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Mayank Chhaya
Journalist trying to be a full-time writer
Interests: Everything and nothing.
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As Sotheby's prepares to auction works by Bernardo Bellotto and his uncle Canaletto, I republish a piece I wrote about the latter, aka Giovanni Antonio Canal (17 or 18 October 1697 – 19 April 1768). I wrote this piece on... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at South Asia Daily
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Mailbox 6 by MC What began as a sketch of a mailbox against the backdrop of a fiery sun using markers has become the one below. These are rather small. At some point soon I intend making a regular canvas... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at South Asia Daily
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Bench--MC હું ખરે તું ખરો હું વિના તું નહી હું રે હઈશ ત્યાંહ લગી તું રે હઈશે હું જતે તું ગયો અનિર્વાચી રહ્યો હું વિના કેહ તને કોણ કેહશે? --નરસિંહ મેહતા मैं हूँ तो तुम हो मैं नहीं तो तुम... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at South Asia Daily
Journalist Peter Schwartzstein (@PSchwartzstein) has a remarkable story in the National Geographic about how climate change and water shortages drove Iraqi men into the eager arms of ISIS. It is stories such as this that separate serious, credible journalism from... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at South Asia Daily
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An artist’s impression of Ross 128 and Ross 128 b. (Image: European Southern Observatory). For me, perhaps the most interesting aspect of the discovery a temperate Earth-sized exoplanet 11 light years away from us is that that particular star system... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at South Asia Daily
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Let’s do with this (sort of) limerick of mine for today with my painting as the backdrop. It is all me. It is the kind of day that makes no sense; like everyday I suppose. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at South Asia Daily
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Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Laboureur dans un champ, painted in Saint Rémy, early September 1889. 19⅞ x 25½ in (50.3 x 64.9 cm). Sold for $81,312,500 in the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on 13 November 2017 at Christie’s... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at South Asia Daily
If I were Xi Jinping of China I would watch the emergence of the Quadrilateral alliance between the United States, Japan, India and Australia with a measure of smug satisfaction mixed with some wariness. That the the world’s three most... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at South Asia Daily
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‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ by Mayank Chhaya I have no stake at all in whether the fictional but much celebrated ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ is now an actual café or not but I get drawn to it via my visual obsessions. The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at South Asia Daily
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The Cabin—Mayank Chhaya There is no plan when I paint. I just do. Most frequently, one starts off with some random brushstrokes to see where it might lead to. The painting here titled ‘The Cabin’ had no reason to have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at South Asia Daily
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Girl on the bridge—Mayank Chhaya Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at South Asia Daily
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Louvre Abu Dhabi’s exterior © Louvre Abu Dhabi, Photography: Mohamed Somji I am inordinately excited about the upcoming opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi on November 11. Any time art takes the center stage anywhere in the world, that is a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at South Asia Daily
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Untitled—Mayank Chhaya This painting of mine done in acrylic on a piece of cardboard remains one of my all-time favorites. To me, it represents the universe. These days it sits atop my small library. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at South Asia Daily
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Dawn by MC मेरी सुबह और आपकी सुबह में बहुत बड़ा फर्क है मेरी जज़्बों से उभरती है आपकी गिरफ्त-ए-तर्क है * --Mayank Chhaya And the free translation of that verse: My morning is very different from yours Mine rises... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at South Asia Daily
I am an obscure presence on Twitter despite having been on it since March, 2009. If the number of followers is any measure—and I suppose that is the only measure—then I do not even qualify to be a presence. At... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at South Asia Daily
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Zhivago—Mayank Chhaya I don’t suppose it is normal to see figures in your own painting and begin to imagine them as real people with their own real stories like I do this morning with this work of mine titled ‘Zhivago’.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at South Asia Daily
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Exp by MC Quite apart from some measure of artistry in the collage above—it contains six of my paintings—I am fascinated by how many technologies/industries have come together in it. The actual physical paintings alone include paper, paint, pastel, crayon,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at South Asia Daily
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I have been reliably told that the disgruntled Twitter employee who deactivated President Donald Trump’s account for 11 minutes on his last day at the company might be nominated for the Nobel Peace prize. Those 11 minutes are being heralded... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at South Asia Daily
The CIA has released 47,000 additional files seized during its fatal raid on Al Qaeda leader Usama Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May, 2011. Called “the Abbottabad collection” it contains extensive information about him, his organization, his life... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at South Asia Daily
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Munch-Starry Night tribute and verse by Mayank Chhaya The verse on my painting says: जिन हवाओं का ख्वाब लिए जागा था मैं वोह तो किसी और कहकशाँ में निकली --मयंक छाया The ambiences I woke up dreaming of Turned out... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at South Asia Daily
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Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (Photo: http://photodivision.gov.in/waterMarkdetails.asp?id=11604.jpg Today marks the 142th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. It is only appropriate that I republish a piece I had written on this day in 2014 for The Indian Diaspora and IANS wire to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at South Asia Daily
Purely in superficial visual terms the fact that China’s political building infrastructure looks shining new and its top leaders look well-scrubbed feeds into the growing perception of the country’s rise vis-à-vis America’s decline on the world stage. Both the country... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at South Asia Daily
It has been ten years since the publication of ‘Dalai Lama: Man, Monk, Mystic’. So far it has been published in over 20 languages and has presumably sold in reasonable numbers. Although the royalties from the book’s various editions did... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2017 at South Asia Daily
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Countryside--MC The extent and quality of visual retention/memory have always fascinated me. When my brain stores a visual memory, there is always a particular hook around which this bit is cached. It is possible that that is true of many... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at South Asia Daily
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Grainstack--MC Claude Monet has been on my mind this morning no apparent reason. So let’s do with these two tributes of mine to the great master. Sunset-bridge--MC Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2017 at South Asia Daily