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Cheers & Goodbye
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Cheers & Goodbye

June 22, 2024

The last true ‘restaurateur’ of Mysuru, Ponoo Muthanna, affectionately known to many Mysureans in their late 20s, 30s and 40s as Ponoo Uncle, passed away yesterday. Ponoo was the beloved proprietor of the Pelican Pub, a watering hole he transformed into a sanctuary like no other in Mysuru, back when it was still Mysore. Pelican…

Post Election Musings
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Post Election Musings

June 8, 2024

The Lotus Wilts: A Tale of Humility & Hope Tuesday brought a humbling reckoning for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and a surge of hope for the I.N.D.I.A bloc. Despite a technical victory, the BJP’s performance fell short of expectations, while the I.N.D.I.A bloc found renewed vigour in their unexpected successes.  Arrogance Meets Reality  The…

Black Magic & Astrology in Politics
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Black Magic & Astrology in Politics

June 1, 2024

It’s a magical time in Karnataka again. We’re talking about ‘black magic.’ Our Chief Minister Siddaramaiah may have passed a watered-down Anti-Superstition Bill. Maybe he should try again for a more implementable one, for his Deputy says it’s threatening their Government. Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar stated on Thursday that political opponents are performing black…

Government Indecisions & Payments
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Government Indecisions & Payments

May 25, 2024

This morning, ‘The Hindu’ newspaper reported that the Government owes the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in Mysuru Rs. 80 lakh in pending bills. The confusion is: Which Government will foot the bill — the Centre or the State? We are sure the hotel will get its money eventually, but when? It’s already been one year….

POWER & SEX
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POWER & SEX

May 11, 2024

Even as Prajwal’s sex scandal is still in the news, allegations of molestation are coming in against West Bengal Governor C.V. Ananda Bose. Politically motivated or not, sex and power have always gone hand in hand. Men in power control their environment. Powerful men set the agenda of nations. But for some reason, many of…

Election Musings
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Election Musings

April 27, 2024

As I meet voters, party workers and politicians, I get the sense that fear-mongering and lies are afoot this election season, along with freebies. In today’s full-front-page advertisement in The Times of India, the BJP has warned the backward caste voters that Congress will add Muslims to their reservation list, essentially eating into their quota….

The Name Game
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The Name Game

April 13, 2024

Early this morning I was to meet the popular TV journalist Rajdeep Sardesai for a breakfast interview regarding the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Mysuru-Kodagu region. We agreed to meet at the now ‘must stop-over’ breakfast place for outsiders — Mylari Hotel in Nazarbad. I arrived first and settled into what I believed to be…

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