Someone must have left the gates in Raju’s house open for a moment because my silly sister, who may have seen it as a chance to go looking for her mommy (who was probably eating sushi somewhere in #NYC, not thinking of poor Brownie at all) slipped out when no one was looking.[…]

The Hindu, October 20 Back in the 80s when I lived in America, it was only by watching the original Dynasty — carefully observing and internalising every outfit worn by Linda Evans (Krystle Carrington) and Joan Collins (Alexis Carrington) — was I able to strut the streets of NYC boldly, with my very big hair, light-weight sweater […]

Radha Thomas, one of India’s well-known jazz musicians, on her first love, doing a Bob Marley redux, and singing to dhrupad taal Written by Andrew Amsan | Published:September 26, 2017 | 12:44 am She’s authored three books, hosted a radio show, held a senior position in a media publication house, and travelled the globe performing jazz music. Bangalore-based Radha […]

My mother used to call me “Kozhukattai” which could have meant “you sweetheart, adorable pumpkin pie” or depending on her mood it could have meant “fatso.” In Tamil, my mother’s tongue, “Kozhu kozhu” is an affectionate way of saying someone is chubby. The Kozhukattai is a fairly average-tasting delicacy that my brother Atul and I […]

Is it fair to critique someone’s life? Is it fair to boo a musician at a concert? Is it fair for political candidates to be lampooned in public? As long as you put it out there for public consumption, I suppose it is. “One, Two, Three, Four — Mother *&%@&^,” says Springsteen. It is the […]

   Born To Be Blue. New film about Chet Baker, my most favourite musician in the whole world.  What an awful travesty, to take a slice of his life where he was at his worst, and sideline the amazing body of work he left behind.  This movie is, in my opinion, as uncreative and unlovely as […]