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59 hours and counting – Part II

June 12, 2015


The summer gave to some good memories of Calcutta, thanks to Piku and Detective Byomkesh Bakshi. Both the movies (directed by Bengalis) showcased the city so well. This reminded me of this long pending post, especially after getting lovely feedback for the preceding part of this trip. Given that the monsoon had engulfed Mumbai, I […]

Football and filter coffee

December 18, 2014


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, […]

Viswanathan Anand: the champion fights back

April 7, 2014


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 […]

Trip Sheet 2013

January 1, 2014


February Dadar – Madras Egmore: – Super March Madras Central – CSTM: Mumbai Express August CSTM – Pune: Madras Mail Pune – Secunderabad: Shatabdi Secunderbad – Gudur: Simhapuri Superfast Gudur – Madras Central: Pinakini Superfast Madras Central – Nellore: Pinakini Superfast Nellore – Madras Central: Navjeevan Superfast Madras Central – CST: Mumbai Express September Bombay […]

Idol Mika’s words push Michimi

August 18, 2013


It is sweltering in Chennai on a Saturday afternoon as twenty-year-old Shinya Michimi almost buries his face into a table fan at the Madras Motor Sports Club race track at Irungattukotai. Michimi, born and brought up in Ohio, USA, is not competing in the driver’s championship of the MMSC-FMSCI national racing championships, but has come […]


August 14, 2013


As a railway enthusiast, it has been a shameful and regrettable year till Sunday.  A lone journey to Madras and back by the Dadar-Egmore Super and Mumbai Express in February. It still is bad as of Wednesday, but an eventful ride again to Madras via Secunderabad has added mileage to the trip sheet. The Madras […]

Kamal Hassan and Vishwaroopam

January 31, 2013


I have not been an obsessive fan of Kamal Hassan, nor for that matter a vocal supporter of his work. I got the chance to see the man in flesh and bones in Mumbai after the second Test against England. Hoping to get lucky with an interview of any cricketer I could meet at the […]