Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021

The Process Is The Bloody Punishment

Jan 25, 2012 Lawrence Liang

The courts may have effectively circumscribed Sec 153A and 295A of the IPC by limiting the circumstances under which they may be invoked, yet as long as they exist in a form that allows for anyone to file a police complaint, their job is done.

Author Romesh Gunesekera signs a petition to reconsider the ban on Salman Rushdie's <i>The Satanic Verses</i> aswriter Anni Zaidi, looks on at the Jaipur Literature Festival, in Jaipur.

Name The Unnameable

Jan 23, 2012 Salil Tripathi

As writers organise for the ban on The Satanic Verses to be lifted, the battle to undo the damage of the past quarter century has begun. It is time for India to wake up.

Canapé Capers

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

Mar 20, 2007 Ruchir Joshi

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!"

Days Of Wine And Poses

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.

26 May, 2006

Write Of Way

Ruchir Joshi

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

12 May, 2006

A Place To Hang Your Art

Ruchir Joshi

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.

28 April, 2006

Bring Back The Movies

Ruchir Joshi

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?

21 April, 2006

In Memoriam

Ruchir Joshi

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.

07 April, 2006

No Free Launches

Ruchir Joshi

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...

31 March, 2006

Frame By Frame

Ruchir Joshi

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.

24 March, 2006

Scotch Free

Ruchir Joshi

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."

17 March, 2006

Ageing Like Wine

Ruchir Joshi

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.

10 March, 2006

Chanson d'amour

Ruchir Joshi

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?

03 March, 2006

Free Launch

Ruchir Joshi

'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.'

17 February, 2006

Installed Capacity

Ruchir Joshi

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.

06 January, 2006

Cinéma Vérité

Ruchir Joshi

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

06 October, 2005

Our Man In Paris

Ruchir Joshi

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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A Turkmenistan army soldier with a shepherd dog Alabay rides a pickup during a military parade celebrating the country's 30th independence anniversary in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The pomp-filled parade took place in...

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In this photo provided by the United Nations, Secretary General Antonio Guterres, center, meets Greek Cypriot Leader Nicos Anastasiades, left, and Turkish Cypriot Leader Ersin Tatar, at U.N. headquarters.

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A coca farmer throws back a tear gas canister fired by riot police during clashes near the coca market in La Paz, Bolivia. The anti-government coca farmers tried to take over the coca market by force for the eighth day,...

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks to reporters about lifting of a state of emergency at his official residence in Tokyo. Suga is expected to announce a lifting of the ongoing coronavirus state of emergency...

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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifts off carrying the Landsat 9 earth imaging satellite from Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif.. It is the latest in a series of U.S. satellites that has recorded human and...

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