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Four Lankan Masters


The Telegraph

In forty years of watching international cricket, one of the absolute highlights was an innings I saw by the stocky Sri Lankan Duleep Mendis. This was at Delhi’s Ferozeshah Kotla ground, in the first week of November 1975. Sri Lanka, who had not yet been awarded Test status, were touring India, and playing the North Zone [...]

By |2014-07-22T14:51:04+00:00June 28th, 2014|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , |

The Poet as Prankster


The Telegraph

It was the late D. R. Nagaraj who first told me about Siddalingaiah’s autobiography. We were at Koshy’s Parade’s Café in Bangalore, nursing our respective drinks (rum in his case, coffee in mine), when I said that Indian autobiographies, even the best ones, tended to be too serious. One couldn’t remember a single joke or witticism [...]

By |2014-06-26T18:31:08+00:00June 14th, 2014|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , , |

The Forgotten Gujarati Prime Minister


The Hindustan Times

During the election campaign, Narendra Modi said several times that he wished Vallabhbhai Patel had become India’s first Prime Minister. In Patel’s memory, he promised to built a ‘Statue of Unity’ grander than the Statue of Liberty itself. Mr Modi never spelt out why he admires Patel so much. I suppose it is because the Sardar [...]

By |2014-06-26T18:20:15+00:00June 8th, 2014|Categories: Politics and Current Affairs|Tags: , , , |