- Mar 21, 2015 21:36 IST
It may come as a surprise but talking about yourself is not as easy as you might think. No doubt all of us can natter to our friends or family and we’re never short of things to say. But I’m talking of a formal interview where you are the subject of the discussion. That’s when it can be difficult to be either convincing or charming.
- Mar 14, 2015 22:27 IST
Most people I know have rubbished the arguments for banning the BBC documentary on the Nirbhaya rape and, instinctively, they are right to do so. However, in this instance, it’s worth examining the handful of moral reasons for a ban as well as the one legal reason a little carefully so we’re sure our instinct is right.
- Mar 07, 2015 21:26 IST
Athought occurred to me last Saturday as I heard Arun Jaitley’s budget speech and it’s crystallised into an intriguing interpretation in the week that has since lapsed. Some of the more enticing aspects of the budget were like a post-dated cheque: a promise to deliver on a future and, perhaps, even unspecified date.
- Mar 01, 2015 08:46 IST
The RSS Sarsanghchalak’s comment about Mother Teresa reeks of prejudice. More surprising is that he’s utterly uninformed about the service Mother provided.
- Feb 21, 2015 21:52 IST
Do you remember Rajesh Kumar Singh? I first introduced him to you four Sundays ago. Most people know him as a young 26-year-old barber at The Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi. It’s a job at which he’s both efficient and courteous.
- Feb 14, 2015 23:11 IST
Delhi says we’re an incredible democracy: bold, unpredictable, emphatic and unimpressed by power, rhetoric or money. Wednesday was a proud day for India’s democracy, not least because so many of its top politicians were diminished by the people who ultimately matter, writes Karan Thapar.
- Feb 07, 2015 22:27 IST
The voting in Delhi is over and now we’re in that tense period of not knowing who we’ve elected or whether we’ve ended up with a hung assembly. This is, however, a good time to reflect on the campaign that’s just ended.
- Jan 31, 2015 23:56 IST
Does the Obama visit and the personal rapport between the two heads of government suggest India's foreign policy is hereafter heading in a new direction? And does this mean we will see Indian and American policies finding increasing areas of convergence? I would say the answer to both questions is yes, writes Karan Thapar.
- Jan 24, 2015 23:13 IST
I know Rajesh as one of the barbers at The Taj Mahal Hotel in Delhi. For a year or so I’ve been one of his clients. But little did I suspect that beyond the efficiency, courtesy and diligence I respect there is a deeply thoughtful, generous and genuinely noble soul.
- Jan 17, 2015 23:36 IST
Let me start with a simple question: Does the Press have a right to publish articles and cartoons or broadcast TV programmes that mock God and satirise religion? Karan Thapar asks.
- Jan 10, 2015 22:21 IST
If a play can prove that Britain is a truly exceptional country from which we have a lot to learn then I believe I saw it last week in London, Karan Thapar writes.
- Jan 03, 2015 23:49 IST
If you want to be witty, one of the cleverest ways is to use paraprosdokians. It's a figure of speech in which the second half of a phrase is surprising or unexpected, with Winston Churchill a master at it, writes Karan Thapar.
- Dec 27, 2014 22:06 IST
The truth is Indian politicians have let down the armed forces. As far back as 2003, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence recommended OROP, calling it 'a debt', writes Karan Thapar.
- Dec 20, 2014 21:22 IST
Would Mr Modi have chosen Diwali or Holi for Good Governance Day? Undoubtedly not. So how did he dare to choose Christmas? This feels like a calculated affront to Christianity and Christians, writes Karan Thapar.
- Dec 13, 2014 21:54 IST
Given that you can vote at 18 and, second, given that in six states you can drink at 18 and in 12 at 21, why should one have to wait till 25 to smoke? Asks Karan Thapar.