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In memory of all those rigged quizzes…

Great Bong has a fabulous post on the Great Parnab Mukherjee, which rekindled fond memories of very entertaining chats in the Don Bosco auditorium, and not-so-fond memories of those made-up questions. Parnab’s doing very well now, quizzes, theatre, and has even written a book. But I guess you can’t fool all of the people all … Continue reading


Just got back from the DD News studio, where I was part of a panel discussion (heh) called Chandamama se Hairy Potar. Other panelist: Samrat Chowdhury of HT, resplendent in bright orange kurta. First of all, the DD people refused to believe I was a writer – they actually went around the lobby asking people … Continue reading

Manticore update

The proofs are here; will be working on those for the next three weeks.

Pics as promised

Here are some of Sarnath’s pictures. There are more, but I got tired of uploading…:)


of the highest order to Trina, old friend and sparring partner, whos won Best Actress in the Indian category at Cinefan.

Harry Potter: Hindustan Times

*I’m at it again. This is the uncut version, some 300 words longer than what appears in the paper today* The world of publishing has been redefined. Again. In the week between the publication of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and this review, everyone who reads in the world has either read the book, … Continue reading

Harry Potter: Tehelka

*First of four articles I wrote this week; appears in the current issue of Tehelka* A few years ago, walking around in King’s Cross Station, London, I saw a Japanese tourist family standing in front of the sign between platforms 9 and 10 – the sign for platform 9¾, where the Hogwarts Express sets off, … Continue reading

Community, etc.

A DVD-retrieval trip to Sarnath’s led to a dinner invite, so Stoob and I trooped happily through the mud of Pocket 40 to the bijou Banerjee residence, where India’s first graphic novelist forcefed Stoob Horlicks (this was because Stoob was allegedly ill, and Ovaltine was not available). We were talking about forthcoming projects and so … Continue reading

On the bright side

In the last few days, Ive reread The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Batman Year One and Scott McCloud, and read three Sin City books: The Big Fat Kill, A Dame to Kill for, and the initial sequence starring Marv. Reading Moore’s From Hell now. Update: The rest of Sin City, V for Vendetta, Mr. Punch, … Continue reading

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July 2005