Chidambaram moves HC seeking interim bail

Former Union Minister P Chidambaram moved the Delhi High Court today seeking interim bail in the INX Media money-laundering case on health grounds. Continue Reading

Where losers are winners

I was at once amused, astonished and aghast at a couple of news items that appeared one below the other in a national daily. PayTM, a much touted desi payment app, hogged the headlines for two diametrically opposite reasons. One proudly proclaimed that PayTM’s parent company would be bidding for a sizeable stake in the private sector Yes Bank. And another announced that the same parent has tripled its losses in three years between FY2016-19, from Rs 1,500 crore to Rs 4,217 crore. Continue Reading

‘Bigg Boss’ Saravanan – Riding on a confession

A man in red shirt raised his hand and casually said he has molested and groped women while travelling by bus, back in his college days. Not just that, he confessed this in a TV reality show – Bigg Boss Season 3. He did this in front of crores and crores of people who are said to be glued to the show. Continue Reading

Pen Drive column: Incredible Tamilnadu!

A talk with a friend who had just returned from a concert tour of Europe got me thinking about Tamilnadu’s place in the sun. Renowned violinist sisters M Lalitha and M Nandini said they had become more than ambassadors of Carnatic music: they had even become Tamilnadu tourism ambassadors for their ‘rasikas’ in Europe. Continue Reading

Modi’s DNA

Modi the politician and Modi the Prime Minister are but just minor manifestations of Modi, the mighty man. In these days of celluloid super heroes, India appears to have found an invincible one in flesh and blood. Not just elections and not just politics, India’s present story is the story of Modi, a story that is unfolding as an unbelievable history. Continue Reading

Predicting pollsters

The ban on poll-astrology some years back was heart-breaking news for Media. Predictions, particularly the exit polls, whatever their credibility, released right on the evening of poll-day, constituted much of primetime and contributed hugely to TRP in a highly competitive environ. Continue Reading

A wave of waves

Poll pundits predicting poll prospects seem pretty sure there is no wave this time. How off the mark! If only these ‘experts’ were to see with their eyes instead of perceiving with their intellect, they will realise there are only waves all over the pollscape. And seeing is believing, mind you. Continue Reading

Count-‘less’ days

It was all over in a flash, the polls. And more than a fortnight has passed, since. The results are another three weeks away. I am not really bothered about the candidates who are on RAC nor their party leaders with their fingers crossed. Continue Reading