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Doomsday Is Not In The Future. It’s Here And Now

Doomsday Is Not In The Future. It’s Here And Now

Dec 29, 2021

There is going to be no 'pralay' as we have imagined in our conceptions of the apocalypse as a single mythic event.

Budhha Baba, Turn The Cap

Budhha Baba, Turn The Cap

May 29, 2015

Old Monk, the brown sage-head Indian men swear allegiance to

Well, They Weren’t Really Eighteen

Well, They Weren’t Really Eighteen

Oct 25, 2013

Coming of age at 18? No, in India, we do things a little differently. But as blank slates go, the hope is our youth will not be led and will learn to dance their own dance.

The Trojan Horse of Happiness

The Trojan Horse of Happiness

Nov 18, 2011

Ever since GLIP, or the Great Leap Into Profit, our happiness has fused with the desire for unattainable objects and lifestyles

The Eye Of The Beholder

The Eye Of The Beholder

Dec 05, 2009

In the post-porn fantasy world, every man is a stud star, every woman a risque raani

Canapé Capers

Canapé Capers

Jul 17, 2007

There is no more callous, matlabi and blindered creature than a modern art-apparatchik, I suspect not just in Navi Delhi but all over this sorry planet...

Burnt Toast

Burnt Toast

Mar 20, 2007

So why were the waiters so solicitous to our dillittante? "Our third friend, who's looking the most stylishly jhalla of us all offers an explanation: "It's the entertainment value. Look at all the others! They are so boring!"

Nava Nava Purush

Nava Nava Purush

Dec 02, 2006

Perhaps it's time to imagine an Indian New Man into existence...

Single In New Deloo

Single In New Deloo

Oct 21, 2006

No need to buy this strange little compilation for your bathroom bookshelf, go read it at a bookstore in half-an-hour.

Days Of Wine And Poses

Days Of Wine And Poses

Jun 02, 2006

It's my theory that, just like a piece of land that shouldn't be over-cultivated, no city should be over-watered with Culture, and Delhi certainly is a prime victim of this phenomena.

Lndn Smaks Me

Lndn Smaks Me

May 27, 2006

This 343-pg medium-fat-boy comes with plenty of surface sass and shiny digit-beads. Sure, it's kind of readable, (slong as u in't expectin a deep Joyce Ulysses type multi-level PDA)

Write Of Way

Write Of Way

May 26, 2006

The cherub is standing next to Amit Chaudhuri and it makes a beautifully complete picture--cute Pravasi Bongs will always rule philistinous cities such as Delhi, no matter what shape they come in

A Place To Hang Your Art

A Place To Hang Your Art

May 12, 2006

While it is too early to proclaim the divide between the arty-ratti and the aam-public extinct, there is a start in that direction.

Bring Back The Movies

Bring Back The Movies

Apr 28, 2006

Why doesn't going to the multiplex and paying through your nose provide the kind of rush it used to in the early days, oh those eight-nine long years ago? Why is it, in fact, more often than not, such a bum trip?

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Apr 21, 2006

Dillittante would like to salute the passing of a great fellow Dillittante and Dil-e-Tant, Bhaskar Bhattacharya, aka Duster to some, BB to others, and Bhaskar-da to this writer.

No Free Launches

No Free Launches

Apr 07, 2006

There has developed in Delhi a connoisseurship of the participatory performance form called the `Booklaunch'. Recently, two fairly different ones from the genre, were held on consecutive evenings...

Shrimati Agatha Christie?

Shrimati Agatha Christie?

Apr 01, 2006

Okay, somebody please release blood-coloured smoke from the high chimney of Homicide House, for we, at last, seem to have found someone who fits the bill.

Frame By Frame

Frame By Frame

Mar 31, 2006

A great natural tragedy bites into a coast equally very far from Batra Hospital and the DU Campus. A a psuedo-cynical 'NGO manager' goes down to see and finds the Calcutta photographer waking up again inside him.

Scotch Free

Scotch Free

Mar 24, 2006

Knowing how keenly I feel this lack in my life, a kind friend took me along to a carded launch for a Single Malt whisky. "How come, me?" I asked my pal. "She wasn't free," he said tersely, "she hates whisky."

Ageing Like Wine

Ageing Like Wine

Mar 17, 2006

Girija Devi accompanied by Kishan Maharaj on the tabla. It was cold and the old lady had a slight sore throat. The old gent, 82 years old to be precise had apparently been told firmly by his doctors to stop playing in concerts. Result: sheer magic.

Chanson d'amour

Chanson d'amour

Mar 10, 2006

This is not a review column, and furthermore it's a column specifically prohibited from gushing, so why was our cynic's cynic flood-eyed and on the verge of howling?

Free Launch

Free Launch

Mar 03, 2006

'Did you go to the Seth launch in Bombay?' I ask a friend who's moved to Sewer-by-the-Sea recently. 'Yes,' she replies, 'but, you know, it wasn't like a proper Delhi launch.'

Installed Capacity

Installed Capacity

Feb 17, 2006

When fat know-nothings inject a long snigger into "oh, so you're going to see some installation, huh?" it tends to raise my avant-gardist hackles. "Yes, why? Do you mind?" I reply.

Cinéma Vérité

Cinéma Vérité

Jan 06, 2006

In case you think making an art film is a bit of a jaunt, get rid of the idea. And if you somehow manage to make one, don't be too sure that you'd get to see it

Our Man In Paris

Our Man In Paris

Oct 06, 2005

It's inconceivable that someone like Vijai could have emerged from any other place in India. It will not be forgotten that he came from here, Neu-Delhi. Just one reason why we are the Boss Town.

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