Renée Ranchan

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...

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On the origins of Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan, the phrase explains itself—bandhan: bond; raksha: protection. A few evenings ago I was besieged by unknown guests popping...

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After Sanju, all dope heads are on a high

It has been precisely a month since Sanju was released and so the shelf life of penning a film review...

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Irish history and the question of abortion

Even as a teenager when I stumbled on the terms Pro-Life and Pro-Choice I found them perplexing, but trust Americans...

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Tale royale: From the eyes of Queen Lilibet

Sixty-five years is a life time. And to be a reigning Queen and still going strong no mean feat—the longest...

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Stop this parade of paedophiles for good

For more than an hour I have been sitting on my dining table trying to bring myself to write. (Had...

The Saga of Sridevi’s untimely demise: A Swan song it had to be

The Saga of Sridevi’s untimely demise: A Swan song it had to be

It’s a few days short of a month when Sridevi’s embalmed body was flown back from Dubai, and yet the...

The compound of confluence: A mandir complex in New Delhi

If it had not been for the lady with her skyscraper heels and smart-alecky and wise-cracky comments good enough to...

Some thoughts on the merchandising of Baby Moshe’s Bharat trip

Some thoughts on the merchandising of Baby Moshe’s Bharat trip

It had become a circus—cameras and mikes being thrust in boy Moshe’s face; Baby Moshe held tight in Nanny Sandra...

Show business, family planning and the perils of moralism

Show business, family planning and the perils of moralism

For years I have been wanting to put pen to paper on this matter but when over two weeks ago,...

Brain makeover: Is old age now a malaise, a malady, a disorder?

Is it a condition, an ailment, a disease, that a shadow cast upon a small bit of our day is...

Thinking outside the lunch box: Regarding desi crossover cuisine

Thinking outside the lunch box: Regarding desi crossover cuisine

Long ago perhaps one would have politely asked for details to lodge in your muddled mind but now, you either...