Ramya Sarma

Killing the story

June 18, 2011
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 around him. He was shot a number of times before the bikers sped off. He died of his wounds before he could be admitted into hospital. Read more »

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Hasan Zillur Rahim

Apple’s ascendance

June 12, 2011
Apple’s ascendance

Mindshare is as important for technology companies to flourish as market share. On both counts, Apple is soaring, guided by its visionary chief Steve Jobs.

For Silicon Valley’s iconic CEO, each Apple product – iPod, iPhone, iPad, iAnyThing – must not only be a marvel of technology but also a work of art. This confluence of function, design, aesthetics, software and hardware has captivated consumers around the globe and transformed Apple into the most valuable technology company in the world. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

MF Husain: the artist who made history

June 10, 2011
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 eyes wild, nostrils flared. They were beautiful, free and fast, running against the wind along an open plain. And I was awed, even then, by the fast that all that freedom, all that movement, all that speed, was captured in just a few brushstrokes on a wall. Read more »

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S. N. M. Abdi

Sen’s nonsense

June 9, 2011
Sen’s nonsense

Faridpur-born eminent Indian film director Mrinal Sen is being pilloried as a communist lackey. Normally celebrities like Sen are surrounded by lackeys. But after the ignominious fall of the communist regime in West Bengal, the 89-year-old is suddenly exposed to public scorn and ridicule in Kolkata — the city he migrated to as an ambitious young man and famously described as his El Dorado after scaling the dizzy heights of success. Read more »

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Rumi Ahmed

The killer of Azam Khan

June 8, 2011
The killer of Azam Khan

Azam Khan, the pop legend breathed his last a few days ago. Azam Khan contributed more than his fair share to the country he helped create and to the people he lived to entertain. Unlike most, he will live in our collective memories and his songs will remain beyond the longevity of many generations. Read more »

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Frank Domenico Cipriani

If the singer is silenced…

June 7, 2011
If the singer is silenced…

Events of the week have intervened, as usual, to flavour my writing. At a party in Pittsburgh, I was in the presence of my cousin’s wife’s family, a very musically talented group of Paraguayans. Into the night, the family regaled us with tales of the military coup which had toppled the dictator Alfredo Stroessner in 1989.

At the night of the coup, a gunfight erupted in Asuncion, practically on the front yard of the family’s home. Read more »

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Afsan Chowdhury

Azam Khan: our king of pop is dead, long live the king

June 6, 2011
Azam Khan: our king of pop is dead, long live the king

Azam Khan is dead bringing an end to a life that symbolised his generation more than anything else. He was a cultural legend in his lifetime who achieved such a status more quickly than any other Bangladeshi. He sang of frustration and anger, in the earlier days of the ‘70s but mellowed as time went by reflecting his own life and its struggles. Read more »

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Hasan Zillur Rahim

Justice in an imperfect world

June 4, 2011
Justice in an imperfect world

In a perfect world, justice delayed is indeed justice denied. But we live in an imperfect world and so justice delayed sometimes has to be thought of as justice served.

Such is the case with Serbian general Ratko Mladic, architect of the slaughter of 8,000 Muslim children, women and men in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica between July 10 and July 13 in 1995. Read more »

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Ramya Sarma

Hunger is a good weapon

June 3, 2011
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 protest too. And one very Indian way of protesting is to stop eating, the practice known as a ‘hunger strike’. Read more »

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