Amitava Sanyal

  • Jan 21, 2009 15:39 ISTWaiting for Download

    Commandos in the crosshairs

    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.

  • Jan 21, 2009 16:12 ISTWaiting for Download

    Licence to thrill: The best of James Bond

    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.

  • Jan 21, 2009 16:55 IST

    West by northwest: On the gypsy trail

    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.

  • Jan 21, 2009 17:12 IST

    A candle for those who lived like a flame

    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.

  • Apr 06, 2009 19:44 IST

    Who was the host with the most, Uncle Oscar?

    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.

  • Apr 06, 2009 19:51 IST

    The readers: In their craft or sullen art

    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.

  • Apr 06, 2009 19:54 IST

    Why we should mind our neighbour’s business

    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.

  • Apr 06, 2009 19:58 IST

    No brakes please, this is breaking news

    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.

  • Apr 30, 2009 18:17 IST

    How the paduka became a political bazooka

    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.

  • Jul 28, 2010 23:39 IST

    First of its kind, cultural pact to boost arts

    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.

  • Jul 30, 2010 21:21 IST

    The different colours of Rupee

    39 artists interpret the theme in various ways. And then there's Hirst. Amitava Sanyal writes.

  • Jul 30, 2010 23:42 ISTJhankaar Beats

    When the Angrezi warble makes sense

    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.

  • Aug 13, 2010 23:44 ISTJhankaar Beats

    Lend an ear to all the Kabirs out there

    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.

  • Aug 14, 2010 00:37 IST

    Lighting the idea of Asia

    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”.

  • Aug 28, 2010 00:01 IST

    Stars and their hyphenated composers

    Over the last eight years, brothers Sajid and Wajid Ali have scored for nine films starring Salman Khan. It’s a combination that started with the quickly-forgotten Tumko Na Bhool Paayenge (2002) and has endured through the qualified dance-floor hits of Partner (2007) and Wanted (2009).