Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Man Who Would Be King

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By Sunil Kumar This one’s going to be about the far frontiers again; the land known as Nuristan or Kafiristan on the present-day Pak-Afghan border. Back in the times when Lahore was the capital and the most vibrant city in …

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Governance, Anarchy And Hypocrisy

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By Sunil Kumar The country is close to its sixty fourth republic day. Even though we have achieved a substantial amount in all these years; governance these days has been reduced to a daily charade; a chronic dystopian version of …

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More Power To The People; Local Decisions And Inclusion

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By Sunil Kumar Social gatherings can be a harbinger of things to come; or the lack of change within. Freedom of expression is the best thing in Indian democracy; if it is not hampered by vested interests. In that respect …

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In Tharoor We Trust

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By Sunil Kumar The events of the past few days have been nothing short of a Agatha Christie potboiler; or something Shashi Tharoor wrote himself in his multiple novels. As an erudite international jetsetter who condescended to travel with the …

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Democracy And Corruption

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By Sunil Kumar Endless debates on television channels notwithstanding, today I’m going to write about “Democracy and Corruption: A View from the Green Zone“; a fascinating insightful lecture by Dr. Thomas Blom Hansen. Although Dr. Hansen, in my humble opinion, …

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Bullets Over Broadway

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By Sunil Kumar Spectacles, neuroses and verbal diarrhea. Woody Allen Movies have all of these in plenty. I am partial to the first two; since I share these characteristics. Verbal diarrhea can be jarring; particularly for those who have to …

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Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda

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By Sunil Kumar If metaphysics is the food of life; play on. So today’s blog is going to be about Shyam Benegal‘s “Suraj Ka Satvan Ghoda“(Seventh Horse Of The Sun) circa 1992. In conventional critic’s terms; this movie would qualify …

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Mythology And Storytelling

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By Sunil Kumar A point raised by somebody recently got me thinking; “Do all stories in Indian soaps have their basis in the rich mythology of the country?” In the increasingly glam world of soaps that intrude into the nation’s …

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He Who Must Not Be Named!

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By Sunil Kumar Anyone familiar with the Harry Potter literary canon knows about Lord Voldemort; the evil nemesis behind any nefarious plan hatched by the pure-bloods against the Muggles; the half human semi magical community. J.K Rowling‘s creation has spanned …

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Lutyen’s Delhi

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By Sunil Kumar In the narrow course of our existence; there’s nothing constant except death and taxes.  So said a wise philosopher whose name I recall sometimes. Today’s blog is going to be about Lutyen’s Delhi. The name is synonymous …

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