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Not the one

By Siddharth Prasad I used to be able to point at a car from among traffic and sexistly pronounce, “That’s being driven by a woman.” Any ladies in the car with me would, of course, immediately assault me with cries of ‘MCP’ etc.; but in eight cases out of ten, I’d be...

Diagonal in Delhi

By Siddharth Prasad I’ve had it up till here with people saying that Delhi’s drivers are a rude and uncultured lot. It’s simply not true. Well, ‘rude’ may be true, but ‘uncultured’ definitely not. Delhi’s drivers have, in fact, a demonstrably literary bent of mind....

Hobbies for the horizontally inclined

By Siddharth Prasad It isn’t easy being a nature lover. People expect so much more from you. If you haven’t hugged a couple of trees before breakfast and knocked off a poacher or two by midafternoon, people think you aren’t doing the job right. The list of Recommended...

Back to the past

By Siddharth Prasad A friend of mine has recently written a novel set in the mid-1800s. Not a very exciting period to pitch your plot in, you’d think. But actually, when you really go into the matter, you’ll see it’s a very smart move. That’s because ever since...

The Bollywood we don’t

By Siddharth Prasad Now that Bombay has officially reverted to being Mumbai, the big question being asked in nomenclatural circles is whether Bollywood should now be renamed Mollywood? The big hitch, of course, is that the Malayalam film industry already bears that...