Vivek Kaul


Good economics is good politics too

One of my favourite Hollywood comedies is Mel Brooks’ Silent Movie made in 1976. As its name suggests, the film had no dialogue and the only audible word in the movie is spoken by Marcel Marceau, a famous mime artist, when he utters the word “No!”

Canaries & coal

Music has its share of one-hit wonders. Delhi-born singer and musician Peter Sarstedt fits that category. His claim to fame being the 1969 hit Where do you go to, my lovely. The song is about a fictional girl called Marie Claire.

A policy rate catch-22

That’s some catch, that Catch-22,” says Yossarian, the lead character in Joseph Heller’s all-time classic, Catch-22. Duvvuri Subbarao, the governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), is facing a catch-22 situation at present and some catch it is.

Fiscal deficit and a prayer to God

India is a country that lives on hope, gods and pipe-dreams. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is no different.

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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.