• Travel Review

    The Charminar, Hyderabad

    The Charminar is always a beauty. Seeing it in real, it was more impressive than I had imagined. On an evening during the Ramadan festival, it gets more colourful and buzzing with activity. When I visited a few days ago (Sunday, 3rd April 2022) the area was heavily crowded, which reminded me of Ranganathan Street, Chennai. There were hawkers selling everything imaginable. From Bangles, Necklaces, Ladies’ wear, Kidswear, Footwear, Handbags, Suitcases, Household items and more. The Charminar (‘four minarets’) constructed in 1591, is the landmark of Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

  • Travel Review

    Visit to Golconda Fort, Hyderabad

    As I walked down from the top of the fort, half-way-down, a young man in his late twenties, wearing a smart jean and sports t-shirt who was climbing up, approached me. Drenched in sweat and gasping, he asked “Excuse me sir, do you have water?”. Luckily, I had half-a-bottle of water left with me, which I gladly gave, grabbing it, he drank it at once, thanked me profoundly and continued his climb. I stood there for a few minutes trying to understand what had just happened! The above incident happened last week, during my visit to the Golconda fort. 💎The present fort was built by the Qutb Shahi dynasty (c.…

  • Economy,  Social Media

    General Strike by Government employees in India

    Reduce price rise, provide income support to poor households, and increase investments in agri, edu and health. These are a few of the 12-point demand by labour unions in India. These wide and vague demands are a reason the general strike by government employees is not getting sympathy from the common (wo)men they are claiming to represent. The public, including me, see these strikes as unavoidable nuisance that happen occasionally. Today elections and even wars are won by public sentiment which you nurture towards your cause through social media engagement. For this general strike, I don’t see that in Twitter or Facebook. If I go to the handles of the…

  • Chennai

    Tamil Nadu Police Museum, Egmore, Chennai

    Last month, one weekday afternoon, I went to see the recently opened Police Museum in Egmore, Chennai. Tamil Nadu Police Museum is situated in the erstwhile Madras Police Commissioner’s Office in the city. The british-era building, an Indo-Saracenic structure, was built in the 1842 and following the City Policer Act of 1856, the 14 acre property with its bungalow became the first Police Commissioner’s office. It continued to function there till the second millenium, for over hundred-and-fifty years. Following an extensive conservation and renovation activities undertaken by the state government it was opened to public as Tamil Nadu Police Museum by (then) Chief Minister Thiru Edappadi K Palaniswami on the 26th…

  • Movie Review

    The Kashmir Files (2022)

    For the last few days, the recently released film, The Kashmir Files (2022) by Director Vivek Agnihotri has been making waves across India. The movie is running houseful. These are not surprising – In India, the mention of ‘Kashmir’ always invokes an emotional response – every Indian has an opinion on what went wrong in the state and how it should be fixed. The film works as a (fictional) biography of the protagonist, but the narration was slow paced, and the screenplay was unimaginative, due to which, as a movie it fell short of what it could’ve been. Unlike what critics say, the film does display the militants’ point of…