The female of the species

June 24, 2011
Ramya Sarma
The female of the species

Many years ago, my parents decided it was time to have a child and went about the job with one aim in mind: they wanted a daughter. They got one. And they were happy. But this not always the case in this country that I call home: India.
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Killing the story

June 18, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Killing the story

Over the past few days in India, all media headlines have been focused on one issue – the killing of crime journalist Jyotirmoy Dey, in the daytime, in well-populated Mumbai city. The story is tragically simple – Dey was riding his motorbike, on his way home to his wife, when four other bikes veered...
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MF Husain: the artist who made history

June 10, 2011
Ramya Sarma
MF Husain: the artist who made history

Many many years ago, when I was a very small girl, I remember going to the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai with my parents and looking up at an enormous wall. There were these huge horses galloping toward me, all black, white, grey and brown, their tails flowing, their manes waving, their...
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Hunger is a good weapon

June 3, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Hunger is a good weapon

For the past few months in India, protest has been the name of various games. People want something, they protest; if they don’t want something, they protest; if they think something is wrong, they protest; and, once in a strange while, if they think something is right, they do a little bit of a...
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From real to reel – life goes to the movies

May 27, 2011
Ramya Sarma
From real to reel – life goes to the movies

In 2006, Bangladesh found itself in the international media spotlight, for all the right reasons. One of its well-known citizens, Muhammad Yunus, an economist and one-time professor of the subject, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work, which also shared the honour: the Grameen Bank, an institution that provides small loans to...
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All news is good news

May 21, 2011
Ramya Sarma
All news is good news

It is amazing how clichés can be fiddled with and made to fit the occasion…any occasion. Take my title for this piece, for instance. For the last week, I have been trying to get the brand new website that my team has been working on seen and talked about, using any and every means...
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The problem with star gazing

May 13, 2011
Ramya Sarma
The problem with star gazing

The media has been full of images of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the Cannes Film Festival. Her fashion statement has been discussed, debated and critiqued threadbare for many years now – ten, at least, since this is her tenth year at the event. And while one person said she got it right, another killed...
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Knowing the bad guys

May 6, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Knowing the bad guys

The news is full of it. And that does not imply what it commonly does in everyday casual lingo, honest! I was actually speaking of the locating and killing of Osama bin Laden, which fascinating topic has been the focus of all and every television news channel, newspaper, magazine (when printing schedules permit) and...
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Wedding wows

April 29, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Wedding wows

It is being called the wedding of the decade. But then they said that about another wedding that happened many years before, in 1981, when Lady Diana Spencer married Charles, heir to the throne of the British empire. On April 29, today, her first son, Prince William of Wales, married Catherine Middleton at Westminster...
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The great buying bazaar

April 22, 2011
Ramya Sarma
The great buying bazaar

I was at the mall yesterday and found that almost every store had a huge crowd bogging up the aisles, milling around the checkout counters and trolling through the shelves. It was sale time, a special event that had been announced in every newspaper, magazine, brochure and flyer for many days before the melee...
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The art of craft

April 15, 2011
Ramya Sarma
The art of craft

A couple of weeks ago the gentleman who supplies us with printing paper and cartridges for the printer called to say that he had received a new shipment of stuff. His wife was really the dealer, he explained, and she was ready to show us some of the latest lot. Good quality, he promised,...
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No apologies, please!

April 1, 2011
Ramya Sarma
No apologies, please!

It’s cricket season and crunch time, with the semi-finals showing who has the power to stay in the game and compete for the coveted World Cup. Bangladesh, unfortunately, crashed out some days ago, when South Africa beat the team quite comprehensively. As host of the opening game, the nation must have been devastated, but...
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Not quite a lady, but a diva!

March 25, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Not quite a lady, but a diva!

The first time I saw her, though not in real life, was when I was taken to see Taming of the Shrew, the Hollywood version of the Shakespeare classic, many years ago. She is introduced through a peephole in a large wooden door, as a pair of startlingly beautiful violet eyes, heavily made up,...
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Stand up and be counted

March 18, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Stand up and be counted

Every now and then our front door bell rings and there stands a stout little gentleman carrying a huge bag, smiling a small smile. He takes his shoes off, comes in and sits down at our dining table, unfurling a huge roll of papers almost larger than he is. Taking a sip of the...
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Disaster strikes Japan; alarm bell for the world

March 11, 2011
Ramya Sarma
Disaster strikes Japan; alarm bell for the world

Traditionally, historically, the Japanese are very stoic people, who prefer to show no emotion, never betraying how they really feel. But right now, in a new time and space where grief outweighs any age-old norms of behaviour, the need to express anguish, shock and pain is overwhelming. The small country with a big honour...
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