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Mayank Chhaya
Journalist trying to be a full-time writer
Interests: Everything and nothing.
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I have always felt a sense of ownership about early mornings. Having always been an early riser I regard mornings as my personal fief where any presence other than mine is a dilution of that magical beauty which only I... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at South Asia Daily
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The news of Geetanjali Shree becoming the first Indian author to win the International Booker Prize instantly triggered a memory about my tangential connection with her some 21 years ago. That was the time when my Fremont, California-based multimedia company... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at South Asia Daily
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On Buddh Purnima I revisit a post which I have written several versions of many times before. A couple of immediate thoughts come to my mind on Gautam Buddh’s birthday today. He was born in 563 BCE around this time... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2022 at South Asia Daily
This morning the YouTube algorithm suggested to me this terrific video by the noted physicist Dr. Sean Carroll. It is dated August 7, 2018 and deals with themes which have occupied my mind for decades now. As I watched it,... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2022 at South Asia Daily
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Zeenat Aman in 'Chhaila Babu' , 1977. As a nearly 16-year-old towards the end of 1977, I watched a movie called ‘Chhaila Babu’ in Ahmedabad. It starred Rajesh Khanna and Zeenat Aman. Forty five years later I watched the film... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2022 at South Asia Daily
The following is by me for Indica News By Mayank Chhaya In an age where information is as much a weapon as it is an essential tool for daily life, does passing on crucial intelligence to one of the two... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2022 at South Asia Daily
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'Celestial Dancer', Chandela period, mid-11th century, the Metropolitan Museum of Art About a thousand years ago a sculptor somewhere in Madhya Pradesh began chipping away at a slab of sandstone for a temple. The result was this inconceivably sensuous sculpture... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2022 at South Asia Daily
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Princess Anne (Left next to the board) in Leh, Ladakh, India. The year, I think was 1989. (Photo: MC) Every so often, I watch 'Roman Holiday' in the hope that some of Joe Bradley's luck might rub off on me.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2022 at South Asia Daily
As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods; They kill us for their sport. That’s what Shakespeare so memorably and brilliantly said in King Lear. I am not quite a wanton boy swatting flies; I never have. However,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2022 at South Asia Daily
Steps--MC, Watercolor on Paper I had written this post many Mondays ago. It is a rumination over suicide. *** Suicide has been on my mind lately; not as in committing it, perhaps someday that too though, but for now it’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2022 at South Asia Daily
As a longstanding comic Chris Rock knows what happens when a joke bombs. Sometimes it explodes across one’s face; in his case in the form of a tight, well-calibrated slap by Will Smith. I must admit to being ambivalent about... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2022 at South Asia Daily
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Today marks the 20th anniversary of Ashutosh Gowarikar's 'Lagaan' being nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar. It did not win. I was at the Oscars on March 24, 2002, to cover it for the Indo-Asian News Service wire. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2022 at South Asia Daily
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Two ants have been going around the rim of my laptop screen and across it as well as on my desk for the past four hours. I don’t know what they are looking for but they are looking for something.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2022 at South Asia Daily
Farooq Sheikh as Nawab Sultan in Muzaffar Ali’s ‘Umrao Jaan’ (1981) I am reupping a tribute I had written after his death on December 28, 2013. Today happens to be his 74th birth anniversary. December 28, 2013 When I met... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2022 at South Asia Daily
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Video courtesy: Dawn News Watching a video of Bilawal Bhutto, chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), calling Prime Minister Imran Khan “a rat” I was reminded of my visit to his mother, the late Benazir Bhutto’s residence ‘Bilawal House’... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2022 at South Asia Daily
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Shashi Kapoor in Ivory-Merchant’s ‘Heat & Dust’ Today marks the 84th birth anniversary of the actor and producer Shashi Kapoor. Here is a piece I originally wrote for this blog on December 5,2017, a day after he passed away at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2022 at South Asia Daily
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On Albert Einstein's 143rd birth anniversary let me republish a piece I wrote on June 10, 2020. Over the years I have read a great deal by and about Einstein. I continue to read his thin volume 'Relativity: The Special... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2022 at South Asia Daily
Julius Robert Oppenheimer, Photo: Courtesy https://www.atomicheritage.org/ On reading the news of the director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming biopic ‘Oppenheimer’ I was reminded of a piece I had written for the IANS wire five years ago to mark the 113th birth anniversary... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2022 at South Asia Daily
Thank you very much for reading, Dr. Wakhlu.
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2022 on My Kashmir files at South Asia Daily
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The release of the director Vivek Agnihotri’s much-discussed film ‘The Kashmir Files’ brings back several memories of my having reported the harrowing plight of the Kashmiri Pandits in the early 1990s from Anantnag, Srinagar, Jammu and New Delhi. I was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2022 at South Asia Daily
If memory serves this month marks my 40th year in journalism even though I started interning at the Free Press Journal (FPJ) in Bombay towards the end of 1981 at a stipend of 500 rupees. It was only around this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2022 at South Asia Daily
The passing of Shiv Kumar Pareek, a long-trusted aide of India’s former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpyee reminds me of my only encounter with him in December 1992. It was either the 8th or the 9th of that December nearly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2022 at South Asia Daily
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Shane Warne brought to the craft of legspin an artistry of the highest order. When the ball left his palm it seemed to fly and spin in a combination that was pure physics and pure genius. Every time I watched... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2022 at South Asia Daily
Vijaya, Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to write in. I am touched. Cheers Mayank
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2022 on Mother and I at South Asia Daily
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Vidya Sinha (There is a link embedded in the photograph to the song.) Not that I have ever been asked that but if I am ever asked how I would like to be looked at by a woman, I would... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2022 at South Asia Daily