The Last Post Mortem

  By Dilip Bobb It’s Just Not Cricket. What that refers to is the performance of the Indian cricket team in South Africa. The performance of our batsmen can best be described as hero to zero, or ducks in a row. Many fans are waiting for the Last Post to be played so recent memories […]

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New Year Resolutions

  ~By Dilip Bobb It’s now almost traditional among people of all faiths to faithfully record their resolutions for the year ahead and resolve issues that remained unresolved in 2017. It is, necessarily, an individual choice except in the case of certain organisations that believe in communal activity. Here are the more prominent of the […]

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Star Wars—Episode 2017

~By Dilip Bobb Dickens got it spot on—‘It was the best of times, it was    the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, […]

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Magic Carpet Ride

  ~By Dilip Bobb There’s magic in the air these days, and Gogia Pasha and PC Sarkar, both lamentably late, have nothing to do with it. The new magic has extraordinary powers which are more temporal than spiritual although it does create mass hypnosis which convinces mass gatherings, like election crowds, for instance, to blindly […]

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Finding the Link!

  ~By Dilip Bobb The entire country is in a panic following orders from the GOI—government of India or Mai Baap as some call it—that you need to link your Aadhaar number to all the services you enjoy and pay for, private and public, otherwise they will be cancelled. In other words, you will cease […]

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Queen for Two Days

  ~By Dilip Bobb So overwhelmed was Ivanka Trump by the red carpet welcome she received on her recent trip to India, treated like royalty plus, that she just had to send her father, President Donald Trump, a letter describing what she was experiencing. The White House, as we know by now, has been leaking […]

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Soft Targets

  ~By Dilip Bobb It’s not just soldiers on the northern borders who are in the line of fire, a whole range of people have become soft targets of late, despite the fact that some are dead or fictional characters. Everyone has become an instant expert on ancient history, morality, limits of freedom and the […]

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Darkness at Noon

  ~By Dilip Bobb Residents of the capital are getting used to odd things happening in their lives, like odd and even, which is among the measures being taken when measurement of pollution levels goes through the smokestack. It’s causing a lot of chaos and problems and darker days lie ahead. Here are some areas […]

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Cooking up a Storm

~By Dilip Bobb In kitchens all across India, there is a bubbling and stewing and the shrill whistling of pressure cookers as a storm is stirred up over the alleged proposal to make khichdi the national dish. Other contenders have been in a stew and sparks are flying. Here’s how the culinary clash unfolds. Pav […]

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Conscious Coupling

~By Dilip Bobb The phrase has been trending ever since Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow used a version of it to announce her separation from pop icon Chris Martin. They called it “Conscious Uncoupling”, but here in India, there are some people, places or things that form a permanent association.  Nehru and Edwina, Raj Kapoor and […]

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Fireworks over Diwali

  ~By Dilip Bobb Only in India can this happen. We have been witness to a display of fireworks even before the festival kicks off. It is not a case of premature explosions but the screams of protest by some sections of society over the Supreme Court’s ban on the sale of firecrackers. Tearfully, they […]

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New Tourist Attractions

  ~By Dilip Bobb Now that the Uttar Pradesh government has decreed that the Taj Mahal is no longer an edifice of interest, our bucket list of attractions to see before you kick the bucket has shrunk like middle class wallets. There is, however, no need to despair—forget about the yogis and snake charmers, here’s […]

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