Post his Nobel Prize win, it has been a Dylan redux for Sanjoy Narayan.
A listen at Lowell George’s last and only solo album
Sanjoy Narayan revists a genius and a very difficult man.
Sanjoy Narayan traces history and ancestry through music.
Musician Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue is one of the greatest jazz albums of all time, writes Sanjoy Narayan.
What’s it like listening to a forgotten genre of retro music on a vintage amp?
Like many great bands, Faith No More is often underrated and its frontman Mike Patton not as well-known as he ought to be
…you discover new musicians and unearth classic old gems, introduced with rare nuggets of information and a personal touch, writes Sanjoy Narayan.
Grammy Award-winning American singer-bassist Esperanza Spalding’s latest album is a gold mine for Jazz aficionados
Last month, a new Grateful Dead tribute album dropped – a 5-CD, 59 songs collection by musicians across panoply of genres. And it’s epic!
To know how well-off we are, we would do well to go beyond the GDP data.
In each of the four poll-bound states, there are things that are out of the ordinary this time and that makes them noteworthy.
In effect, Mr Bassi, who has been a career policeman since 1977, seems to think it is not the nature of the offence but who perpetrates it is what should determine police action.
If we were to do a poll like Esquire’s on what angers people most, how high on that list do you think would a dysfunctional Parliament feature?
Remembering the five musical greats we lost this year in the best way possible – through their music.
It isn’t merely adversarial politics that is at the root of the current spat over Delhi’s civic upkeep.
If you like your reggae shaken up with ska, punk, funk and groove, then Sublime is the band for you.
Rarely are such ventures really innovative. Most of them are set up to chase valuation and then hope to sell out. That’s one reason — not the only one — for the high failure rate for startups. But the question is: Should the government get its hands messy by getting into all of this?
Why is it that airlines, pilots and the Delhi airport have not been able to crack the chronic problem of beating fog conditions the way many international airports are able to, some of them in places that experience more extreme weather conditions?
Baroness, as I said, are a heavy metal band – some music critics affix prefixes such as ‘stoner’, ‘alternative’ or ‘sludge’ to their genre but the fact is that they are a heavy metal band.
As major assembly elections are due in many states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal and Assam in 2016, here’s what the BJP and the Congress can expect.
The last two sessions in Parliament, monsoon and winter, were write-offs with hardly any business getting done. And despite its brute majority in the Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government are struggling to enact laws.
While the overall inflation rate declined last month, the component relating to food prices rose sharply to 5.20% compared to 2.44% in the previous month. A closer look at the inflation data shows that of all the items that make up the food basket, the sharpest rise has happened for pulses or the humble dal.
An anthology of Miles Davis’ tunes has turned out to be one of my favourite albums of the year.
Growing urban traffic can result in congestion but also, as Delhiites are discovering, alarming levels of pollution, which has adverse implications for the health of citizens.
Three decades after his untimely death, a documentary chronicles the life and music of bass legend Jaco Pastorius.
CM Arvind Kejriwal’s Clean Delhi drive takes PM Narendra Modi’s Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan a step further. But the real success lies in the people’s will to generate less of the garbage and not on the ones cleaning it.
In a nation’s history, there are some periods that stand out from the rest. By most indications, India today appears to be on the cusp of a transformation.
In the corporate world and the media, it is elation that normally ensues when foreign direct investment (FDI) limits are eased for different sectors of industry as they were recently. It wasn’t always like that. People with longer memories will recall the prickly manner in which many sections of Indian industry (then dubbed the ‘Bombay Club’) would react to the prospect of opening up the Indian market to foreign companies and investment, fearing competition, and demanding a level playing field and protection.
Eagles of Death Metal, who were playing at Le Bataclan in Paris when terrorists attacked the venue, are an unpretentious rock band from California.
This Diwali, Nestlé re-launched its instant noodle brand Maggi five months after it was forced to withdraw the popular product from the Indian market when tests by various states found lead in the product beyond permissible limits.
I can’t get enough of the album Jazz at Massey Hall. The 1953 concert also acquired a mythical dimension because of its back story.
