The ox that brings good tidings

Be it Diwali, Pongal or the Tamil New Year, the boom boom maadu is part of the festivities in most parts of Tamil Nadu, although it is becoming a rarity in urban locations of late. Excited children run to the gate as soon as they hear the

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A nostalgic trip to my alma mater

Last month a small group of us decided to visit our old college in Delhi University, the academically venerable but very low profile Hindu College. It brought back some wonderful memories. As the name suggests, the college was started in 1899 as a nationalist college. The old college magazines contain a

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Quintessential Vajpayee

When former Prime ­Minister A B Vajpayee passed away in August 2018, there was a spontaneous outpouring of grief. Even from those who are opposed to the BJP and its ideology, because by and large Vajpayee was considered a man of moderation. There was

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Absence of strong views

Like everyone else I have also acquired friends over the years but retained only a few, 27 in all if you want to know. These retained friends fall into five broad categories: economists, journalists, accountants, bureaucrats and historians. Strangely, I don’t have any engineers and doctors as friends. I do know

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