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Mayank Chhaya
Journalist trying to be a full-time writer
Interests: Everything and nothing.
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This should be all for today. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at South Asia Daily
I did this quick piece for South Asia Monitor, a specialized policy journal, yesterday. By Mayank Chhaya In contrast to the old adage that “Success has a thousand fathers while failure is an orphan”, in India’s just concluded parliamentary elections... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at South Asia Daily
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a victory rally on May 23 Defying my professional impulses, I successfully stayed away from the often ludicrous and embarrassingly ignorant social media back and forth over the just concluded parliamentary elections in India. The... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at South Asia Daily
Yoga, karma, pundit and guru must be among the four most used Sanskrit words in America and not necessarily in that order. This week it is the turn of karma. The concept of karma is being invoked yet again in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at South Asia Daily
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Raah-MC राह है, कहीं तो जाती होगी ग़लत या सही, कोई मंज़िल तो पाती होगी (It's a path, it ought to go somewhere Right or wrong, it must find a destination) --मयंक छाया/MC That should be all for the day. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at South Asia Daily
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meditating near the Kedarnath shrine in the Himalayas. (Photo courtesy: His Twitter handle) It seems exit polls in India have acquired the sanctity of an officially certified national election outcome. Reading the average numbers from the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at South Asia Daily
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This took me about seven minutes from a blank canvas to finish this morning. It has become my current favorite. I painted it from memory of a stunning melange of clouds last evening over Naperville. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at South Asia Daily
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Tathagata--MC As India celebrates Buddha Purnima, the 2562nd anniversary of the Buddha, I republish a somewhat reimagined encounter between the Buddha and Pukkusati whom he found to be earnest and intelligent that I wrote a couple of years ago. My... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2019 at South Asia Daily
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'Study of a Head', 1952, Francis Bacon, (Image: Sotheby's) My pastel study of 'Study of a Head' I do not necessarily like the celebrated British figurative artist Francis Bacon’s (1909-1992) famously raw and macabre paintings but admire his brilliant craft.... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at South Asia Daily
Saptarshi, Thank you for reading. Much appreciated.
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Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve, Naperville (Photo: MC) Naperville has some lovely trails as part of its forest preserves. I took to one of them, Springbrook Prairie Forest Preserve yesterday for about 20 minutes and was rewarded instantly. It is a... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2019 at South Asia Daily
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'Meules', 1891 masterpiece by Claude Monet, sold for a record $110 million at Sotheby's yesterday. (Image: www.sothebys.com) They also call him Claude Money. The great Impressionist master Monet remains perhaps the most irresistible name in the world of art auction... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at South Asia Daily
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It is not very often that I want to erase a painting of mine although, strictly on merit, many of them deserve that fate. Yesterday, I began painting a face with swirls of an old paint-hardened napkin. I thought the... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at South Asia Daily
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I have been thinking about my default reaction to everything that is existence these days. Going through my portfolio of paintings I found one that I had painted in April, last year. In a sense, the person depicted here is... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2019 at South Asia Daily
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'Home Grown', 1952, Oil on board by Margaret Fisher Prout (Courtesy of Tate) This morning I have been captivated by this 1952 oil paint on board by the British artist Margaret Fisher Prout (1875-1963). I chanced upon it on the... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2019 at South Asia Daily
I am not the meditating type. That is because I live under the illusion that I am in a permanent state of meditation. Speaking of meditation, mindfulness comes to mind; particularly in the context of two distinct kinds of pain... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2019 at South Asia Daily
I have steadfastly stayed away from jumping into the frenetic and frenzied debate, often fueled by self-assured ignorance, over India’s marathon general elections lasting five and a half weeks. Some 900 million Indians are eligible to vote of which there... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2019 at South Asia Daily
I have no illusions about how valuable my personal data is. In other words, it is not that valuable. Even with that approach to my rather judicious use of social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp ( the last... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at South Asia Daily
Over the decades, I have written a lot of random things for my own consumption. I have occasionally shared some here. Today is one such day. The best I can describe them is as poetic constructs. One of them is... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at South Asia Daily
Reading excerpts from Gabriel García Márquez’s collection of his journalistic pieces in “The Scandal of the Century,” it struck me how obsessed he was with being a journalist. He called journalism “the best job in the world”. He also once... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at South Asia Daily
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A Hawksbill turtle near Indian coral reef, the Maldives (Photo: Andrey Armyagov/Shutterstock.com) The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is the United Nations’ panel of experts of nature and biodiversity. It has just issued a report that... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2019 at South Asia Daily
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Dawn--MC These days I feel a near debilitating urge to paint. Do not confuse that with the quality of what I paint. That may still suck or not, but the point is painting, like poetry and physics, is always just... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2019 at South Asia Daily
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I have no intentions of making it a recurring annual republication of my tribute to Zini aka Snehlata, my mother, who died exactly a year ago today in Jodhpur. I am doing it just this once since some of my... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2019 at South Asia Daily