Depending on what you’re comparing it with, India’s position in the World Bank’s Doing Business rankings has moved up four or 12 places. The variance, because of a tweak in the formula, hasn’t stopped officials from exulting as this is the first time in several years that India has moved up in the annual World Bank exercise rather than sliding.
Of India’s workforce, 90% is informal, employed without social security benefits, job contracts or even the simple guarantee of getting paid fairly and on time. But look to the other half to get an idea of how many Indians have informal jobs.
Jazz guitar maestro John Scofield has the ability to ace it with his guitar work in a variety of genres, from jazz and rock to the blues.
Cash continues to be the dominant mode of transactions in India. And much of the cash that flows around in such transactions are from incomes that are not disclosed to the government in order to avoid paying taxes. The real loser is, of course, the government.
If you’ve heard Blak and Blu, you know how gary Clark Jr is able to take the blues, infuse it with his raucous guitar playing and easy, super-smooth style of singing, and elevate it to a level rarely heard.
Converting dumps near slums into community farms that organically produce vegetables, fruit and even crops can transform the lives of slum-dwellers.
Every time Rahul Gandhi says something that is perceived as a gaffe or a foot-in-mouth blooper, he unerringly becomes a soft target of his political opponents and on social media sites.
The docu has a provocative title. And if you’re familiar with the facts (and the fiction) surrounding the Rolling Stones’ 71-year-old guitarist you may think that it may be referring to substances (ingestible in different ways) that are often mentioned in association with Richards. It is not.
While the media hype, which will build up inevitably as the election dates approach, may not be of any special significance, what happens in Bihar’s elections will matter.
While the media hype, which will build up inevitably as the election dates approach, may not be of any special significance, what happens in Bihar’s elections will matter.
Instead of obsessing over how to catch up with China, India should obsess about how to fix things so that its economy gets back on track. Now that we have China out of the way, Sanjoy Narayan gives four relatively quick fixes that the government could do.
India’s share in world tourist arrivals is a measly 0.68%. To double or treble that would call for out-of-the-box thinking. Re-inventing our urban neighbourhoods could be one such way to unleash India’s tourism potential, writes Sanjoy Narayan.
The government schemes to make people job-ready such as Modi’s Skill India are slow burn programmes that take much longer than it takes for the population bulge to grow bigger writes Sanjoy Narayan
Sanjoy Narayan talks of how Gurgaon is an example of how not to urbanise India and that with a bit more resolve, Gurgaon could have become one of India’s smartest cities.
The reforms slowdown will hit Mr Modi’s growth and development agenda, which was what his campaign during last year’s polls was all about, but it can rebound on the Congress as well.
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a target of training 400 million Indians to become skilled workers by 2022, it was an ambitious one for it would mean turning nearly 67% of the workforce into skilled workers. Sanjoy Narayan examines the odds of this situation.
Everyone duly noted the depressing data about continuing poverty and deprivation in India’s villages: in nearly 75% of households, the highest earner has a monthly income of less than Rs 5,000; just 5% of households have someone working in a salaried government job and less than 4% have someone in a private sector job; and for more than half of village households, the main source of income comes not from farming but manual labour.
Besides causing TV news anchors to go apoplectic daily, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s studied silence on the charges of impropriety against his cabinet colleague external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, and party colleague Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje has given rise to several theories in Delhi’s circle of political pundits about what he may eventually do with regard to the two episodes — both involving a controversial former cricket tournament organiser, Lalit Modi.
At 7.3% India’s GDP growth rate during 2014-15 was the highest in the world; and, if you consider the final quarter of that period (Jan-Mar 2015), the growth rate in inflation-adjusted terms works out to 7.5%, a good half a percentage point higher than what China’s growth was during the same time. But have we really grown that fast?
His trips - he’s been out of India for 52 days and visited 17 countries in his first year as PM - have been very visible and it is clear that he wants India to play a more decisive and leading role in the world with an emphasis on economic development. That can happen only with the help of India’s diplomats. But that’s also where there’s a problem. India has too few diplomats.
When was the last time you read closely the list of ingredients on the package of food — cookies, jam, sauce or anything — that you bought before you ate it?
