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2022-08-11 05:30
The story of stem cells is the story of life itself…A fascinating account of countless, miniscule custodians of new life in the human body, inherently capable of regeneration and… Read More
Sri Ramana Mandiram, Madurai
2022-05-02 13:30
Finally, I visited the shrine that had occupied my imagination ever since I learnt about Ramana Maharshi from Chittaranjan Naik: noted Advaitic scholar and well known IT profession… Read More
Talent Begets Talent
2022-02-24 03:44
The more you look for them, the more you find the most exquisite hidden gems in the writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the real brain behind the cultivated brain of the one and only Sherloc… Read More
Hari Mohanan's Invisible Wings  - Must Watch
2021-09-23 05:57
These days, not often does one come across an enduring product in film form. So, when it does, the adulation knows no bounds, for it harbours a hope of emulation by the film fraternity at la… Read More
Al Vs All
2021-05-23 05:16
From the debut part in 'Me, Natalie' to the upcoming 'Trial of Axis Sally', his film career has been a whirlwind, as wayward as his life: of a troubled 'Bronx' childhood, deserting father… Read More
Of Masters And Disciples
2021-05-04 14:19
I met Sumitra Bhave at Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar Auditorium in Thane at the behest of Dr. Mohan Agashe. It was the screening of her film "Astu", a film that lacks the Bhave touch we have learnt… Read More
2021-03-26 02:37
Mundane coders, Tedious testersQuality monsters, or in-house Team LeadsThese IT moths of big mouthsbear different names across different firms But all they do is Rot, hatching eggs into larv… Read More
The Peshwa Among Doctor-Actors
2021-01-06 13:14
 It's been close to a decade since I first met Dr. Mohan Agashe in the green room of Thane's Gadkari auditorium. Having hosted him at my place on a few occasions, I also had the pleasur… Read More
2020-12-07 12:11
The other day, I got the shock of my life in the most unusual of circumstances that are best left undescribed, given they are truly indescribable. But having absorbed the shock like a precio… Read More
C U Soon
2020-10-07 13:43
Over The Top (OTT), like we have found out, is fast living up to its name. The usual Bollywood suspects are merrily bypassing cable, broadcast, and satellite television to spin a royal digit… Read More
2020-10-01 04:10
We always knew tough times call for draconian measures but how draconian can the tough beget - seems like we had little idea. At a time when corporates across the globe are waking up to… Read More
2020-09-26 07:53
Watching the prime time antics of a certain media analyst-turned-motormouth mouthpiece has unexpectedly become a rich reservoir of pure, nutritive laughter - an absolute MUST in these Covid… Read More
Architecture Of Activism
2020-09-13 11:39
The defining trait of author, activist, and architect Vandana Khare's persona is her ability to articulate, precisely and purposefully, what she sees through the world around her, including… Read More
2020-08-12 04:07
Amid the widespread gloom and doom, Covid-19 has forced us to get rid of a few of our sticky beliefs, as also advised us to steer clear of pride and prejudice in everything we say, do, think… Read More
Rediscovering Vijay Chavan
2020-06-26 04:00
Vijay Chavan will always be remembered as the immortal Moru Chi Mavshi of the epic Acharya Atre laugh riot based on the celebrated Brandon Thomas play Charlie's Aunt. But that very recognit… Read More
A Home Called ‘The Office’
2020-06-11 11:21
Revisiting NBC’s mockumentary show The Office (over-baked Yankee beans served on an archetypal British toast) proved a huge respite in the weary lockup phase of a Covid-enforced lockd… Read More
Hats Off To Hathiram
2020-05-30 07:17
We must thank Amazon Prime, Clean Slate filmz, and Casting Bay for treating us with one of the most  enduring characters on any screen - Inspector Hathiram Choudhary of Outer Jamnaa Paa… Read More
Wistful Dahanukar Diaries
2020-04-12 04:30
These are the dark, dreary Covid-19 times of the year 2020 calling for a spate of draconian measures in quick succession. Even as we keenly await curative breakthroughs en route various anti… Read More
2020-03-11 12:50
Those who love to plead ignorance...with staple expressions of shock and surpriseand the standard submission "Oh, I was not aware!"are visibly happy in the cocoon of their pretencerelishing… Read More
2020-03-01 13:25
If one is ready to brave, more than bear, the excruciating pain of constant familial and social ridicule, especially the one layered with virulent disdain and septic contempt, the exhilarati… Read More
The Musical Ascetic From Amravati
2020-02-06 12:55
One of Maharashtra's greatest tragedies is the perverted polarization that separates the unfairly privileged Western Maharashtra from the rest of the state. Consequently, many legends remain… Read More
Baby, Viju And Vijaya Mehta
2020-01-18 12:58
