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Mayank Chhaya
Journalist trying to be a full-time writer
Interests: Everything and nothing.
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Aparna Ponnappa, left, and Vasanthi Hariprakash (Photo: A grab from Vasanthi’s timeline) Until this morning I was not aware that there is something called the Coorg-style sari. Now I do courtesy of dear friend and fellow journalist Vasanthi Hariprakash and... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at South Asia Daily
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Edvard Munch (1863-1944) remains the most unconsciously channeled artist for me. He just shows up at will when I paint even though I do not necessarily emulate him unless I have consciously chosen to capture elements of some work of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at South Asia Daily
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By Claude Monet Yesterday, while watching a barely five-minute-long video by Christie’s about Claude Monet’s personal collection, I saw this wonderful sketch by him. (See above). That prompted me to do my version which became the one below. I could... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at South Asia Daily
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From left: Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Tarun Basu and Mayank Chhaya (Photo: Jay Mandal/On Assignment, 1996)* Considerable amounts of newsprint and digital space are being devoted to assess the life and times of India’s three-time Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. There... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at South Asia Daily
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Mumbai-based journalist and writer Raju Korti has extensively written about my documentary ‘Gandhi’s Song’ on his widely read and respected blog today. I am overwhelmed. Thank you. Raju Korti I have always carried the burden of my conviction that Faith... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at South Asia Daily
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From left, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Tarun Basu and Mayank Chhaya (Photo: Jay Mandal) Atal Bihari Vajpayee, India’s former prime minister and arguably one of its most consequential political leaders since its independence in 1947, who died today at 93 was... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at South Asia Daily
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Bhor--MC I have long been accustomed to waking up with poetic ferment. Normally, it happens around 3 a.m. but this morning it came surging an hour late. As it also happens, four very disparate works were born fully formed in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at South Asia Daily
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I did the following piece for India Review & Analysis. By Mayank Chhaya For the first time in history, a former cricketer is about to take charge of nuclear weapons. With Imran Khan set to take oath of office as... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at South Asia Daily
Yesterday was physicist Erwin Schrodinger’s 131st birth anniversary. As an excuse to mark that date I republish a fictional court case involving him that I had written five years ago. Remember, this is entirely fictional. None of this is true.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2018 at South Asia Daily
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Naipaul--MC V S Naipaul led a literary life on the edge of rebuke. When he was not reprimanding entire sections of the human civilization with cruel detachment, he was revealing them with genuine empathy. His eyes, often hidden in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2018 at South Asia Daily
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On the Beach--MC On the Bench--MC Two women, one on the beach and the other on the bench. That should be enough for Saturday. In any case, it is not as if you pay to read this blog. Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2018 at South Asia Daily
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‘Umbrella Man’ Every time I decide to replace the painting of mine above titled ‘Umbrella Man’ on my Fine Art America page, a new visitor or two check it out afresh. That prompts me to retain as part of my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2018 at South Asia Daily
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Paul Dirac (Photo: https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1933/dirac-facts.html) Yesterday marked the 116th birth anniversary of the pioneering quantum physicist Paul Dirac. This year also happens to mark the 80th anniversary of his Nobel Prize winning equation that brought together quantum theory and relativity theory.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at South Asia Daily
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As I give finishing touches to my upcoming book “What Does Jupiter really do?” it strikes me that this blog has featured almost all of its themes in the last ten years. Of course, in the book form those themes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at South Asia Daily
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It is very rare that I write poetry that does not rhyme. I did, this morning, rather unexpectedly. So here it is in its original Hindi with English translation. वजूद मेरा सिमट के मेरी मुठ्ठी में लौट आया है खुले... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at South Asia Daily
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On a turmeric morn When life is shorn Of oppressive mundaneness And of those who suborn --MC Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at South Asia Daily
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This untitled watercolor of mine, done on March 22 last year, has captivated me this morning because it has brought some strange reassurance in the time of ferment. I had practically forgotten about it but while sorting through a pile... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2018 at South Asia Daily
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We all exist in all possible states until such time as one of us chooses to observe and collapses one of those states into reality. That is how I began this morning’s post but gave up instead for a piece... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2018 at South Asia Daily
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सुबह होती है तो का आगाज़ हो ही जाता है सूरज और मेरे दरम्याँ एक राज़ हो ही जाता है (At dawn an initiation does get made A secret pact between the sun and I does get made) --Mayank Chhaya Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at South Asia Daily
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I wrote the following piece for South Asia Monitor, a policy journal focused on South Asian themes. It is part of the Society for Policy Studies, New Delhi, with which I am a non-resident fellow. By Mayank Chhaya A new... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Dr. Eugene Parker, the S. Chandrasekhar Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. In 1958, a 31-year-old physicist theorized the existence of what he called the solar wind, the way the sun gives... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at South Asia Daily
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Although I had a good look at Mars before going to sleep last night around 10 p.m., somewhere in my mind remained a wish to see it at midnight when it was supposed to be particularly glorious. I was well... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Britain’s new Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has simultaneously messed up his domestic and international life by describing his Chinese wife as “Japanese.” What is worse is that he committed that gaffe during his maiden visit to China in front of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at South Asia Daily
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Asha Parekh in ‘Chirag’ (1969) It is rather rare that one gets to see crows over Naperville sky. I am sure they are around but I do not seem to spot them often. So it was a pleasant surprise to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2018 at South Asia Daily
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Sky over hills--MC Last night was supposed to be the best time this July to view Mars and the moon together. That is because it was the so-called blood moon even as Mars came its closest to Earth. It was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at South Asia Daily