America’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the powerful regulator for all communication, has proposed that poor citizens of the US should have subsidised access to the internet via broadband.
The potential is huge for setting up household solar power systems on rooftops, terraces and balconies in Indian cities and towns where sunlight is in abundance most of the year. And while it is true that the cost of setting up photovoltaic solar panels is not cheap, technology and innovation are constantly pushing those costs down.
In the din over the absence of ‘big bang reforms’, it’s easy to overlook the other reforms that the Modi government has pushed through, writes HT's editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.
India’s e-commerce ventures are growing at an explosive pace but their underlying business models seem to be fundamentally flawed.
Last summer, while a debate over net neutrality was on in the US, in his very funny news satire show, Last Week Tonight, the comedian John Oliver used a typically risqué example to explain what a non-neutral Internet could do to small web-based entrepreneurs and startups.
It took nearly 15 years for India’s Right to Information Act (RTI) to finally become a law in 2005 after the late VP Singh (who was India’s prime minister briefly) first stressed the importance of a law that would give citizens the right to seek and get information.
In his first interview to the Indian media since becoming Prime Minister in May last year, Modi spoke to Hindustan Times on a wide range of questions.
In his first interview to the Indian media after becoming Prime Minister, Modi told Hindustan Times that his government doesn't believe in removing red tape only for some. He said: "Red tape nahin hona chahiye matlab Mukesh Ambani ke liye red tape na ho aur ek common man ke liye red tape ho, waisa nahin chal sakta (red tape should not be there does not mean it shouldn't be there for Mukesh Ambani, but be there for a common man; that won't do)." Here is how PM Modi spends his day
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday his 10-month administration had been able to reverse all that ailed India's economy and government at the end of the UPA's 10 years in power.
In his first interview to the Indian media after he became PM, Narendra Modi speaks to Hindustan Times Editor-in-Chief Sanjoy Narayan and Executive Editor Shishir Gupta about a range of issues.
India is open to dialogue with Pakistan on all outstanding issues but in an environment free of violence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday, in comments that could breathe fresh life into frozen ties between the nuclear-armed rivals.
In his first interview to a newspaper since becoming the PM, Modi said the three countries were major economies and had great relevance to the development and growth process of India.
Giriraj Singh’s first response after making despicable comments about Congress president Sonia Gandhi was not an apology but an expression of indignation delivered with misplaced candour: he thought what he had remarked to reporters during an informal chat would be “off the record”.
India’s economy, if analysts are to be believed, could be on the verge of a surge. Its growth rate could outstrip China’s, which has been slowing down, and beat other emerging markets, notably Brazil and Russia, about both of which forecasters are downbeat.
In early January 2014, less than two weeks after Arvind Kejriwal had been sworn in as Delhi’s chief minister for the first time, a few of us went to meet him in his office at the Delhi Secretariat building.
Budgets routinely had proposals to scrutinise transactions such as credit card purchases, cheque payments, bank transfers and even fixed deposits, all of which involved money that was lawfully accounted for. That sort of approach, instead of dissuading people from resorting to unaccounted transactions, encouraged them to avoid tax and generate black money.
Saturdays are holidays for the Bombay Stock Exchange, which remains shut for the weekend, but next Saturday when finance minister Arun Jaitley rises in Parliament to present the Narendra Modi government’s first full-year budget, the stock market will be open for trading.
For Kejriwal, there could be another pressing reason to tackle pollution in the city that he has just won: politics. The most vulnerable to the risks of urban air pollution are the cities poorest — many of whom are the real aam aadmi who’ve reposed their faith in AAP, writes Sanjoy Narayan.
In the din over the Delhi elections, which should be of little interest to those not living there, the upcoming Union budget, which will likely have a far more widespread impact, appears to have been forgotten, at least by much of media, writes Sanjoy Narayan.
For a CM, running Delhi can be tricky business. First, owing to the limited jurisdiction of the state government but also because the reporting manager for all the civic agencies, the police and the DDA is the lieutenant-governor (L-G), who is appointed by the President but chosen by the Centre.
It’s what you can probably call governance by ordinance. In the seven months since the Narendra Modi government came to power in May 2014, its Cabinet cleared 11 ordinances, 10 of which have already become law after the President of India promulgated them, writes Sanjoy Narayan.
