Getting the jobs done

October 8, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Getting the jobs done

Many many years ago, when I was very young but had already started writing, I used a pencil and wrote in laborious longhand on lined paper. Soon, I had graduated to bashing away on a typewriter, first an old model we had inherited and then a more modern electronic one that beeped if I...
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Animal enthusiasm

September 30, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Animal enthusiasm

I was reading this morning about some large animals – a rhino and a couple of elephants – in the zoo in Mumbai, a place called Ranibagh situated right in the most crowded part of the city. The unfortunate creatures are single, alone, without mates, without company, with no real friends except their keepers,...
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When the music stopped…

October 11, 2011
Ramya Sarma
When the music stopped…

In 1941, a few years before India became an independent nation, a son was born to devout Sigh parents in Sriganganagar, Rajasthan. He was called Jagmohan, but his father changed his name as per the suggestion of the family’s guru of the Namdhari sect. The child became Jagjit Singh – a name that is...
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Can we ever be ready to die?

September 23, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Can we ever be ready to die?

Disaster is a part of life anywhere in the world. And as one disaster follows the other, as it will inevitably do, people learn from the first and are better prepared to face the second. Or so anyone would presume. But things are not that simple.
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And terror knocks on our door…again!

September 13, 2011
Ramya Sarma
And terror knocks on our door…again!

After 26/11, 2008, when ten terrorists came sneaking in to Mumbai and held hundreds of people and a whole city hostage, we promised ourselves that it would never happen again. We tightened our heartstrings, our belts and our security systems and battened down the hatches that had allowed the baddies to come sneaking into...
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The God of all things

September 4, 2011
Ramya Sarma
The God of all things

August 31 was Ganesh Chaturti in India, the day when the Lord Ganesha was born. He is the universally beloved Elephant God, the child with the head of a baby elephant, the adult with the head of a fully grown tusker.
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Shammi Kapoor: India’s very own Elvis

August 26, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Shammi Kapoor: India’s very own Elvis

Many years ago, when I was in graduate school in the United States, I saw my first Shammi Kapoor film. I was staying with an Indian friend and knew next to nothing about Hindi movies, stars or anything about the place called Bollywood that existed in and around my home city of Mumbai.
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We all need a hero

August 20, 2011
Ramya Sarma
We all need a hero

For the past few months one small and unassuming man has been making a lot of noise all over my country, India. His name is Kisan Baburao Hazare, and he is usually known as Anna. He has a reason to make his presence felt and has much of this nation – educated and not,...
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The freedom to be independent

August 14, 2011
Ramya Sarma
The freedom to be independent

It is the 65th year of my country’s independence on August 15, and I feel a strange sense of joy at knowing I am part of a nation that has earned its freedom. We – my grandparents’ generation actually – fought long and hard to earn that right and took huge risks, sacrificed their...
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Potholing could become an Olympic sport!

August 7, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Potholing could become an Olympic sport!

I was out yesterday and most of the time, trying to navigate the roads of my city, Mumbai. It was not just a time-consuming effort, given the traffic bogging up every street, but also a rather painful one.
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Style versus substance – an old conundrum

July 29, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Style versus substance – an old conundrum

The Indian media has been buzzing madly with news and views on the visit of Hina Rabbani Khar to India. She landed at Delhi airport a few days ago with all the noise and fanfare that only a young and good looking woman from a traditionally male-dominated country with a history of hostility with...
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The new ‘Iron Lady’ comes to tea

July 23, 2011
Ramya Sarma
The new ‘Iron Lady’ comes to tea

She came, she saw, she spoke and she conquered a few sceptics with her neat logic and undoubted enthusiasm. But Hillary Clinton’s main strength is perhaps her genuine interest in my country, India. She was here earlier this week, speaking of many issues that concerned not only India and the United States as friends...
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Blood on the streets, again!

July 15, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Blood on the streets, again!

It seems to be a never-ending story. Back in 1993, about 18 years ago, a series of bombs went off across the city of Mumbai – or Bombay, as it still was then. I was in the city then, doing a little shopping very close to the Stock Exchange building, where the blast tore...
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Singing on the rain

July 8, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Singing on the rain

The monsoon has just revived in Mumbai after a few weeks of muggy weather and people are celebrating. Yes, there are problems with flooded roads, stalled trains, water logging, slugs and worms, fungus, damp clothes, smelly carpets and much more, but it is that time of year when the temperatures suddenly and pleasurably drop...
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Getting away with murder

July 1, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Getting away with murder

Grabbing headlines and TV slots in India lately, is one big deal of a case: murder. About three years ago, on May 7, 2008, a young man called Neeraj Grover was brutally killed by an ex-navy officer called Emile Jerome Mathew in the apartment of a Kannada actress called Maria Susairaj. Mathew and Susairaj...
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