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Mayank Chhaya
Journalist trying to be a full-time writer
Interests: Everything and nothing.
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It is with some relief that I announce my disengagement from Jerry Seinfeld’s “Oh, we comedians are such a unique tribe” jerkoff fest that goes by the name ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ (CCGC). Having watched every episode of every... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at South Asia Daily
Hi, Thank you so much for reading. This blog is my daily warm-up exercise that sets me up for the writings that pay. Yes, physics is the core passion since early teens. I appreciate that you bothered to leave a comment. Cheers, Mayank
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That should be all for today on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at South Asia Daily
A frame from PBS/ NOVA documentary 'First Face of America' (This is an artistic representation.) With the disgusting chants of “Send her back” by President Donald Trump’s supporters against Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar still reverberating in my ears, I watched... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at South Asia Daily
I did the following piece for the highly respected journal South Asia Monitor. By Mayank Chhaya At 84, the Dalai Lama is closer than ever before to his corporeal mortality and China is watching out with considerable morbid interest for... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at South Asia Daily
Apollo 11 astronauts (from left) Neil Armstrong, Michael Collin, Buzz Aldrin (Photo NASA) Quite apart from the fact that my name in Sanskrit means moon, I am generally interested in Earth’s only groupie. As NASA and the world mark the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at South Asia Daily
It is just as well that my guru is not seen. In my case, guru seen means guru dead or, at the very least, severely damaged. I am, of course, talking about my brain. There is no guru other than... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at South Asia Daily
Over the last decade and longer I have written so much in these columns that I frequently forget a vast majority of it. It is for that reason that I regularly check the visitors’ log to my blog to see... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2019 at South Asia Daily
Mansarovar - Acrylic on Canvas - 24X24 inches by Prakash Bal Joshi. Visit his website. What I find particularly joyous about social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter is that when used well they can generate creatively thrilling interactions.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2019 at South Asia Daily
तुम्हारे हुस्न को दुनिया ने इतना गौर से देखा है की नज़रों की धार से छलनी हो गया है Your beauty has been scrutinized so intensely That it has become lacerated by the severe gazing --Mayank Chhaya That should be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2019 at South Asia Daily
For absolutely no reason the brilliant Hindi cinema composer Naushad is on my mind this morning. In particular, two of his rather unusual compositions for the 1968 movie ‘Saathi’. I say unusual because Naushad, who was steadfast throughout his glorious... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at South Asia Daily
Timothy Spall as L S Lowry in Adrian Nobel's 'Mrs. Lowry & Son'. All other frames from the movie trailer. My response to the frame above I get inordinately excited about movies based on painters’ lives. The one currently occupying... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at South Asia Daily
Sunil Gavaskar, one of the five greatest batsmen of all time, turns 70 today. For Indian cricket admirers of a certain generation—that would be me—great batsmanship meant Sunil Gavaskar. Diminutive in stature but gigantic in cricketing genius, Gavaskar was a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2019 at South Asia Daily
As it often happens with me, I woke up with these two verses fully constructed. These should be enough for today. खुद से फुरसत मिले तो मैं तुम्हे देखूं थोड़ी सी बरकत मिले तो मैं तुम्हे देखूं सूरज को तुम्हारी... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at South Asia Daily
Cocoon wrap 'Women' by MC at VIDA Some six years ago when I began dabbling in digital sketching and painting first my intention was to create a portfolio of digital artworks that could be merchandised. The easy portability of a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at South Asia Daily
Mr. Bose, Thank you very much for reading.
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Over the decades of writing poetry, I have a fair amount of unattached verses that did not find full ghazals to fit in to. Although as a rule a Misra or a verse in a ghazal has the virtue of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2019 at South Asia Daily
Sadhana in the 1969 'Intaquam' It has been quite a while since I offered an utterly gratuitous analysis of a Hindi movie song. That was a feature of this blog in its early years. This year marks the 50th year... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2019 at South Asia Daily
Alfred E. Neuman--MC I suppose it was a measure of MAD magazine’s global popularity that even as a teenager in Ahmedabad of the early 1970s not only did I know of it but read it fairly regularly. Alfred E. Neuman,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2019 at South Asia Daily
Oxford mathematical physicist Roger Penrose. (Photo courtesy a frame from The Institute of Art and Ideas interview) That the universe is cyclical, going through an eonic cycle of creation and destruction of its own volition is a Vedantic idea that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at South Asia Daily
Here is how my tangential mind works. On reading the report that the 90-year-old Motilal Vora has been appointed the Indian National Congress’ interim president, I began going through the party’s documents of 1928. That is because Vora was born... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at South Asia Daily
Oumuamua by MC A study published in Nature Astronomy says Oumuamua, the mysterious interstellar object that went through our solar system in October 2017 leaving in its aftermath speculations about what it might be, it was not an alien spaceship.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at South Asia Daily
All creative pursuit is essentially born of conceit and self-absorption. That is as true of poetry as it is of painting, the two creative pursuits that I am forever engaged in. Conceit can manifest in different ways. For instance, in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2019 at South Asia Daily
Indian broadcasters, particularly those dealing in news and current affairs, fall so woefully short of creating enduring, and substantive content beyond parading frothing talking heads talking at cross purposes. It is a criminal waste of airwaves, particularly when more often... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at South Asia Daily
I think I have found the most compelling example yet of machine learning—me. Born bereft of spontaneity and anything resembling natural human response to anything, at 58 human years I think I am as close to being the finest specimen... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2019 at South Asia Daily