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Mayank Chhaya
Journalist trying to be a full-time writer
Interests: Everything and nothing.
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(This high-phase-angle shot shows sunlight illuminating the halo formed by the thick, hazy atmosphere of Saturn’s giant moon, Titan. Enceladus can be seen at the lower right, and the backlit rings slice through the middle of the image. Credit: NASA/JPL/Space... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at South Asia Daily
Grahan—Mayank Chhaya Eclipse means nothing to me other than its splendorous transience. It offers many visual possibilities. I could have waited for Monday’s solar eclipse across all of North America before painting a few images. But why wait when mind’s... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at South Asia Daily
Uchat by Mayank Chhaya One tries to be equanimous in the face of life’s annoyances but one still wakes up with a feeling that is described in my mother tongue Gujarati as “Uchat”. It means disquiet or restlessness. I wanted... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at South Asia Daily
Uttagawa Kunisada, 1863 I can write a stinging rebuke of President Donald Trump’s take on the atrocity in Charlottseville, Virginia. But what would be the point of that? Instead, I did this morning what I regularly do—scour Google Arts &... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at South Asia Daily
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Posted 5 days ago at South Asia Daily
Reading the cover story about the internal combustion engine in the latest issue of The Economist, it struck me yet again how narrow and half-baked Indian journalism has become. It is extraordinarily rare, if existent at all, that a serious... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at South Asia Daily
Befuddled--MC This face sums up the state of my mind now. That’s all for today. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at South Asia Daily
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech TRAPPIST-1, a system of seven Earth-size planets orbiting an ultra-cool dwarf star some 40 light years away from us is between 5.4 billion and 9.8 billion years in age, NASA has announced. The term “ultra-cool” does not... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2017 at South Asia Daily
I look at these three works of mine, numbers 1 and 3 mostly watercolors done a couple of months ago and number 2 in virtual paint done in the new Microsoft app Paint 3D only this morning I get this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at South Asia Daily
I did the following comment for the IANS wire for worldwide distribution. It is out now. By Mayank Chhaya The problem with issuing a dire ultimatum as a first response to a traditionally bellicose regime is that the one issuing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at South Asia Daily
Reading three speeches by Mohandas Gandhi on August 8, 1942 to launch the ‘Quit India’ movement with the iconic ‘do or die’ call, several things jump out. The speeches are quintessential Gandhi and his well-known candor and epic conceit. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at South Asia Daily
A week before India turns 70 as an independent nation on August 15 I was asked to do a small piece by friend and fellow journalist Tarun Basu for his specialized journal ‘India Review & Analysis’. The journal is distributed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at South Asia Daily
The India-China standoff in the disputed Doklam region at the two countries’ junction with Bhutan looks precipitous but does not seem to have reached a stage of an actual military conflagration. That is my sense from reading various reports from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at South Asia Daily
At my daughter Hayaa’s insistence I started instagramming a few days ago. As of this morning I have amassed 17 followers. Of course, I used “amassed” with some levity. If my record on Twitter is any guide—I have 184 followers... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at South Asia Daily
Throughout the late 1970s, in the aftermath of my father Manhar’s death, one regular and reassuring visitor to our home in Ahmedabad was Rameshbhai. His Fiat car bearing the number 8488 brought Rameshbhai, his wife Pratibha, daughters Rita and Shubhra... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at South Asia Daily
Suresh in ‘Dulari’ (1949) It may seem rather odd to wake up with a song composed in 1949. Or may be not so odd after all because it was one particular line from that wonderfully melancholic composition by the great... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at South Asia Daily
One has to concede that in his zeal to grill Stephen Miller, President Trump’s Senior Advisor for Policy, CNN’s Jim Acosta did mess up. I say this clearly recognizing that the heart of Acosta’s question about the requirement of English... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at South Asia Daily
Baskerville by MC Horizon by MC Vista 1 by MC Vista 2 by MC The wish today Is to fade away Into the distance Without leaving A trace of my Existence --MC Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at South Asia Daily
Warning: This post is rated Extra R and HS for High Sarcasm Vatsayana, the author of the Kama Sutra, would have been proud of Anthony Scaramucci. The fired White House communications director subjected himself to public humiliation in aid of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at South Asia Daily
Munshi Premchand--MC On the great litterateur Munshi Premchand’s 137th birth anniversary today this morning I simultaneously read his two celebrated short stories ‘Idgah’ (1933) and ‘Shatranj ke Khiladi’ (1924). One felt entranced by the descriptions of the life in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at South Asia Daily
When I first saw a photograph of master Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s (1876-1957) ‘La muse endormie’ (The sleeping muse) my first impulse was to paint it. So I did. Two of them. Brancusi had produced six in bronze apart from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at South Asia Daily
Airliner--MC A panel of US appeals court judges has ordered U.S. aviation authorities to conduct a new review of what one of them described as "The Case of the Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat." The ruling came yesterday when the U.S.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2017 at South Asia Daily
Never underestimate the power of fonts. * That is one major message in the 5-0 verdict of Pakistan’s Supreme Court to unseat Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Panama Papers-related corruption case. Some of you may know about how a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at South Asia Daily
Entropy by Mayank Chhaya Ian Sample, Science Editor of The Guardian, writes that computer simulations by scientists reveal that nearly half of the material in the Milky Way came from smaller galaxies in our neighborhood. We the people and everything... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at South Asia Daily
AIMI by MC I have been paying only cursory attention to the dramatic rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and its possible existential threat the human race. Serious people such as Stephen Hawking have warned about AI’s rising threat to humanity... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at South Asia Daily