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Mayank Chhaya
Journalist trying to be a full-time writer
Interests: Everything and nothing.
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It is a morning of debilitating ennui. I am not quite sure of the cause. Perhaps it is because it is snowing outside. Or may be, because it is snowing inside my mind. Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at South Asia Daily
Vinoba Bhave Vinoba by MC Yesterday was the 36th death anniversary of the remarkable Vinoba Bhave. I am late by a day to herald it but I do so with the republication of a post I wrote about him on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at South Asia Daily
Modesty, especially carefully calibrated and choreographed, is a prized commodity in Indian culture. Bragging is frowned upon even if it is sometimes a simple statement of fact. Successful people often go to risible lengths to underplay their achievements for fear... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at South Asia Daily
Jawaharlal Nehru by Yousuf Karsh, Copyright Karsh of Ottawa, 1956 November 14 feels like a perfect day to remember the great portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh (1908-2002) because he had a connection with Jawaharlal Nehru, whose 129th birth anniversary it is... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at South Asia Daily
Three random works done in the last couple of days. The third one is a version of an interesting painting titled 'Country Haircut' by American painter Milton Avery (1885-1965) on Christie's. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at South Asia Daily
Le bassin aux nymphéas by Claude Monet (Above) and my rapid impression of it (below) In the art world, particularly the heavy hitters among the very wealthy buyers, Claude Monet is also known as Claude Money. That is a quarter... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at South Asia Daily
Alang--MC While watching a short video essay about cinematographer Roger Deakins’ work in ‘Blade Runner 2049’ I found out that some of the scenes in the movies depicting a rusted post-apocalyptic world were partly inspired by the ship-breaking industry in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at South Asia Daily
Woman combing by MC Woman combing, Pencil sketch by MC ‘Woman combing her hair’ by Polish painter Władysław Ślewiński, 1909 Migraine tends to intensify my creative impulses. If I am painting in the midst of an attack, my pictures become... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at South Asia Daily
Girl at pink table--MC एक तो तोरे आवन की आग* उस पर मेरी मिलन की लाग उधर वोह है सपनों में सोये इधर मैं हूँ नींदों में जाग नीम के कडवे वृक्ष पे बैठा एक अधीर आतुर अकेला काग कहीं... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Lal Krishna Advani (Photo: As Lal Krishna Advani, the superannuated patriarch of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) turns 91 today, I have a flood of memories of my many long interactions with him throughout the decade of 1990. That... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2018 at South Asia Daily
My wrap on extreme left In keeping with the mood of the current times when people, especially politicians, brag about manifestly dubious accomplishments, this morning I am going to do the same as well. As part of my morning ritual... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Oumuamua—Mayank Chhaya Over a year after it was first discovered and named Oumuamua, meaning "a messenger that reaches out from the distant past" in Hawaiian, there is renewed theorizing that the unusually shaped object could well have been either a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at South Asia Daily
That's all for today. Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at South Asia Daily
He is dead She is lonely And that’s that. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at South Asia Daily
There are some ancient Indian writings I return to with some regularity. Bhartrhari’s ‘Vairagy Shatakam’ (Hundred Verses on Renunciation) is one of them. I re-read them on an impulse like I started doing yesterday. I have written about it a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Deathbed--MC This may be perhaps a bit dark or even morbid but I have to get it out of my system. Death is frequently on my mind; not necessarily my death, although that too, but death as an inevitability. It... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at South Asia Daily
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in in the Indian vest gifted to him by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi First, let me get a genuine compliment out of the way. President Moon Jae-in looks dapper in the traditional Indian vest tailored... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Bismuth--MC Inspired by the way bismuth crystals look. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at South Asia Daily
The return of the flagrantly China-friendly Mahinda Rajapaksa as Sri Lanka's premier has India scrambling to overhaul its diplomacy with the southern neighbor. At this point it is not clear how well New Delhi’s maneuvers will work to keep Rajapaksa... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at South Asia Daily
I think I have found one significant reason behind my middling, mediocre existence on the margins of relevance. I am just not invested enough in life. When you exude disinterest, disinterest is what you get in return. My most frequently... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at South Asia Daily
As someone who obsesses with colors on a practically continual basis every day let me make some observations about black and white compositions. I do so because people are easily impressed with black and white photos or movies these days.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Science at the highest levels of discourse is by its very nature an exclusive gated community where the swinish multitude is held back at the entrance. To be precise, there is no one really stopping you from entering this gated... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2018 at South Asia Daily
People confuse familiar with comprehensible. As a great anonymous philosopher of our time once wrote, “With time, the universe becomes familiar but not comprehensible.” That anonymous philosopher would be me. I said that on August 9 this year in a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Chop Suey, Edward Hopper, 1929 One auction I am looking forward to with excitement is that of one of Edward Hopper’s most iconic paintings, ‘Chop Suey’(1929), going under the hammer at Christie’s on November 13. It is estimated to sell... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at South Asia Daily
Edgar Degas’ copies of Cezanne's 'Bathers' My copies of Degas’ copies of Cezanne's 'Bathers' As an exercise, I do frequently do pencil sketches of famous works. Yesterday while looking at Edgar Degas’ 1877 sketches of Cezanne's 'Bathers'. I felt prompted... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at South Asia Daily