Two Songs For The Weekend.

Tony Askew, my super boss at BetzDearborn had an acerbic wit. Although he was British, he lived most of his life in America, and I guess, this was the reason, his humour was not the understated kind one normally sees with British people. He spent few years in India and we were fortunate to learn... Continue Reading →

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Taxi Driver – 1976

I started watching Hollywood movies in the mid seventies when I was in high school. So, all the movies I watched are still etched in memory. Though it is tenth in the series, the first Bond film I watched was 'The Spy Who Loved Me.' I was into watching action blockbusters ala Enter The Dragon,... Continue Reading →

One Down – Twenty To Go.

I am stuck in Chennai. We are in health space. So our staff are working. I had a chance to get out on the last flight to Hyderabad but decided to stay back to provide moral support to our staff. Mohan Ram, being a doctor, is visiting emergency cases. He has a licence to roam.... Continue Reading →

Rubber Head – Rajesh Khanna.

Rajesh Khanna was a very popular Actor, probably the first Super Star of Indian Cinema. He produced fifteen solo hit films in a span of three years. I don't think this record is matched by anyone. Young women adored him; his songs were hummed by everyone. He became a member of the parliament and won... Continue Reading →

Good Luck India.

Many years ago, 1983 to be precise, India faced the mighty West Indies in the opening match of World Cup One Cricket Tournament. They beat the odds and won the game. Few weeks later, they made history when they faced West Indies in the final and beat them again. Almost four decades later, few hours... Continue Reading →

Only Two Castes – Sujatha.

Vinay, my nephew thinks that the competition in India is scary today for getting a job. Of course, being a millennial, he would not know about the India with its noble(?) socialistic ideas which was making the country progress with two to three percent growth. Forget competition, there were no jobs except for the ones... Continue Reading →

Examination – Asokamitran

One of my favourite Asokamitran's story. As I have mentioned in my earlier translations of his stories, Flag Hoisting – Asokamitran, Two Finger Typing – Asokamitran, Asokamitran does not dwell too much on description or commentary. A sentence or two and he would jump to conversation. But that sentence or two would always stay in memory. I... Continue Reading →

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