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Mayank Chhaya
Journalist trying to be a full-time writer
Interests: Everything and nothing.
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I write so much that I often forget a lot of what I have written. Take for this germ of an idea for a story I wrote on November 4, 2013. I chanced upon it yesterday and feel prompted to... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at South Asia Daily
I understand football in all its aesthetics and physics if not all in its terminologies. By football I mean the game played with two feet around the world and not as in anything but two feet here in America. Football... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at South Asia Daily
*Some spoiler alerts. Don’t read if you have not seen the movie yet. The central existential dilemma was forever captured by Shakespeare and never to be surpassed in terms of its brevity and brilliance. To be or not to be... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at South Asia Daily
Yellow moon-MC It has been a while since I felt excited about an entirely digital painting of mine. I do about this one. My test for any piece of painting is whether I would like to be a part of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at South Asia Daily
My unplanned and unintended forays into the esoteric continue to give me some stimulating rewards. The latest is Sakshi Chaitanya or witness consciousness. It is an ancient Indian idea about a form of consciousness that is described as a "self-illuminated... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at South Asia Daily
Horizon--MC जीवन की क्षितिज पर शक्यताओं का आभास है There is an illusion of possibilities on life’s horizon. That is all for today. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at South Asia Daily
Mayank Chhaya at Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad while shooting ‘Gandhi’s Song’ As I rev up pushing the case for a wider viewing of my documentary ‘Gandhi’s Song’, it is heartening to read this op-ed piece in the Free Press Journal... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at South Asia Daily
Chairman Kim Jong-un of North Korea, left, being welcomed by Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan (Photo: @VivianBala—Twitter) Make no mistake. Had it not been for his nuclear weapons, Chairman Kim Jong-un of North Korea would not be in... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at South Asia Daily
Dr. Wakhlu, I am touched by your generosity. Thank you as always.
Toggle Commented Jun 9, 2018 on Grab a fistful of photons at South Asia Daily
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Dawn--MC As a poet, at times I cannot but be immodest in my ambitions. This morning it is a rather simple one. As it often happens, I woke up with this fully formed. Strangely, I was not pregnant with poetry... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at South Asia Daily
This low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called "Buckskin" on lower Mount Sharp. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS As a rule, I recast official press... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Well known author and journalist Shireesh Kanekar (left) and I standing on our desk in Bombay in 1985 (Photo: Palashranjan Bhaumick) Shireesh Kanekar, a dear friend and fellow journalist, not to mention a prolific writer in Marathi as well as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at South Asia Daily
“Dinar nahin to dollar chalega Kameez nahi to kameez ka collar chalega.” --Sahir Ludhianvi (If not the dinar, the dollar would do If not the whole shirt, the collar would do) I was thinking of these telling lines from a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at South Asia Daily
In so much as they help concentrate the global mind on the pressing existential issues of the planet it is good to have World This Day and World That Day. Today happens to be World Environment Day which is odd... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at South Asia Daily
It is a genuine debate to have whether we can complain about our privacy once we choose to give it up on social media platforms such as Facebook of our own volition. The operative point here being “of our own... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Camila Havana--MC Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello’s sensational single ‘Havana’ has become the most streamed song ever by a solo female artist on Spotify. With more than 888 million streams and counting Cabello is basking in the warmly enveloping glow of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at South Asia Daily
In a tweet almost immediately after President Trump foreshadowed the jobs number report in a tweet himself, I had wondered, “Isn’t this a form of insider trading?” Of course, being a marginal player of no consequence on Twitter my question... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Swirls by MC* Two completely diverse thoughts were born yesterday in my mind simultaneously. Since they were born together but are not alike at all, let us call them fraternal twins. The first to be delivered was this: Being born... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Malvika, Much appreciated. Thank you for reading.
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If I were Kim Jong-un, I would happily conclude that my nuclear muscle-flexing has produced precisely the kind of results I was hoping for. I would also feel sanguinely vindicated. Quite apart from the much-anticipated summit with U.S. President Donald... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at South Asia Daily
By a delightful coincidence yesterday I randomly chose to watch the 2008 TV movie ‘Einstein and Eddington’. I say a delightful coincidence because May 29 marked the 99th anniversary of the British physicist Arthur Eddington’s famous experiment confirming the bending... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at South Asia Daily
I am frequently told that I suck at marketing my talents, such as they are. So consider this post as an attempt to correct it. As I look at the merchandise being offered based on my paintings and artworks by... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Professor P C Vaidya (Photo: A frame from a documentary about him) May 23 marked the 100th birth anniversary of the much respected Indian physicist, Professor P. C. Vaidya. As it often happens, I had not just a tangential connection... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Nehru—MC At a time when India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru has become a figure of contempt and insult oozing straight out of ignorance and irrational hatred it might be useful to quote some passages from his celebrated book ‘The... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2018 at South Asia Daily
What was a quivering bud last evening This morning it is a bewitching pink iris If this is not magic, tell me what is? Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2018 at South Asia Daily