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Cine Qua Non!

If we have one shared turf of experience, it's Hindi cinema. And since all the radio ga-ga over Pataudi's swishing blade, cricket's been our unofficial adhesive

Cine Qua Non!
Cine Qua Non!
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I was seven years old when Nehru died in 1964. Like thousands of other parents, mine took their children to watch his cortege pass. It didn't occur to them to leave the children at home; it never crossed our minds, my brother's and mine, that we shouldn't go. Panditji had died—it was the ordinary thing to do. I don't recall feeling sad or being particularly moved—I don't even have a memory of his cortege—but I remember I was reading The Rub-a-dub Mystery in hard covers. It was only the second novel I had read without help. I don't think I would have as clear a memory of it if my parents hadn't taken us along to see off Nehru.

Nehru had another seven years of half-life till the Bangladesh War finished him off. Mrs Gandhi completed her makeover into Shakti and emerged with an aura of her own, a fluorescent calendar art aura that soon became radioactive with Pokharan, the nuclear explosion for peaceful purposes in 1974. Luckily, the India that I took for granted as children do, the country that supplied the scenery for my life, was...

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