Notwithstanding its saccharine-smeared idiom and asymmetrical narration, 'Zhimma', the bulky memoir-cum-autobiography of 'Rangayan' founder Vijaya Mehta, is eminently readable, particularly… Read More
A Barrister's Tribute To The Doctor
2020-01-14 10:40
Vikram Gokhle, now a septuagenarian, is inimitably brimming with earthy enthusiasm. His eyes light up at the mere mention of Dr. Shreeram Lagoo. It's hardly a surprise that his tribute to th… Read More
2019-12-28 23:42
Dr Shreeram Lagoo will always be remembered best as the King Lear-like Appasaheb Belvalkar in V V Shirwadkar's epic Natsamrat. But Makarand Sathe's highly incisive Surya Pahilela Manus, Lago… Read More
Operation Theatre
2019-12-24 15:34
 Picture Courtesy: cinestaan.com His first brush with acting happened as a standard five student of Pune’s Bhave High School. The annual gathering play featured him as the freedo… Read More
2019-10-28 14:44
Amid all horror stories - few backed by facts, others floating on fiction - of how the repugnant and ruthless Digital Golem is out to deprive all our relations and resources of the 'human' e… Read More
2019-10-24 04:01
Courtesy: my blog post on https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/nomadic-notes/co-operative-society-4-0-6741/ The great, grand myth of the co-operative housing society is shattered… Read More
The Proverbial Pathan Of Cinema
2019-10-22 03:21
Unimaginable parallel processing on disparate tracks was the defining feature of Kader Khan’s eventful life of blockbuster proportions.  A migrant from Kabul, this Pathan grew up… Read More
The Two Doyens Of Naseeb
2019-10-15 10:26
The 1981 blockbuster Naseeb, Manmohan Desai’s unapologetically outlandish but hugely entertaining tribute to his former masala epic Amar Akbar Anthony, is one of my favourite flicks o… Read More
A Smart School's EVM Experience
2019-10-13 12:13
Our association with a dynamic Pune-based NGO called URMEE, the branchild of Rahul and Reshma Shende, has proved to be a virtual joyride of new discoveries and sunrise possibilities. Du… Read More
2019-10-11 07:26
Ernest Miller Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea, a novella that reportedly bloomed high and handsome from a paragraph of his magazine essay On the Blue Water: A Gulf Stream Letter, prov… Read More
2019-10-10 02:33
The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) order, providing relief to Suzlon for theretrofitting of its 7,400 MW of wind energy project, has yet again reinforced the need for decis… Read More
2019-10-09 03:57
...Reproducing the gist of one of my informal talks with a bunch of supremely talented and adequately inspired college and university students from the Hindi belt and the North-east, organiz… Read More
2019-10-06 04:12
They visit rock-cut monumentstaking time off diverse commitments across different spheres and sectorsThey spoil the sanctity of the environswith their foot marksdrenched in self-glory … Read More
2019-10-05 05:40
Ever bursting at the seams, the bustling city of Mumbai keeps its charm alive, thanks to its seashore psyche, innovative enterprise and an all-embracing outlook to work and life. What truly… Read More
The Veracious Velkars Of Good Ol’ Mumbai
2019-09-08 05:14
A noted architect, accomplished author and a committed activist, Pratap Velkar is undoubtedly one of our most cherished living legends. His first book Lokmanya Tilak and Dr. Velkar is a time… Read More
2019-08-06 07:40
To sum it up in two words, Manjiri Gokhale Joshi's Maya is compulsively endearing. The story of her no holds barred vulnerability, spanning as little as 143 pages, begins with a blistering l… Read More
2019-07-29 10:17
Though repentance is necesssarilya matter of hindsightOne truly feels it not when it seems all overor when one turns a roverbut when it's time to cross overshepherded by the ultimate Drover Read More
2019-07-26 12:51
When my father came back to Mumbai for good, way back in the early eighties, he had to endure an exceptionally tough time on all possible fronts. Shunning the alluring prospect of a pension… Read More
2019-06-12 08:00
Steer clear of the all-pervading tribe of Know-it-alls, their politically correct and scrupulously edited homilies,their dim-witted validation of great minds across spheres,their belaboured… Read More
2019-06-04 10:18
Ever bursting at the seams, the bustling city of Mumbai keeps its charm alive, thanks to its seashore psyche, innovative enterprise and an all-embracing outlook to work and life. What truly… Read More
2019-06-04 06:00
वेगळ्या वाटेवरचा अवलियाडॉ. राय… Read More
2019-05-27 12:42
I meet my dad in each apt underline and every acerbic note on the yellowed pages of dog-eared books, priceless possessions he left behind to last a lifetime and even beyond...I am sure this… Read More
High Time Dan Went Brown
2019-04-01 13:20
Dan Brown's Origin has his regular protagonist Harvard professor Robert Langdon collaborate with Ambra Vidal, the Guggenheim Museum director and future queen of Spain, and an AI wizard named… Read More
