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Just Like That | From witty one-liners to humorous viral memes: Why humour is the safety valve of a vibrant democracy

India, June 9 -- Now that the national elections are over, it's time to lessen the bitterness and acrimony and learn to laugh at ourselves. Politicians tend to take themselves too seriously. They begi... Read More


Just Like That | In Pune crash, a mirror to our class hypocrisies

India, June 2 -- On May 19, 2024, a 17-year-old juvenile in Pune, allegedly drunk, rammed his father's Porsche at breakneck speed into two young techies, killing them instantly. He was arrested, but t... Read More


Just Like That | Raja Bhoj: The overlooked scholar-king of ancient Bhopal

India, May 26 -- Many years ago, as a child, I lived in Bhopal. I was studying at Scindia School, Gwalior, but used to visit Bhopal during the holidays since my father was posted there by the state go... Read More


JUST LIKE THAT | Timeless tunes: A debate on the most romantic songs in Hindi cinema

India, May 19 -- Some days ago, at an informal dinner, after everyone had discussed the ongoing elections to the hilt, one guest suddenly changed the subject. She asked, "What, according to each of yo... Read More


Just Like That | The forgotten Urdu poet who once challenged Indira Gandhi with his verses

India, May 12 -- It was January 2013. I had just resigned a month ago from the Indian Foreign Service and left Bhutan, where I was the Ambassador, to join politics under Nitish Kumar. He had appointed... Read More


Just Like That | The best President India failed to have

India, May 5 -- I think most people will agree that Karan Singh - philosopher, statesman, writer and orator - was the best President our Republic never got. The sad part is that Rashtrapati Bhavan was... Read More


Just Like That | Rethinking life and death in the age of longevity

India, April 28 -- My father died at the age of 49 in 1965 from an ailing heart condition. I was only 11 years old then. Just a decade or so later, the cause of his death had an easy cure through a st... Read More


Just Like That | The lives, loves and legacies of Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, and Dev Anand

India, April 21 -- If the three Khans - Shahrukh, Aamir and Salman - are considered the reigning kings of Bollywood today, there was another generation where a triumvirate was the unchallenged supremo... Read More


Just Like That | Behind the enduring veg vs non-veg debate

India, April 14 -- Pandara Park in New Delhi is famous for its eateries. In particular, non-vegetarian ones like Havemore and Gulati have acquired legendary status. These are not upmarket joints but s... Read More


Just Like That | Why Indian art is a blip on the big global canvas

India, April 7 -- The year was 1960. KP Singh, now chairman emeritus of the real estate giant, DLF, was then an officer of the Indian Army. He was travelling from Secunderabad to Delhi. At the station... Read More