Kishwar Desai


Kishwar Desai

Dictators & directors

When does a boss admit his/her mistakes and resign? In India, Chief Vigilance Commissioner P.J. Thomas has had to be “sacked” by the Supreme Court; chief honcho of the Commonwealth Games, Suresh Kalmadi, has refused to give up his perch on the International Olympic Committee; A. Raja, former telecom minister, stuck on till the very last moment.

Loaded dictators & other monsters

In a week when Libya seems set for a regime change, there have been calls in the United Kingdom to freeze the assets and bank accounts of both Col. Muammar Gaddafi and former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak who are known to have invested in property and to hold bank accounts in the UK. Mr Mubarak’s overall wealth is

Memsahib and the Nihang

It has been a sensational wedding so far. Probably the only one conducted in the Golden Temple that has received wide coverage in both Hello! magazine as well the tabloids. When Britain’s former “It girl” Alexandra Aitken decided to marry a Nihang, Inderjot Singh, it was presented as a leap of faith over a vast cultural chasm. The reportage was accompanied by the startling information that over 150 holy men had abandoned their meditation in “caves” and hotfooted to Amritsar to attend the unique union. Wow!

Oscar awards: Royalty check

Who said anything about growing old gracefully or that courage has anything to do with age? If any proof was needed to the contrary those of you who, this week, haven’t seen the video of “Supergran” Ann Timson, 71, the “have-a-go heroine” using her handbag to bash up six young men trying to rob a jewellery store in Northamptonshire,

Having fun in Parliament

You may not know this — but there are some obvious differences between the Indian and the UK Parliament.

It’s all about eve

In depression-hit UK, one of the biggest stories exploding right now is over phone hacking — only this time the accused are from the private sector, i.e., journalists are being accused of eavesdroppin

Media on a new voyage

At last! This Republic Day I want to celebrate one of the most powerful revolutions taking shape in India: that of a more free, more bold, more unshackled media.

Care for Goa & its people

An amusing sight to start this year was that of President of India, Pratibha Patil, sitting gingerly on the edge of a deck chair, fully dressed, in her long-sleeved blouse and covered head on the beac

The Phoney Awards of ’10

Ho-ho ji —Merry Christmasji everyone! Forget about a white Christmas — there is nothing like a Punjabi Christmas! Not only do you get more artificial snowflakes than anywhere else in the world, you also get bigger, fatter and more ubiquitous Santa Clauses.
Christmas trees are sprouting all over Delhi’s shopping malls and Christmas carols are being sung in Karol Bagh. In the true all-pervasive Punjabi spirit — anything that allows us to spend money has to be very changa. Yet I notice that the politicians who are normally the first to be seen at iftaars are still a bit wary of Christmas parties.

Let’s make a difference

It was great to be in sunny Goa, attending the International Film Festival of India (Iffi), and connecting with cinema makers and cineastes.

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.