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Mayank Chhaya
Journalist trying to be a full-time writer
Interests: Everything and nothing.
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This by me on the IANS wire today. By Mayank Chhaya, Indo-Asian News Service Chicago, December 13: The unanimous passage of a bill that insists on reciprocity between the United States and China over travel access to Tibet is seen... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at South Asia Daily
Perhaps the nearest equivalent of the Hindi/Indian word Pappu is Dunce although Pappu has some extra dimensions, which Dunce does not necessarily capture. One of the implied meanings is a person who is not only a dolt but a pushover... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at South Asia Daily
The following by me is on the IANS wire worldwide. By Mayank Chhaya, Indo-Asian News Service Forty-one years after it left Earth, NASA’s probe Voyager 2 has now become only the second human-made object to enter interstellar space after its... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at South Asia Daily
I meet at least two conditions of Vipassana meditation for hours every single day. On an average, I am silent for about six hours daily if not more. As a journalist and writer, I see things as they are. Those... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at South Asia Daily
For Sunday morning, let us just go with this pastel piece of mine. I like it particularly because one cannot really decide whether it is in the process of forming or disintegrating or both. That is what I feel about... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at South Asia Daily
The artist on whose works I practice my admittedly limited skills the most is Edvard Munch. I feel a strange kinship with Munch that I cannot really explain because culturally and geographically, not to mention our very different periods of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at South Asia Daily
One maxim that has always been fraught with grave political consequence in India is “Aloo pyaz ka daam pataa chal jayega.” (You will discover how much potatoes and onions cost.) The meaning is literal only in a limited sense. Its... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at South Asia Daily
Dream--MC Last night I had what I would call the strangest dream of my life so far. It was vivid in a very amorphous sort of way. The only color was particularly milky beige and the only shape were contours... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at South Asia Daily
In a familiar burst of creative impulse, I made 16 pastels on paper in four days. Seen individually, they do not give me a full measure of the output but when I spread them around and see them collectively, one... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2018 at South Asia Daily
A word of caution at the outset. This post is consciously superficial and somewhat facetious. It is grounded more in impressions than facts, of which many may really exist. Reading a piece about quantum computing this morning in The New... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (Photo:@MBuhari) The best way to repudiate the rumor of your death is by staying alive. However, how does one challenge the claims that you are your own impostor or that you are your own clone? Nigeria’s... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2018 at South Asia Daily
It is strange that I feel protective, if not proprietorial, about the works of the 15th century Gujarati poet-philosopher Narsinh Mehta, in particular his most enduring song “Vaishnav jan to.” It is almost as if I have appointed myself the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Over the last 20 million years, Earth’s magnetic poles have been known to switch roughly every 200,000 to 300,000 years. The last such major geomagnetic switch occurred some 780,000 years ago, according to scientists who keep track of such things.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Here is a problem with hyenas. They look, behave and laugh exactly like the stereotype hyena. In fact, very few animals live up to their stereotype as quickly and precisely as hyenas. Not that I have seen them personally at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that if India takes one step towards peace talks, his country will take two. Here is an idea. Let New Delhi take that one step and ask Islamabad to hand over Hafiz Saeed,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at South Asia Daily
The Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC), located on the robotic arm of NASA's InSight lander, took this picture of the Martian surface on Nov. 26, 2018, the same day the spacecraft touched down on the Red Planet. The camera's transparent dust... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Me watching InSight landing live online. (Photo by me) If I were a reasonably intelligent Martian in the vicinity of any of the NASA rovers/landers, my question whether there is life elsewhere in the universe would have been answered so... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at South Asia Daily
On the tenth anniversary today of the horrific terror attack on Mumbai it is appropriate that I republish an anniversary piece from seven years ago. Here it is: As a journalist who cut his professional teeth in Bombay in 1981... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at South Asia Daily
This morning I have been just staring at the countdown clock of NASA's InSight mission to Mars which is scheduled to land on Monday around 3 p.m. Eastern or noon Pacific time. Just the idea that the probe, designed to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Spooks by MC at A melange of mysterious, suspicious, weary, wary, tired faces. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2018 at South Asia Daily
I have said this before but it can be said again. Art is what did not exist but now does. This morning while staring at a stark white 11 x 17 inches sheet I had no idea three rapidly eroding... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2018 at South Asia Daily
I am always amused by the searches I appear in on LinkedIn and what they mean for my employability. I say this because the searches so far have remained searches and not led to any job. However, the diversity of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2018 at South Asia Daily
After going through the new White House rules for media engagement, I am convinced that they will be observed more in breach than obedience. I seriously doubt if any serious journalist would abide by these rules merely because they have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2018 at South Asia Daily
What I felt when I first came to New York in 1992 is what I felt yesterday again on a current visit—I slipped right in. The city is like a pair of well-worn shoes for me. This might go against... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at South Asia Daily
New York rocks as always. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2018 at South Asia Daily