Dilip D'Souza
Dilip D'Souza
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Life

Sunil Khilnani's 'Incarnations: India in 50 Lives' shines a light on history we take for granted

Sunil Khilnani's 'Incarnations: India in 50 Lives' is a testament to the writer's ability to find a telling thought about the person he's chronicling

First Cricket News

Silence at the stadium, riots elsewhere: the price of shallow nationalism

Because we burden our cricket with this albatross of our nationalism, we have the incidents that flared up after last week’s loss to the West Indies.

Life

Book Review: Mark Lee's 'Knocking at the Open Door' is a heartfelt, absorbing memoir of his years with J Krishnamurti

This is a book that grapples with the ideals J Krishnamurti speaks of, but grapples no less sincerely with the realities of his and their shortcomings.

Life

The book that could have been thoughtful, but wasn't: Salil Tripathi is forcing words into his experience

But too often, Salil Tripathi is forcing the words onto his experience, seeking significance in every sentence he writes to match some other writer’s thoughts.

Life

Book review: 'Crossing Over From Mental Illness to Mental Wellness' is a brave memoir that will open minds

Throughout the book, Crossing Over From Mental Illness to Mental Wellness, it is Mehta’s “up” moments that underline just how frightening the “downs” are.

Blogs

Dear Vasant Dhoble, you remind me of Kondke; so what?

For every Dhoble who thinks not paying an entry fee in a restaurant is immoral, you'll have no difficulty finding others who give that kind of posturing no importance at all, who think it's absurd to even suggest it, thank you very much.

Blogs

IPL: A much-hyped T20 format that killed free markets

It's hard to mention "IPL" and "ballet" in the same breath, even if I've managed it in this sentence.

Mumbai

No more Constellations: Plane-spotting in Twitter age

I can vouch for the absolute absence of romance in contemporary air travel. Yet there's a way — and you don't even need to buy a ticket and fly — to rekindle it.

Blogs

Off my high-horse: The 25 pc adjustment in education

The RTE will do what college does — prove that the definite misfit, the one who certainly has to make some serious mental adjustments, is not the poor kid but the city-bred, 'well-to-do' kid.

Blogs

A better man by far: Accidental arrogance on our streets

Here's the Bombay accident manual, in full: It's always the other guy's fault. Never admit you made a mistake. Refuse any help. Be a man, dammit!

Blogs

Century in the neighbourhood: Sachin reaches a mythic milestone

The endless cycle of anticipation and disappointment is unfair, most of all, to Tendulkar himself. After all, he's played plenty of superb innings in the year since his 99th century.

Blogs

Have Bandra's xenophobes forgotten their own history?

Cultural mixing, despite its Catholic image, has always been characteristic of Bandra. Now some Catholics in the queen of Mumbai's suburbs are beginning to resent that very fact.

Blogs

As Bombay turns to dusk, sorrow for a tower

No more siren, no more double-decker 123, OK. But why demolish a tower?

Blogs

Saris, a cat and the water supply: Skywalking to the elections

If you want to take a stock of municipal achievements, take a stroll along one of the city's various skywalks before you go to vote in the coming Municipal election.

Blogs

Gawker nation: Why BMC chose Sachin's side of the road over mine

To our Municipality, an absent Little Master deserves a job completed to perfection. The rest of us, no. Still, it's election time in a few weeks. I'll remember.

Sports

Don't cry for me, Ranji-ana

When Bombay took on Punjab in their 7th Ranji match, what you heard at Wankhede was not "Jaffer, Jaffer" but "Rahul, Rahul". And this tells the story of a once-proud tournament.

Mumbai

What's in there: a centenary, the Gateway and a shed

Why no 100-year celebration for the Gateway of India? The answer lies hidden in a nondescript shed near Mumbai's Elphinstone College.