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Mayank Chhaya
Journalist trying to be a full-time writer
Interests: Everything and nothing.
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Professor Abhay Ashtekar (Picture: A frame from I did a shorter news agency version of this story for the IANS wire which has been published worldwide today. My blog affords me the opportunity to publish the full version in... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at South Asia Daily
Sinicization is a powerful tool of the Chinese government that has worked with insidious efficiency in Tibet. It has also been employed in the north-western region of Xinjiang where the region’s Uyghur Muslims (pronounced we-ghur) are being coercively assimilated into... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at South Asia Daily
Banksy’s ‘Girl with a red balloon’ partly shredded (A grab from official video). My first reflexive reaction to Banksy’s painting ‘Girl with a balloon’ getting shredded as soon as the final bid of $1.4 million was realized at Sotheby’s was... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at South Asia Daily
It is both deeply disturbing and highly instructive how it is a single life that often changes a debate fundamentally. As I read several reports about the alleged death by murder of the Washington Post columnist of Saudi origin, Jamal... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at South Asia Daily
There was nothing path-breaking or particularly original when I wrote the following a couple of days ago in the context of Pakistan reaching out to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout. Going to the IMF is always a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at South Asia Daily
You make a fair point, Bharatbhai, but that's how it is. Most people do not even know about Narsinh Mehta, let alone even care.
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US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley with President Donald Trump on October 9. (Photo: Screengrab from CNN) The following analysis is out worldwide on the IANS, India’s largest independent news service. By Mayank Chhaya, Indo-Asian News Service Chicago: Nikki... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at South Asia Daily
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan (extreme right) chairing a high-level meeting yesterday. (Photo: I know nothing about how and why international currencies rise and fall against the dollar and how their values are determined and by whom. Who does?... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at South Asia Daily
A cocoon wrap based on my painting at VIDA There does not appear to be any science to the ratio between the number of likes for a merchandise and its sale. I occasionally track the sales of merchandise such as... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at South Asia Daily
As an impromptu exercise this morning I decided to read two news features—at the extreme ends of the spectrum of human existence—simultaneously. Two paragraphs here, two there and then back again. One was a piece in The Guardian headlined “Beheadings,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at South Asia Daily
‘Woman Chilling’—Mayank Chhaya There is next to prospect of my visiting Le Trayas, a small village in the Var province of South France. Until the day before yesterday I did not even know there was a place called Le Trayas.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2018 at South Asia Daily
I am acutely aware that I have been pushing the case for generously acknowledging Narsinh Mehta, the great poet-philosopher of Gujarat (1414-1480), as the writer of ‘Vishnav Jan To’ with obsessive zeal. That it is not working only makes the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at South Asia Daily
‘Woman chilling’ by Mayank Chhaya* Mind does what mind wants to do. I gave up a long time ago trying to figure out why my mind leaps from theme to theme, often in the middle of the night being awakened... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at South Asia Daily
An artist impression of the newly discovered dwarf planet the Goblin. (Image courtesy: Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington. Shakespeare had it pretty much covered for the ages when he wrote in the play Julius Caesar, “The fault, dear Brutus,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at South Asia Daily
The following piece is out on the IANS wire today worldwide. On a somewhat related note, India’s Ministry of External Affairs (foreign ministry) has produced a slick video about this very song and its global reach. For me, this is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2018 at South Asia Daily
‘Sitara-e-sahar’ (Morning Star)--MC It may seem strange to begin a new week, on a Monday morning, with painting and poetry. That is because I believe all days are good for painting and poetry. The ghazal below begins with a verse... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Andromeda Galaxy, NASA, ESA, J. Dalcanton, B.F. Williams and L.C. Johnson (University of Washington), the PHAT team and R. Gendler This weekend promises the best view of the Andromeda Galaxy, our Milky Way galaxy’s nearest galactic neighbor. When I say... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Cup & Vase, Zao Wou-Ki This morning on one of my daily browsing of art, I came upon this lovely watercolor by the brilliant Chinese painter Zao Wou-Ki (1920-2013) on Sotheby’s. As it happens frequently, I felt prompted do a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Woman in brown 1 & 2--MC That’s all for today. Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Watching President Donald Trump’s rather strangely entertaining news conference yesterday I was reminded of a post that I wrote on August 8, 2015. I have to quote from it to make a point about some of his comments during the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Umbrella Man Growing up in the utterly mercantile city of Ahmedabad I became accustomed to hearing many catchphrases that shop owners use to sell their stuff. At the top of the list in the late 1960s and early 1970s was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at South Asia Daily
It is always exciting when what began as a few quick strokes on paper becomes a painting that finally goes on to become a book cover. This new book by friend Rasik Shah, which uses my painting as its cover... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Being less than a marginal presence of Twitter—278 followers as of now and 8292 tweets since March 2009—I am always surprised when someone likes a tweet of mine or retweets one. Given that, what has happened with my tweet about... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Chicago near South Delano Court—Mayank Chhaya Chicago downtown is an enchanting visual spectacle on most days. On days when the light is crisp as it was yesterday, the rewards are extraordinary. Dear friend and fellow journalist Ashok Easwaran and I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2018 at South Asia Daily
The implication of this tweet from Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan seems to be that India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a “small man occupying a big office.” Or at least that is what I am choosing to gratuitously interpret... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2018 at South Asia Daily