvers

So fair. And so fitting. TheChaiwala is bestowed the FirstEver Ketli Award. The absolute Absolutist of FirstEvers. FirstEver rider on an amphibian jahaaj. FirstEver celebrant of “Ghar mein shaadi ha...
By Sankarshan Thakur in

Culture  /  Published 22.12.18

Raam, remember you are Mahadeb’s Avatar

I hear this strange thing. That you are looking for accommodation? In a mortal place? Some even tell me you are looking for accommodation in a disputed place? As in, that place is the subject of a tit...
By Sankarshan Thakur in

India  /  Published 14.05.19

Country wants 'pure' Prime Minister, not 'chaiwala or chowkidar': Mayawati

Launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BSP supremo Mayawati on Tuesday said the country will not be 'deceived' by 'dual characters' anymore and it now wants only a Prime Minister...
By PTI in Lucknow

India  /  Published 22.04.19

A Modi fan who became a chaiwala says: Sorry, I can’t become a chowkidar now

If the vote is the loudest voice of the unheard, the megaphones are often monopolised by pundits, pollsters and politicians. In election season, everybody swears by Dalits but have we really listened ...
By Imran Ahmed Siddiqui in Aligarh

West Bengal  /  Published 19.04.19

Didi’s rasogolla vs Modi’s laddu in bitter-sweet duel

Laddu lure meets rasogolla riposte.Bengal’s “sweet” poll duel turned more syrupy on Friday after Mamata Banerjee declared the BJP would win a rasogolla, or zero seats, in the state.The statement...
By Kousik Sen in Gangarampur

India  /  Published 29.03.19

No cup left unturned

The railways on Friday were scalded by controversy after social media erupted with photographs of teacups served on the Delhi-Kathgodam Shatabdi Express emblazoned with the tagline “Main bhi chowkid...
By Our Special Correspondent in New Delhi

Culture  /  Published 01.12.18

A canister beating itself

Bear with me. I begin where I left off.Between the week gone and the week to come, I’ve waited here, on the stage and on the microphone, like well-brought up folks should wait. For their turn. I was...
By Sankarshan Thakur in


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