Nothing connects the word ‘commando’ to popular imagination in a more engaging manner than Commando Comics, the comic books that lit up the imagination of generations of kids, writes Amitava Sanyal.
Every small fixture of the Bond formula is debated by fans flung far. Except, perhaps, the latest title, Quantum of Solace — everyone agrees that it sucks. Amitava Sanyal tells more.
It was not just Adolf Hitler who hated them. More than half a century after more than half a million of them perished in Nazi concentration camps, they remain the ‘most hated community’ in Europe, writes Amitava Sanyal.
Even when they don’t border on the hagiographical, obituaries often tend to observe an old rule: De mortuis nil nisi bonum, writes Amitava Sanyal.
Iit’s time to give out a statuette to the best host in the manner of a lifetime achievement Oscar. And my nominees for this award are...Amitava Sanyal tells more.
Some poems are written to be read aloud, while some others are rendered somewhat lesser when ‘performed’. The distinction is mirrored among those who take in the works — the reader-turned-listener. Amitava Sanyal tells more.
Painter Jackson Pollock was once asked what constituted American art. His response was that the idea was as absurd as the “idea of creating a purely American mathematics or physics”.
One picture did for me what weeks and months of printed reports, blogged rants and clipped videos couldn’t. It slipped past my cynicism about the exaggerated sighs bemoaning Pakistan’s ‘slide’, and got me by the short-and-curly. Amitava Sanyal tells more.
Oh, such a joy to be standing on the shore of a sea of unblinking believers. Belief, I believe, can push us into territories where reason fears to tread. Amitava Sanyal tells more.
Hurling shoes is not a form of protest we Indians are used to. So why is every other citizen hurling them at our politicians? Amtiava Sanyal tells more.
The cultural pact India will sign with Britain for the first time during David Cameron's current visit will be a boon for artists, art administrators and researchers in the two countries. Amitava Sanyal reports.
39 artists interpret the theme in various ways. And then there's Hirst. Amitava Sanyal writes.
This column has long held that the inane smattering of English inserted into so many Hindi songs today is not the result of human intervention. There must be some computer program throwing up the random rhymes. Amitava Sanyal writes.
It seems there are many Kabirs out there. It’s a bit baffling, given that not much is known about the life of the late-15th, early-16th-century mystic immortalised through his songs.