2019-03-08 04:12
When I set about producing a web series on a theme that I had penned almost 10 years ago, I was highly skeptical about the prospects that seemed to tease us from the mists of the unknown. De… Read More
2018-12-04 12:57
It's really funny how some of us like to be dead right about everything in life, but wish to steer clear of anything that's even remotely linked to death.Call it Necrophobia or Thanatophobia… Read More
A Play Store In The Guise Of A Workshop
2018-11-19 05:51
November 18, 2018 was a historic day: a grand union of like-minded creative practitioners across different spheres to explore the possibility of seeding and nurturing a web-driven creation o… Read More
2018-10-10 17:05
After a glorious tryst with corporate role plays, orientation workshops and theatre intervention programs (including an innovative slum theatre festival), Green House is now venturing into t… Read More
2018-09-27 03:07
Genetic predisposition – a two-way streetCourtesy: My content capsules for a healthcare start upPeople talk a lot about genetic risks these days, the risk of developing a particular he… Read More
2018-09-15 12:35
Circled around the DeathbedThey weep and moanSullen looks, swollen eyes, measured sighsMagic Makeover tailored for the occasion All in anticipation of the breaking newsand pray if it doesn't… Read More
2018-09-03 04:45
Gist of a series of fruitful discussions with actor, activist and psychiatrist Dr. Mohan AgasheFor the better part of the twentieth century, literacy was measured in terms of the ability to… Read More
2018-08-24 12:10
Like any other city dweller, the regular hustle-bustle on the pavement hardly distracts me. On the contrary, there’s something quite reassuring about its inimitable rhythm. Precisely w… Read More
Pet Care At Its Best
2018-07-28 09:24
“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” – Charles De GaulleTete-a-tete with Derek Demitrius, Founder of Pune Pet ParkFor long, Lohegaon was bett… Read More
2018-07-27 06:54
Courtesy: My thought piece in IIFL Wealth Global NewsletterWhile industry lobbyists in the US have obviously different takes on theFederal filing of proposed changes to the Volcker Rule regu… Read More
2018-05-24 09:47
Latitude & Longitude are invariably constricting Verisimilitude is only an illusionAttitude is highly susceptibleAptitude is intrinsically self-centered Altitude can be dizzyingFortitude… Read More
Mark On Stage, A Bit Off-mark
2018-05-06 12:47
"Mark Twain: Live in Bombay!" Written by Gabriel EmanuelStaged by Padatik-RikhPhoto courtesy: India TodayAt the outset, thanks to Gabriel for the wonderful reimagination of an actual event t… Read More
2018-04-17 12:49
Hats off to writer Juhi Chaturvedi and director Shoojit Sircar for giving us October minus the heat. The narrative is indeterminate by design. This story of love, fidelity, redemption or som… Read More
2018-04-04 07:08
Days pass, Months lapse, Years roll by Few dates stay etched in boldgloriously detached from calendarsold and new Urging you to look beyond, not lurk behindday in and day outTimeless tribute… Read More
Hyderabad Hues
2018-03-30 07:48
Another business trip to one of India's most evocative cities, a fine blend of ancient monuments and modern landmarks. This time round, unlike the prior purposeful road voyages, it proved mo… Read More
2018-02-28 02:12
Helping my son with his higher secondary science and mathematics, I was drawn back to India's best (and yet little known) thought leader-practitioner Prof. D D Kosambi. Thanks to my dad's un… Read More
Relativity At Play
2017-12-23 03:30
Thanks for the overflowing feedback from across the globe on this thought piece. But it's not this two-penny review, neither Gabriel's writing, nor Naseer's performance that guarantees insta… Read More
Shimoga To Sringeri
2017-11-17 02:52
Shimoga or Shivamogga (originating either from Shiva-Mukha: Face of Shiva, Shivana-Moogu: Nose of Shiva, Shivana-Mogge: Flowers to be offered to Shiva or "Sihi-Mogge", meaning "sweet pot), i… Read More
2017-11-11 12:49
Meet Swaroop C H, The Dreamer Engineering manager, Machine learning, Helpshift, San Francisco, Author of A Byte of Python and A Byte of VimPassionate Runner, Trekker, CyclistA round peg in a… Read More
2017-11-05 07:05
"Ray's music is imaginative, not melodramatic, balanced, not exuberant, functional, not decorative. It is music that grows from the film itself", - Utpalendu Chakraborty, The Music of Satyaj… Read More
Champion Of Distance Education
2017-10-31 02:26
Recalling a dated interview with Secret Superstar director Advait Chandan. Pic courtesy movietalkies.comFrankly, expected much more from Chandan's debut effort...but he simply prefers to ped… Read More
2017-10-26 02:27
Dear Clients, Value partners and Associates,Please note my new digital coordinates: [email protected] I have duly informed each one of you individually but this broadcast is fo… Read More

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