Renée Ranchan

Our Milk-White Fixation

Our Milk-White Fixation

We were under colonial rule for a bit over 200 years…Remember,  ‘The Sun never set over the British Empire’, but...

This Outsider:  The Chosen One?

This Outsider: The Chosen One?

For more years than I care to remember, I have heard so many people using this word on a daily...

The Discovery of India…

The Discovery of India…

The neighbourhood I live in has become a ghost town with no one stepping out of their gate or rather...

Renee

Closing in on all corners…

The calendar on my writing table mutely announces that it’s been a couple of days over a month when this...

LADHAK

When number two stands first

Till I actually made it to my writing table, I had thought that this strip should explore the many theories...

The monologue virus is here to stay

The monologue virus is here to stay

It is not so if one is participating in a seminar or attending a lecture after which there is a...

Coins considered counterfeit or cumbersome

Coins considered counterfeit or cumbersome

It all started with the dhobi, the ironing man, who has a booming business under the shade of a sprawling tree,...

A haemorrhaging nation, in dire need of justice

A haemorrhaging nation, in dire need of justice

Had resolved not to end the year on a glum note but find myself heading exactly in the direction I...

Post-festive exhaustion runs thick

Post-festive exhaustion runs thick

It has not quite yet been a month since this prolonged, nearly three-month-long festivity came to a halt, yet the...

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The Great Indian Sale makes shops redundant

It was the month of May, that I am quite sure of, and the weather was of course, not as...

Your children are not your children

Your children are not your children

What should one do? Collapse in disbelief, feel flummoxed, wonder if so many of us have lost our marbles? Even...

Sumptuous and fine flavours of Kashmir

Sumptuous and fine flavours of Kashmir

With Kashmir all over the place, I had no space to think of writing anything else. But rest assured, this...

So spaketh Karma: Some thoughts on cosmic comeuppance

So spaketh Karma: Some thoughts on cosmic comeuppance

Karma, the Karmic theory, that we Indians swear by, somehow has a way of stepping foot in our conversations, whether...

There are round pegs in square holes

There are round pegs in square holes

This last Tuesday I made a one-day trip to Simla. Wednesday was all about dealing with a plumber who, with...

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Mahabharata pales in comparison to this battle of 2019

I had thought of heading out for lunch after sending this column to the Press but given, over the last two...

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On the question of assassinations

This was, I know, supposed to be an in-continuation piece but a month is a long while, and the mind...

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Popcorn patriotism v/s real nationalism

Popcorn Patriotism, what other name would it go by? In the aftermath of the horrific Pulwama tragedy there have been...

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A turnaround in the Sabarimala saga

It has been a few days since I got back to Delhi and because it was a conscious decision to...

Auto-walking from London

Auto-walking from London

The clock is no longer my master, the song strumming in my head to bolster up this spirit is the...

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Some simple resolutions for the New Year

Precisely one day left to shake a firm and final handshake to the year 2018 and be dusted and done...

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On the history and politics of Nameism

I had delusionally hoped that by the time it was time for me to put ink to paper this blotting...

To all those who are digitally driven  by the Pied Piper

To all those who are digitally driven by the Pied Piper

For nearly a month I have been at home, with foot in plaster, hobbling around, and for some unexplainable reason...

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Never without a broom, never without a bucket

A few rain-lashed evenings ago, while waiting for my driver to show up since our pot-holed roads submerge themselves in...

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Literature of engagement: On Bhagat Singh’s Jail Diary

During his time in prison, Bhagat Singh maintained a meticulous journal, recording his thoughts on politics, philosophy and literature. His...