February 27, 2020


  • Monday
  • 15 July, 2013
Rare Cockpitry

The deal to start operations of AirAsia India—the common man's airline—firmed up, the joint venture's advisor, Ratan Tata, takes charge of the controls. The limp thumbs-up is being delivered by group chief Tony Fernandes.

One Mistake

Chetan Bhagat, cult aut­hor for the neo-literate, spins around Gujarat for a NatGeo series, sponsored by a carmaker. “I want to see the real India," says he, though a Siddi village (see Books) finds him probably con­­t­acting an exotic call-centre. 

Not In Chennai

Where are they going, a slouching, ochre-toned Deepika Padukone revving up her rusty, stationary Bajaj scooter, a grimly determined Shahrukh clinging on? A warning (publicity) shot for pea-brained Boll­ywood's stupidest south-watching movie. That's an achievement in itself.

Jamaican Welcome

The tide is high, the surf is green, the rum's served, and cricket's but a distant screen.... That's doggerel in case you didn't not­ice, but both ter­rible commentary and uninspiring cricket at Kingston's Sab­ina Park couldn't distract us from the beach bea­uties on display.


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