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Opinion  /  Published 25.12.18

Art transforms a town

In the second half of December, the air conditioners in Panjim are still on, full blast. Late in the evening, the breeze comes off the river and makes the paper star lanterns twist a bit but otherwise...
By Ruchir Joshi in

Opinion  /  Published 09.12.19

Over time, a different melody

As a child, I would be forced to listen to All India Radio when my father tuned in to the broadcasts of khayal in the morning. With the acquisition of a radiogram and its record player came the compet...
By Ruchir Joshi in

Opinion  /  Published 26.08.19

Racism: Communalism's echoes in Europe

If you have a notion that the official relationship between India and France is centred around mutual admiration for each others’ cultures, or perhaps the shared idea of democracy and freedom, mull ...
By Ruchir Joshi in

Opinion  /  Published 11.06.19

The plastic 'carpet-bombing' of India

As soon as the Rajdhani leaves Delhi, a man comes around with our bottles of Rail Neer and a small bottle of hard plastic containing a thimble of spicy lassi. A bit later he comes back with the tea se...
By Ruchir Joshi in

Opinion  /  Published 28.05.19

All NDA seats have been won by Modi

So the long drawn-out mess of these elections is finally over. Those who claimed that Modi-Shah’s BJP-RSS would return with an increased majority were right. Those who projected — or hoped — tha...
By Ruchir Joshi in

Opinion  /  Published 11.12.18

The nasty responses of powerful people

Watching Virat Kohli’s team win the first Test should have caused elation. I don’t know when was the last time that India began an away series against a major cricketing rival with a Test win; Che...
By Ruchir Joshi in

Opinion  /  Published 23.07.19

The flawed genius of Diego Maradona

When I first came across Diego Maradona in a packed pub in Central London on a hot June day in 1986, I ran away. That day, I was walking around the city with two desi women friends, neither of whom ha...
By Ruchir Joshi in

Opinion  /  Published 12.02.19

Berlin is high on a heady cocktail of cinema

The Berlinale, or the Berlin International Film Festival, has been a happy tramping ground for Calcutta film-makers for a long time. Over the decades several directors from our city have made their wa...
By Ruchir Joshi in

Opinion  /  Published 11.11.19

A verdict on the republic

There are many ways in which you can define the people who think differently from you. There are extreme ways in which you can think of the ones who are diametrically opposed to your way of thinking. ...
By Ruchir Joshi in

Opinion  /  Published 26.03.19

Neighbouritis Ultra, a.k.a. Redecoritis

Someone I know has been suffering from a strange and extreme kind of neighbouritis. The illness normally afflicts one because the people living next door, or in the close vicinity, enter into some act...
By Ruchir Joshi in


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