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Mayank Chhaya
Journalist trying to be a full-time writer
Interests: Everything and nothing.
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I have been captivated by the great John Singer Sargent’s watercolors in the past couple of days. I will do a piece about him shortly. Watercolors are a somewhat different discipline than oil and acrylic because they require a swift... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago 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) LinkedIn let me know that I am celebrating the 37th anniversary as a journalist. Thank you LinkedIn for that... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at South Asia Daily
Beyond the political optics of four Indian Supreme Court judges virtually unfurling the red flag against the chief justice, I am more curious to know what happens now. In taking the unprecedented step of publicly attributing questionable motives to Chief... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at South Asia Daily
That expression of smug resignation on this imaginary woman’s face painted by me should sum it up for today. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at South Asia Daily
My current work in progress inspired by Walter Sickert’s 1892 painting ‘Marie Cunningham at the Old Bedford’ It is amazing how much longer paint, particularly pastels and watercolors, lasts past the point one might think one can longer produce. I... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at South Asia Daily
It is frequently that I feel debilitated by the trivial and oppressive banalities of human existence. It felt particularly intense in my teenage and it is returning with some force all over again. At times like this one returns to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at South Asia Daily
Journalist and writer Sagarika Ghose (Photo courtesy her Twitter feed @sagarikaghose) I have had a particular interest in a biopic about Indira Gandhi for a long time; as in writing it myself. I have flagged that interest in this blog... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at South Asia Daily
Tintin—MC Here is what I like the most about Tintin who turns 89 today. He is a journalist with an unlimited expense account, gets to travel the world in search of stories which he never files for a newspaper that... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at South Asia Daily
Journalist and author Michael Wolff on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert I had not expected to read Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury : Inside the Trump White House” so soon because one had to buy it. Buying, as you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at South Asia Daily
The egg that was supposed to “crack” was Donald Trump Jr., according to the abrasively feisty Steve Bannon. Instead, it turns out, that egg is him and has cracked all over his own face. As Bannon attempts to amend his... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at South Asia Daily
With only a couple of pastel sticks, some red and a bit of black in acrylic remaining I decided to do a quick abstract yesterday. As a rule, I avoid abstracts. To give it a twist I decided to grind... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at South Asia Daily
With Pakistan, the United States has decided not to put money where its mouth is. In fact, the Trump administration has decided to put a lot more mouth where its mouth is.* The State Department has decided to withhold up... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at South Asia Daily
During these times of unvarnished lies being put out as unimpeachable truths, there is poetic justice in the publication of a book whose content is being described as “notionally” and “conceptually” true but not accurate on specific details. I have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Purple Woman--MC Women feature in my paintings 10-1 compared to men. I say that as a fact and not to drive home any Freudian point. I create fictional histories about these fictional, often unrecognizable, women for my edification. I give... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at South Asia Daily
I suppose we should be thankful that there is no mobile app for the nuclear button. At least I do not know of any. It is possible that it exists exclusively for the leaders of the nine nuclear capable states.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at South Asia Daily
In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s Twitter denunciation of Pakistan’s “lies and deceit” over its handling of terrorist groups, political grandees of that country have carpenter ants crawling up their pants. In a rather unusual response to the presidential... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at South Asia Daily
What has happened between October 14, 2017 and January 1, 2018 that President Donald Trump has taken a 180 degree turn in his view of Pakistan? Either Pakistan cooperates with the US on “many fronts” and Trump feels thankful for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Still life—Mayank Chhaya I suppose it is alright to celebrate the onset of what the rest of the world calls a new year. I have no emotional response to such things. One is too cosmic for something so arbitrarily banal... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at South Asia Daily
The lures of the universe are omnipresent, infinite and yet illusory. Two striking images in the past couple of days reiterated this fundamental feature of the universe. One was ice crystals rising up my bedroom window like a surreal climbing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at South Asia Daily
House on fire—Mayank Chhaya It is fascinating how the visual mind retains impressions of what one sees. Over the past three years I have watched a surfeit of art documentaries, some of them more than once. One such documentary is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at South Asia Daily
I have it from an unimpeachable teenage source that, weirdly, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai has become a thing among teenagers; mainly as a meme of ridicule and mockery. The reason? His decision to end net neutrality in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at South Asia Daily
Dr. Ramesh Gune (Photo: His Facebook upload) I wrote the following for the IANS wire. Now out worldwide. By Mayank Chhaya, Indo-Asian News Service Desert Hot Springs, California, December 27: As America battles a variety of ailments related to post-traumatic... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2017 at South Asia Daily
As far as turning an ancient philosophy into a modern, fun device goes ‘Buddha Board’ is quite remarkable. It is a light grey blank board with a thin plastic frame that fits in grooves of a wooden base. The base... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2017 at South Asia Daily
‘Yuja Wang’—MC Yuja Wang, A frame from this video I am not at all well-versed with Western classical music. I have heard my share of it and enjoyed it as an ignoramus. However, as an aspiring painter I am drawn... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2017 at South Asia Daily
Woman in brown1—MC I have been obsessing over a fictional woman for the past couple of days. What began as a quick pastel piece (See above) has emerged in at least three more avatars. I have given you two of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2017 at South Asia Daily