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Mayank Chhaya
Journalist trying to be a full-time writer
Interests: Everything and nothing.
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A frame from CNN’s interview. I have a simple rule about all quizzes on social media, including the seemingly fun ones—never take them because they are almost invariably Trojan horses that hide the real intention. That real intention could be... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at South Asia Daily
Aranya 3--MC I am working occasionally on a series titled Aranya (Forest in Sanskrit). The two paintings below were done sometime ago and the one on top yesterday. I envisage about a dozen or so paintings in this series which... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at South Asia Daily
There exists outside suffocating theistic certitude and stifling atheistic skepticism a universe that is magical and whose seductions are experienced every moment on Earth and beyond if only we care to look. It has been my practice for a long... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at South Asia Daily
There is absolutely no reason for me to continue to be on Twitter. This month I am completing nine years on it with less than a glacial movement in terms of the impact my tweets make and the growth in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at South Asia Daily
Shashi Kapoor Actor and producer Shashi Kapoor would have been 80 today. To mark the anniversary I reproduce an interview I had done with journalist and writer Aseem Chhabra about his book ‘Shashi Kapoor: The Householder, the Star.’ By Mayank... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at South Asia Daily
Dr. Stephen Hawking (Photo: Given that apart from being a profoundly brilliant theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking became a global celebrity leveraged commercially I presume there may already be or will soon be some sort of an estate to guard... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at South Asia Daily
For a considerable length of time since my teenage I have been a voracious reader but in the past couple of years that habit has become less sustained because of various distractions and preoccupations. One reason is that I have... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at South Asia Daily
These three acrylic on paper pieces were done in a span of about six hours, each taking about 30-40 minutes. I publish them because a) I can and b) Because I find they capture three very different moods. The one... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at South Asia Daily
Gateway—MC, dedicated to Dr. Stephen Hawking With the exception of Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking is the only physicist whose name conjures up pure genius without really clarifying to the ordinary minds what it is that he did. Hawking’s death today... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Farmers—Mayank Chhaya Farmers’ rootedness to land always gives them a certain humility that those who in live in cities find striking. The just concluded march of Maharashtra’s farmers to Mumbai has left many in the city moved and overwhelmed by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at South Asia Daily
‘Dandi March’—Mayank Chhaya (Watercolor on paper) Today marks the 88th anniversary of the great Salt March (Dandi March) that Mohandas Gandhi embarked upon on March 12, 1930 to eventually end the colonial British rule in India. This particular act of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at South Asia Daily
With two dissenting votes and three abstentions out of the 2890 deputies the National People’s Congress Sunday approved an amendment to China’s constitution removing the presidential term limits of two five-year terms. That vote gives Xi Jinping the opportunity to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2018 at South Asia Daily
All that I am experiencing about this woman is in my imagination. Mercifully, that does not diminish the experience. Ennui was in my mind when I painted her last year; as was a sense of haughtiness. She appears to combine... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2018 at South Asia Daily
क्षणों के मध्य में जो छुपा है वही तो हमारा भ्रम है हमारे अस्तित्व का --मयंक छाया What hides between moments Is the illusion Of our existence --Mayank Chhaya Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Architect and designer Balkrishna Doshi There were two recurring names that embodied great architecture in my formative years—Le Corbusier and Balkrishna Doshi. Both were courtesy of my architect brother Trilochan, who first studied under and then worked with Doshi for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Early universe—MC (A reworked painting of mine) Light from the earliest stars in the Universe has been one of the most important quests of science. It has now been found and is barely 180 million years after the Big Bang... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Broken moon--MC Last night, I chanced upon a bewitching moonrise. Still on the horizon the moon was huge, a bit smudged yellow, three-quarters orb. It left a profound impression which resulted in the simultaneous accompanying verses and the painting. कल... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Flowers--MC I am just not up to it to write anything today with my continuing ailment. Instead, I offer you these flowers inspired by the one and only Vincent van Gogh. I have been staring at them in the hope... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Among the routinely occurring illnesses perhaps the most debilitating is influenza or the flu. I have suffered more flu attacks here in America in the last 20 years than I ever did in India. I am currently going through one.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Morarji Desai--MC Not being a leap year, February has only 28 days this year and hence today is considered the 122nd birth anniversary of India’s former Prime Minister Morarji Desai, who was born on February 29, 1896. 2012 was a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at South Asia Daily
In terms of his total control over the destinies of 1.3 billion people at home and, by implication, his enormous political and economic consequence globally China’s President Xi Jinping is now the single most powerful man in the world. For... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at South Asia Daily
The proposed removal of the two-term restriction for president from China’s constitution has ignited a fierce debate over whether Xi Jinping apprehends growing instability in the country. The official Chinese news agency Xinhua on Sunday quoted an official announcement that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Sridevi--MC It makes perfect sense that Sridevi, an otherwise achingly shy person, switched on her magic as soon as the camera was turned on. The camera was her constant companion for 50 out of her 54 years, having begun her... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Let me enlighten Donald Trump Jr. why even the poor in India smile. A smile is not always a smile that necessarily denotes happiness in India. It is a complex medley of emotions such as resignation, incomprehension, defeat and happiness.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2018 at South Asia Daily