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Mayank Chhaya
Journalist trying to be a full-time writer
Interests: Everything and nothing.
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‘The De-Luxe Tailors’, oil on canvas, Bhupen Khakhar, 1972 I look forward to an upcoming Sotheby’s auction in London on October 24 because it features this remarkable work by Bhupen Khakhar (1934-2003) titled ‘The De-Luxe Tailors’. Painted in 1972 it... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at South Asia Daily
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Congress Party vice president Rahul Gandhi I did the following Comment for the IANS wire. It is out today worldwide. By Mayank Chhaya Chicago: Two weeks of a well-orchestrated tour of America may not be enough to answer whether Congress... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at South Asia Daily
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Dear friend, fellow poet and raconteur Bharat Thakkar’s novel ‘The Teen Rebel’ is now available on Amazon. The 222-page novel charts the story of an Indian American teenager in Silicon Valley battling family and community pressures to commit to a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at South Asia Daily
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Today, for absolutely no reason, three versions of my Stonehenge. Incidentally, I have never visited there. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at South Asia Daily
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U.S. President addressing the United Nations General Assembly It is easy to get distracted by President Donald Trump’s construct “rocket man” in his maiden speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). It would be an equivalent of saying “SQUIRREL!”... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at South Asia Daily
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I had done a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh’s farmers as well as my own series titled ‘Aranya’, meaning forest in Sanskrit. While Aranya is acrylic-watercolor-pastel on paper, Farmer is crayon-pastel-watercolor on paper. This morning I used Microsoft Word to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at South Asia Daily
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Former White House Press secretary Sean Spicer at the Emmys. There are two ways to spin Alec Baldwin’s Emmy for his portrayal of Donald Trump. One is to say—and this is unintentionally in Trump’s favor—that Trump is so remarkable and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at South Asia Daily
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Umbrella Man—MC That’s all for today. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at South Asia Daily
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I have been spellbound since last evening by the works of a 16th century Chinese master called Qiu Ying (1494-1552). As always, I chanced upon his breathtaking works on Google Arts & Culture. My first reaction on looking at Qiu’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2017 at South Asia Daily
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Saturn by Cassini (Image: NASA) Giovanni Cassini, the Italian astronomer after whom NASA named its Cassini mission to Saturn, died on September 12, 1712. As a cheap gimmick NASA could have crashed the spacecraft onto Saturn yesterday to coincide with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at South Asia Daily
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Untitled by MC I have this concept of perpetually shifting slices of realities within an infinite number of parallel universes. In order to get a handle on what I am proposing you have to imagine an infinite number of parallel... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at South Asia Daily
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Mont Sainte-Victoire Seen from the Bibémus Quarry, Paul Cézannec. 1897 I started watching ‘Cézanne et Moi’, directed by Danièle Thompson, about a remarkable friendship and falling out between the painter Paul Cézanne and the writer Emile Zola. They both grew... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at South Asia Daily
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It happened in 1977 in Ahmedabad when I was 16. I was waiting for a bus near Ashram Road. I had worn a new HMT watch that I had been gifted by my maternal uncles. It was late in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at South Asia Daily
I have just begun reading 'Hitler: Ascent, 1889-1939' by Volker Ullrich despite my Hitler-fatigue. Over the past four decades I have read several books about him individually or the Second World War, including the masterful journalistic account 'The Rise and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at South Asia Daily
Ten years ago, when Narendra Modi was Gujarat’s chief minister and preparing for the state assembly elections I did a piece for the IANS wire which was widely published. Some of the points I made in that analysis bear repeating... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at South Asia Daily
There is a brief but instructive exchange in the movie ‘Victoria & Abdul’ that caught my attention. The movie is based on the real life friendship between Queen Victoria of England and her Indian servant Abdul Karim who went on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at South Asia Daily
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Untitled090817 by MC That’s all for today. Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2017 at South Asia Daily
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Inside a Basmati bag--MC Woman in forest--MC One feels unusually joyous when two paintings done months apart unexpectedly end up becoming two frames of the same imaginary landscape. The bonus is that they could well form two scenes in a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at South Asia Daily
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I did the following story for the IANS. Indo-Asian News Service New York, September 6: The great Hindi writer Shrilal Shukla, popularly associated with his classic satire ‘Raag Darbari’, has found a muse some 12,000 kilometers from his native Lucknow... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at South Asia Daily
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I am no ingrate. If anything, I am known to overdo my gratitude. However, when it comes to my teachers on Teacher’s Day today I tend to be withering in my derision. I have published the following piece a couple... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at South Asia Daily
A print journalist, especially a fading one like me, has ever reducing rewards these days. One surviving reward is being able to say ‘I told you so’ with some smugness. In an analysis about North Korea’s increasingly belligerent moves that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at South Asia Daily
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British journalist and author William Digby (1849-1904) (Photo: Wikipedia) India’s unbridled, cruel and immoral exploitation under British rule has long been a subject of my interest. I have written about it in my own non-scholastic way in this blog a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at South Asia Daily
How does one know whether one is sliding into journalistic irrelevancy? One effective way is to seek ten interviews and see how many respond. I make a distinction between how many respond at all, even to say no, and how... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2017 at South Asia Daily
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But for the slight red smear on the road near its head the rabbit looked alive—startled but alive. I saw it from a distance as a car curved past it. I checked for signs of life for a minute or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at South Asia Daily
The first thing that struck me while reading the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) annual report for 2016-17 is that it has five and half pages of a list of abbreviations upfront. That alone should disqualify about 90% of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at South Asia Daily