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Mayank Chhaya
Journalist trying to be a full-time writer
Interests: Everything and nothing.
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Red rock--MC Continue reading
Posted yesterday at South Asia Daily
Every time physicists announce the discovery of a new particle my confidence in physics gets slightly more atomized. (Get it? Particles, atomized?) CERN, also known as the Large Hadron Collider, has just announced the discovery of a new particle called... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at South Asia Daily
Even as the US Supreme Court first said today that President Donald Trump must hand over his financial records to prosecutors I told myself that it will not allow the same access to US Congress where Congressional Democrats had demanded... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at South Asia Daily
Growing up in Ahmedabad in the 1960s and 70s, it was natural that Laxmikant Pyarelal came to me before Ennio Morricone (pronounced ennyo mo ri ko ney). Hence ‘Taron mein saj ke apne suraj se” from the 1971 film ‘Jal... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at South Asia Daily
I think it is time for a booster shot of some reflected glory. The Dalai Lama turns 85 tomorrow. Given my abiding interest in the subject I was just digging around the net to see if I can write something... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2020 at South Asia Daily
Saroj Khan, who died at age 71, was one of India’s most defining movie choreographers. This song composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal and written by Rajinder Krishn was one of Saroj Khan’s earliest pieces of choreography and as far as I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2020 at South Asia Daily
Last night, as part of my radio interview series 'Stars Aligned' for Bharat FM I had the extraordinary poet-writer Javed Akhtar as my guest. We spoke for about an hour and a half in now what I am being told... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2020 at South Asia Daily
My writer's desks An Instagram of her writer’s desk by dear friend and fellow journalist Natasha Israni prompted this post. Lately, I have been slacking off a bit on writing this blog which I have written everyday for 12 years,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2020 at South Asia Daily
Today marks the 99th birth anniversary of India’s late pioneering reformist Prime Minister P V Narsimha Rao, with whose five-year tenure about half of my posting in New Delhi as a journalist coincided. During that posting I met him many... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2020 at South Asia Daily
The one question that former National Security Adviser John Bolton has been aggressively and even disdainfully asked—by the way, rightly so—is why it is that he was willing to say for two million dollars (his supposed book advance) things about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2020 at South Asia Daily
We might as well call it Preparation H1B. That’s how Indian technology professionals are feeling now. The way these work visas, which go to Indian tech professionals in a vast majority year after year, have been temporarily suspended by President... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2020 at South Asia Daily
The Galwan River Valley, Google Earth view If you want to understand the recent violent India-China confrontation in the Galwan River Valley along the line of actual control between the two Asian giants, I suggest you do not use Google... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2020 at South Asia Daily
I have never understood why people did not and still do not realize that Google searches are not free at all. You and I and billions of other suckers pay Google in personal data which as we now know can... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2020 at South Asia Daily
Eleven years after US prosecutors first claimed in a court memorandum that Dr. Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a Canadian of Pakistani origin resident in Chicago, had prior knowledge of the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, he has been rearrested on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2020 at South Asia Daily
We have had to long redefine what constitutes a damning conduct in public life during the Trump era. Everything feels like cavalier, up-yours transgression and yet nothing seems to eventually work. Now comes an even more damning insider account from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2020 at South Asia Daily
Sushant Singh Rajput from his Twitter feed, January 21, 1986--June 14, 2020 I did not know the actor Sushant Singh Rajput at all but what I knew a little bit about him was his abiding passion for physics. There are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2020 at South Asia Daily
Anna Wintour--MC Vogue’s eternal boss Anna Wintour is 70-years-old, an age by which I presume most people have known, comprehended, dealt with, resolved or even chosen to consciously ignore life’s many horrible socio-cultural problems. One of those problems would be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2020 at South Asia Daily
It is commendable that America’s top military official, General Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has apologized for walking along President Donald Trump across Lafayette Square in Washington D.C. for a photo op after protesters... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2020 at South Asia Daily
Add to the long list of being told again and again and again that Albert Einstein was right about some profound theory or the other, something even grander. Einstein’s idea of the universality of free fall, which is at the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2020 at South Asia Daily
Lotus--MC This morning I got a lovely alert from the Dalai Lama’s office the upcoming release of an album titled ‘Inner World’ featuring mantras and teachings by him. “Inner World is an offering of the Dalai Lama reciting mantras and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2020 at South Asia Daily
As preparation for a possible radio interview with the well-known science journalist Sonia Shah for my new weekly show on Bharat FM, I have just begun reading her latest book ‘The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at South Asia Daily
Two very short stories. By Mayank Chhaya There was once a very hungry, very lonely cannibal. He ate. *** Erwin Schrodinger had a cat that he did not have. The End Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2020 at South Asia Daily
On his 91st birth anniversary today, I am thinking of Sunil Dutt today for several reasons but two predominant ones—one his emotional demonstrativeness and the other inherent decency. Of all movie stars I have met and interacted with in some... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2020 at South Asia Daily
Reading Michelle Goldberg’s regular column in The New York Times today about “Tom Cotton’s fascist op-ed”, I was set thinking about something tangential. She rightly denounces Republican Senator Cotton and a strong votary of anything and everything that President Donald... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2020 at South Asia Daily