POV

  • u17worldcup U-17 World Cup and the Loneliness of Indian Football

    Being a footballer in India is an exercise in loss. It comes burdened with aggressive cynicism. And the U-17 World Cup might match up to the spectacle of the IPL, but I wonder what it will do for the sport.

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  • kazuoishiguro Cause Kazuo Ishiguro is Not a Noble Man

    I’ve never been to Japan but Nobelist Kazuo Ishiguro is perhaps its most engaging tourist guide: The man who narrates intolerable despair with an equally intolerable restraint.

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  • honeypreet Our Unhealthy Obsession with Honeypreet Insan

    No matter how much we wince and outrage over Honeypreet and Ram Rahim’s relationship, there is a sort of guilty pleasure in watching incestuous stories play out on prime time.

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  • The Anatomy of an Indian Stampede

    There have been stampedes in other parts of the world, but why does it feel like India is an especial victim along the route of this deathly juggernaut?

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  • ChennaiSmoking Back Off Chennai, Let a Lady Smoke in Peace

    In Chennai, I have to pay 200 rupees at a posh café, every time I want to smoke a 16-rupee cigarette. Not that chauvinism doesn’t exist in other Indian cities, but it is especially pronounced in my home city.

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  • DurgaPujo Kolkata’s Durga Pujo: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

    I am back in Kolkata, caught in the centre of the rotating carousel in the great carnival of Durga puja. I hate it and love it in equal measure.

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  • Kohli The Curse of The No 1

    This Indian squad, comprising young and hungry players, has achieved something even legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, and MS Dhoni couldn’t: Beating the fearsome Aussies in straight games.

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  • The Sweet September When Cricket Was Reborn

    You remember sport for the moments, not the statistics, and ten years ago, the inaugural T20 World Cup is the moment cricket changed forever.

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  • Why Seinfeld Would Have Failed at Indian Stand-Up

    Jerry Seinfeld’s new Netflix special releases tonight. The man has been an inspiration to several budding comics, but would he have been written off as a fluff comic with no spine today?

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  • Cringe-Pop and the Case of Irony Gone Awry

    Omprakash Mishra is the perfect icon for a generation that enjoys everything ironically, where it is acceptable to be “so bad, it’s good”. Maybe it is time we retired irony and gave earnestness a chance.

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