For setting right their grievances Indian consumers have few options. Seeking justice in consumer courts is usually a long and tedious process with cases sometimes taking decades to get settled, writes Sanjoy Narayan.
When politicians promise people too much too soon they also run the risk of ending up making everyone sorely bitter if those promises aren’t fulfilled, writes Sanjoy Narayan.
China is the world’s factory and is eons ahead of India, which shouldn’t harbour wild dreams of rivalling that. India should look at unconventional solutions, such as the one 3D printing offers, writes Sanjoy Narayan.
In the last couple of weeks a few members of Parliament, all from the ruling side, showed off their prowess at scoring own goals, writes HT editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.
Recruiters say the drive to hire employees is often triggered not by actual investment or expansion but on the expectation of that happening - a bit like how the Sensex rises on anticipation of good things happening, writes HT editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.
Modi’s visit to the US — the official meetings as well as the exuberant unofficial events — has reignited US interest in India and many believe that could be the starting point for both countries to build on, writes HT editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.
Congress leaders have called Modi’s Swachch Bharat movement 'a photo op'. Instead of carping about it, the Congress itself could do with a bit of orchestration, writes HT editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.
The real reshaping of India could begin with a shift to renewable energy such as solar power, which doesn’t depend on fossil fuels, writes Sanjoy Narayan.
Changing the behaviour and attitudes of older Indians may not be easy. That is why PM Narendra Modi’s Clean India Movement should begin at the bottom, with our children. HT editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan writes.
Rooting out black money will be tough for any government. Widening the tax base and lowering the rates will help but there would be political and social risks, writes HT editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.
Whether the BJP achieves its mission to have an ‘India sans Congress’ will be watched keenly as a dozen states go to the polls in the coming months, writes HT editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.
The PM's sound bites do send out the right signals to local and foreign investors but if Modi wants to spur investments, boost growth and create jobs, his government will have to bite some bullets, many of them not sugarcoated, writes Sanjoy Narayan.
The real Gujarat Model that is being replicated by Modi is not about development but about his style of governance. You needn’t look much further than Raisina Hill to see why, writes Editor-In-Chief Sanjoy Narayan.
Indian business has largely chosen to jettison attempts to innovate in manufacturing or develop a culture for doing so in favour of adopting what is known locally as ‘jugaad’, a simple workaround that gets the job done, writes HT editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.
Barely 12% of India’s power generating capacity is from renewable sources. With the adoption of modern technology for generation, storage and distribution, this can be greatly increased, writes HT editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.
The Congress-NCP alliance has been the main beneficiary of the funds that the state’s co-operatives, industries, traders and the realty business contribute to the political kitty, writes Sanjoy Narayan.
PM Modi has a knack for coining catchy slogans. But the one that struck a new chord was his call to entrepreneurs to adopt a ‘zero defect, zero effect’ mantra, writes HT editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.
While the Congress faces an existential problem over leadership, the BJP has scripted a change with a new chief who’s inducting a young members into his core team, writes Sanjoy Narayan.
In this year’s HT-MaRS Indian Youth Survey, conducted among 5,214 middle and upper middle class youth (equal numbers men and women; ages 18-25) in 15 top Indian cities, the conservatives outweigh the deviants – by a big margin. Sanjoy Narayan writes.
A democratic government’s job is only partly about running ministries and departments; the other part is about making laws and running parliament efficiently. There the NDA government has started with a few hiccups, writes Sanjoy Narayan.
India’s cities are a shameful mess: the big, older ones, the small ones and even the fledgling new ones. Far from being anywhere near smart, our cities are rather dumb. The future could be bleaker, writes HT editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.
The NDA has got a strong mandate and this was clearly an opportunity for it to do a bit of grand-standing: announce one really big thing or two and, in return, reap the benefits of making it a memorable budget, writes HT editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.
It’s not math but merit that ought to decide whether someone makes it to the top. That’s also why it may be time to revisit the retirement age for India’s civil servants, writes editor-in-chief Sanjoy Narayan.