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Mukul Kesavan

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Phantom Comics And Phantom Cigarettes: Collective Yearning For A Vanished Past

Phantom Comics And Phantom Cigarettes: Collective Yearning For A Vanished Past

Oct 06, 2021

Mukul Kesavan’s essay on middle-class nostalgia in India—looking back fondly at a time when Indians were worse-off than they are today.

Ink, Mortar And Canon

Ink, Mortar And Canon

Dec 26, 2014

A hundred essential books, chosen by our jury, and the reasons they should be read—and reread

Talking To My Selfie

Talking To My Selfie

Oct 24, 2014

It’s a palm-sized electronic alter ego. It both chains us and invests us with a new freedom.

Attitude Bollytude

Attitude Bollytude

May 25, 2012

Celebrating the arc-lit genius of a subcontinental art

The Moon Also Waxes

The Moon Also Waxes

Aug 13, 2011

Why isn’t good news getting the space it deserves? Is it too undramatic, does it sound implausible? Are we too much in the sway of the brute Indian reality?

1983, A Foreign Country

1983, A Foreign Country

Feb 12, 2011

That was a different time, cricket and life have changed since

A Mere Flick Of The Wrist

A Mere Flick Of The Wrist

May 09, 2009

Azhar's very name may turn Congress's 25 years of electoral misfortune here

No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home

Jan 03, 2009

In location and language, I was more an Agrawal from Delhi than an Iyengar from Mysore

Fully Loaded Magazine

Fully Loaded Magazine

Oct 11, 2008

In its 13 years, Outlook has honed a peculiarly Indian take on secular fair play that opens its pages to diversity and dissent

Kamala's Agony

Kamala's Agony

Jun 21, 2008

In lurid, tinny Tamil pulp, starlets rest cheek-by-jowl with gods. Remarkably satisfying.

No One Writes To The Prison Doc Anymore

No One Writes To The Prison Doc Anymore

May 10, 2008

A Jat playing bhadralok? Could it have been that he acted so well that we didn't even notice?

Harry's Sally

Harry's Sally

Jan 19, 2008

Coming from a world where institutions have collapsed, the provincial student displays an intensity the metropolitan lacks

Wrong One Up The Wicket

Wrong One Up The Wicket

Jan 12, 2008

Dodgy umpiring and onfield bluster have a symbiotic relation in Australia

And The Alarm Would Go, One, Two, Cha-Cha-Cha

And The Alarm Would Go, One, Two, Cha-Cha-Cha

Jan 05, 2008

Refugees from the streets, killers from next door, the terrible violence inside us

I, The Nation

I, The Nation

May 12, 2007

Austere, inward micro-patriotism: Mother India left a difficult legacy. We mostly need less abstract enemies.

Men At Work

Men At Work

Mar 03, 2006

Hipshot on the zebra by amber light/Bum cocked, knees spread for room, a little bent/He picks away at his crotch in plain sight/With unhurried, scientific detachment/This isn't a preliminary to sooing/So what's he doing?

Summer By Degrees

Summer By Degrees

Sep 29, 2005

My new year begins in mid-July and has done for 30 years, ever since I signed up to study history in Delhi University in the mid-1970s...

Grin And Bear It

Grin And Bear It

Jan 04, 2003

So the grinches stole Christmas and your faith in democracy. There's more to life. Isn't there? Cricket? Um.... The economy? Well, whatever. Just...

Alone on Mount Olympus

Alone on Mount Olympus

Mar 03, 2001

Bradman lives alone on Olympus. Tendulkar, the best batsman today, with an average hovering around 57, labours in the foothills.

A Paean To The Past

A Paean To The Past

Mar 18, 2000

A much-needed, comprehensive listing of Delhi's historical buildings

No Escaping The Nation-state

No Escaping The Nation-state

Dec 25, 1999

A nation-state is a state legitimised by the people.

The Slowest Steeplechase

The Slowest Steeplechase

Oct 09, 1999

Wonderland studios, slick potty seats and inaccurate number- crunching comprised polls on TV

A Second Audience

A Second Audience

Jul 24, 1999

Happily, Justin Trotter, home from limbo, is back on the shelves

A Symphony In Two Parts

A Symphony In Two Parts

Apr 10, 1999

Seth is better at describing his character's joyous passion for music than his brooding love

Themes 97: One-Day Democracy

Themes 97: One-Day Democracy

Dec 27, 1997

The Indian electorate shows a preference for the shorter game

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