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Football and filter coffee

December 18, 2014

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Long before Rajinikanth entered the realm of mass cinema, when he was on the path of being the populist persona that he is now there came a comedy called Thillu Mullu (1981). The movie, directed by K Balachandar, was a remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Gol Maal that had Amol Palekar in the lead. Every remake, […]

Satish Sivalingam: living his father’s dream

July 29, 2014

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  As dawn arrived on Monday, the Sivalingam household had spent a sleepless night celebrating the exploits of their elder son Satish. The 22-year-old weightlifter, a native of Vellore in Tamil Nadu, had rewritten the Commonwealth Games record en route to winning the Gold medal in the 77 kg category event. When Satish clinched a […]

Ashwin strikes back

April 29, 2014

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A piece on R Ashwin written during the World T20, with some updates. When the New Year dawned for R Ashwin, the tag of spin spearhead of the Indian team was cast in a spell of doubt for the spinner. With forgettable outings in South Africa and New Zealand, Ashwin faced a lean patch that […]

A storm in the desert

April 29, 2014

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A piece on Desert Storm rally: It’s a sultry afternoon in Jaipur as CS Santosh finishes formalities with the officials of the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm 2014, the energy-sapping rally from February 24-March 1 across Rajasthan, through the wild, mostly uninhibited outbacks of the Thar Desert. As you speak to the 30-year-old Santosh, who clinched […]

Viswanathan Anand: the champion fights back

April 7, 2014

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Viswanathan Anand is back. Humbled in Chennai, written off by most thereafter, Anand has shown that he may be long in the tooth but strong enough to better seven Candidates and set up a re-match with world champion Magnus Carlsen.   Anand is an amazing person to interview. He is forthcoming and does not show […]

He came, He Shaw, He conquered

November 21, 2013

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A piece on Prithvi Shaw, after his record breaking Harris Shield innings He stands just a bit over five feet, but 14-year-old Prithvi Shaw stood tall at Azad Maidan on Wednesday. The diminutive teenager, playing for Rizvi Springfield (Bandra), etched himself a name in the hallowed school of Mumbai cricket, with blazing knock of 546 […]

The master takes a final bow

November 16, 2013

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It was inevitable. If it did not sink in when the announcement came on October 10, it should at least start from today. Sachin Tendulkar walked off the field for one last time. Sachin Tendulkar has retired. At the end of the 47th over, Mohammed Shami’s in-swinger knocked Shannon Gabriel’s middle stump to give India an […]