In praise of Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar. No one cricketer will have given so many people around the world such unadulterated joy as he has. No one batsman will have caused such jaw-dropping awe among rival bowlers as the little big man. No one causes the air to be filled with so much electricity that …

What if? A Sunny story

Narayan kaka’s observant eyes did not miss much. As he cradled his nephew of a few hours lovingly in his arms, he noticed that the bundle of joy, kicking freely on being delivered from his mother’s womb, had a tiny little hole near the top of his left ear lobe. He …

The rag picker

Dearest Pablo, Trust this finds you in good health and cheer. I write to tell you that our ploy worked — and superbly at that. I have just got an e-mail from the World Press Photo Academy to say that I have got an honourable mention in the human interest …

(Up)Set the pace

A few months after I first hit a celluloid ball as a pre-teen, I believed I was ready for tournament play and entered a day-long table tennis event at the YMCA in Hyderabad. I drew a bye in the first round and, for some reason, my second round opponent did …

A village story

I had to make haste to the village I had lived in from the time eight members of my family died in a tractor-trailer crash on their way to the mela in the nearest town. I had heard whispers in the neighbouring village that an urgent war council (read Panchayat) …

Bharatanatyam

Priya & her friends, students of Parampara, turned out for their annual performance on Sunday, December 12, 2010. Along with four others, Priya was part of the vibrant Thillana act. Here are some photos from that act and there is one of the whole group of students who performed under …