Discovering Altamash Gaziyani

There’s something strange about the world we live in. On the face of it, individuals today are connected to more of the global population than at any other time in the last 500 years. But delving beyond the surface, we are less likely to discover new things in the world because while the world is […]

A Tale of Three Guitars

A Tale of Three Guitars

Friday, 14th April, 2017, Pune: Here’s a single pick from the many different musical conversations between Derek Julien, Sanjay Joseph, and Roger Dragonette at the Shisha Cafe, Pune, on Thursday. When three accomplished artists who share a great deal of mutual respect get together on a stage, the outcome is always lively, intellectually creative and […]

The Little Drummer Boy

The Little Drummer Boy

Friday, 14 April, 2017, Pune: The Dragonette Project gig in Pune was a good place to be yesterday night, for many reasons. Here’s one of those reasons: a segment where young drummer Saket Rao held centre-stage in stellar fashion in the company of his very illustrious band mates – his solo at the end of The […]

Three Masters And An Apprentice – A Jazz Encounter in Pune

Three Masters And An Apprentice – A Jazz Encounter in Pune

A balmy Thursday night. A well known jazz cafe. Two renowned Jazz musicians. An upcoming jazz drummer. A setting for an interesting evening by any yardstick. And then throw in a welcome surprise – another renowned jazz musician – and you have an electric evening of progressive jazz. The scene was at Shisha Jazz Cafe […]

The Lines Have Blurred

The Lines have Blurred The Blurs have Lines And somewhere therein Lies Life. Boundaries, Rules, Grays, Rights. It’s all a bit Black but White Hell yeah, that’s Heaven I see In every single moral victory But then I see, And I see again The Moral seems a-moral from Here But Here is Here And When […]

Christ Church & The Chapel of All Saints

Christ Church & The Chapel of All Saints

January 10, 2017, marks the 160th anniversary of the consecration of The Christ Church in Shimla. Writer and Founder of The Mountain Walker, Sanjay Mukherjee, takes a stroll down memory lane to discover more about the monument and its relation to a quaint little chapel at the other end of town. Read the detailed article here. […]

Appocalyptica … Inky Pinky Ponky

Appocalyptica … Inky Pinky Ponky

The other day I was walking about aimlessly, looking here, looking there, generally in a lethargic mood, undecided about what I would do next, what I wanted to do, and very aware that in the meanwhile, work and errands and chores were piling up. It felt good to just take a walk without purpose – […]

Loose End

Loose End

One day, walking down this road You’ll see all the roads you’ve ever traveled All the crossroads, all the turns And you’ll meet all the different you’s you’d left behind There’ll be mirrors at every corner Who will you see then?   All the little ghosts will walk with you Hold your hand and remind […]

“Equality is about the quality of education, not just any education”

“Equality is about the quality of education, not just any education”

Last week, I met an author. And a social entrepreneur. And an educator. And social activist. His name is Basu Rai, apparently a name he gave himself while he was growing up on the streets of Kathmandu. I learned several important lessons and this is an account of that interaction with Basu. I was at […]

Dark World

Dark World, Light Shone Dark World, Light Shone I will be strong I will be free Dark World, Light Shone My eyes are wide My gaze is blind My gaze is blind My eyes are wide I’m just like you You’re just like me I am deaf and dumb I think I’m free Dark World, […]