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Mayank Chhaya
Journalist trying to be a full-time writer
Interests: Everything and nothing.
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Every so often, I watch 'Roman Holiday' in the hope that some of Joe Bradley's luck might rub off on me. Not being even remotely romantic, I watch it for the possibility that in the intervening decades the film may... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at South Asia Daily
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Defying my early arthritic knees, inherited from my late mother Snehlata, this morning I embarked on the biggest painting of my career so far. I found a trashed piece of plywood, 4 ft x 4 ft, and felt compelled to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at South Asia Daily
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It is does not take any significant insight to say that the staggering Pulwama attack had to have been a result of meticulous and detailed planning at least weeks in the making. It brought together so many varied pieces that... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at South Asia Daily
To read poetry is to second-guess the poet. This is particularly true of great poets. Speaking of great poets, Ghalib, whose 150th death anniversary happens to be today. He died on February 15, 1869. Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan aka Ghalib... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at South Asia Daily
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(I am acutely conscious that the likeness is disastrous here but I am still going ahead using this pastel of mine as if it were Madhubala) On the 86th birthday today of the great Indian star Madhubala, regarded as Hindi... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at South Asia Daily
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That the universe is eventually meaningless or pointless has long been my favorite view of it since age 13. As I drift towards my 60th year in about a couple of years, that view has not necessarily changed but the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at South Asia Daily
It may seem counterintuitive to many but not to me to find that India and China are the two leading contributors to the significant increase in the greening of Earth in the last 20 years. A new study in the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at South Asia Daily
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Dead me by me There is something exhilarating about painting unplanned. On a blank canvas or paper, one lets the hand move as if on autopilot. Occasionally, the result is interesting. Yesterday, I dropped a few drops of white and... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at South Asia Daily
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Monet's window--MC That's all for today. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2019 at South Asia Daily
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Mini scarves based on my artworks/painting at VIDA My plan to turn my paintings and artworks into a range of wearable merchandise via the fashion label VIDA may not have been substantially successful but at the very least, there are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2019 at South Asia Daily
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Tuba player-collage--MC This cutout collage of my painting 'Tuba player' (below) works for me today. You can buy its various merchandise here. Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2019 at South Asia Daily
It is the greatness of Urdu poetry and Hindi cinema songs there is always at least one piece of writing—usually it is multiple pieces—for any of life’s existential disquietudes. One of my all-time favorite verses was written by the early... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at South Asia Daily
Nuwan, Thank you so much for reading. Not having read the book, I do not know but it makes sense that the English version is closer to it than the Hindi one.
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Nuwan, thank you. :)
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2019 on Is it love or Gulab Jamun? at South Asia Daily
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Is it just me or this constant and cloying profession of romantic love by some celebrity couples is getting a bit much? Be it Priyanka Chopra asserting the joys of her improbably cutesy new married life with Nick Jonas or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at South Asia Daily
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Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman in 'The Guide' The movie ‘Guide’, 1965, has over the past five decades of its release become a very well-respected and cherished classic of Hindi cinema. Based on the novel by the great Indian writer... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at South Asia Daily
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From left (In the back row) Mayank, Hitarth, Manoj (In front) Dharmesh, Kinnari, Urvashi, Tushar, Hiren and Ketan I feel like republishing the following post, first written on March 8, 2013. So here goes: This photograph was taken nearly 40... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2019 at South Asia Daily
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With next to no brushwork skills, I occasionally just let myself go with brushes and colors. That may lead to an interesting visual or two. I like two in particularly done in the last couple of days. The one on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2019 at South Asia Daily
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In many ways, this painting of mine set the mood for me to update my 2007 biography of the Dalai Lama “Man, Monk, Mystic.” Staring at a blank canvas over a year and half ago, I felt prompted to wash... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2019 at South Asia Daily
As the political jostling over the real extent of India’s unemployment intensifies in the run-up to the parliamentary election this year, I am instantly reminded of a song from a 1973 movie called “Jwar Bhata”(Tides as in high and low).... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2019 at South Asia Daily
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I am an admirer of Nature’s extremes. They keep our anthropocentric hubris in check. The current polar vortex, which has the entire Midwest in its firm grip with temperatures touching a record -27 F or -32.7 C, is one such... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at South Asia Daily
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Mohandas--MC On the 71st anniversary of Mohandas Gandhi’s assassination today, I republish a post I wrote in 2013. I do so a) because it still works. b) because I am on the verge of publishing a significantly updated biography of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2019 at South Asia Daily
I have just begun reading the English translation of Kalidas’s eternally celebrated Megh Duta or Cloud Messenger. The version I am reading is by Professor Horace Hayman Wilson dating back to 1813. He was a professor of Sanskrit at the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at South Asia Daily
Take a giant slab of irony, roll it in batter of absurdity and then deep-fry it in a cauldron of paradox. What you get is the latest development in Afghanistan. While on the face of it the agreement between the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2019 at South Asia Daily
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Two self-ish portraits for today. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2019 at South Asia Daily