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John Cheeran

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What if Kohli and India do not win against Aussies?

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John Cheeran Virat Kohli is important for India not merely because he scores runs when the team needs them but also for what he represents, what he does off the field. He is a prolific run-getter. He is also a great communicator even though his message sometim... More »

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Pinarayi and Ayyappan

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John Cheeran On Sunday morning one read a political joke—that “there is a consolidation of the Left in Kerala beneficial to the CPM and the Kerala chief minister has played his cards extraordinarily well.” Normally one would dismiss such intellectual vacuity. ... More »

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Understanding Muslim women and men

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John Cheeran Does Islam treat women fairly when it comes to marriage and divorce? Islam does unequivocally, but men do not. The Supreme Court on August 22, 2017, in theory, brought relief to harried Muslim women by declaring instant triple talaq invalid throug... More »

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Have a brush with Indian art

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John Cheeran There is an artist in every child. To know him or her and nurture him or her is a challenging task. There can be many means to poke their curiosity, to make them explore the world around them, as an artist should do. One of the things is to know a... More »

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Milking the cows of Bangalore

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John Cheeran In India, the cow is a political animal. In her delightful, The Cows of Bangalore: How I Came To Own One, Shoba Narayan (Published by Simon & Schuster India, Pages 282, Price 350), however, domesticates the cow. She is the much-opinionated cow mot... More »

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Freedom in India is subjective, says Miniya Chatterji

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John Cheeran Author and academic Miniya Chatterji says there is nothing unique about Indian DNA and the much celebrated or reviled ‘Indian instincts’ are shaped by the local environment. In her debut book, Indian Instincts (Published by Penguin Viking, Price R... More »

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Why you must watch Sudani From Nigeria

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John Cheeran Sudani From Nigeria is a great movie by many measures and should be on every Indian’s watch-list, not only that of the Malayalis and their ever ballooning soccer diaspora. A hitherto unheralded young man, Zakaria Mohammed, has written and directed... More »

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These Children of Blood and Bone are real

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John Cheeran Fantasy often captures reality in unmistakable, searing detail. Intolerance and an inability to coexist with the other have been the bane of modern nation-states, with fault lines running through cults, communities, believers, and non-believers. S... More »

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Lit fests have failed to push reading: Ravinder Singh

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John Cheeran If there is anything in demand in India, it is love. Where do you find love in India? Certainly not in marriages unless it happens to be a ‘love marriage’. Barriers- ranging from caste, community, religion, language, socio-economic status, and ins... More »

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Wisden India Almanack: The joy of six

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John Cheeran Completing an over that, too, your very first over, is not an easy task because everyone is watching your action. Wisden India Almanack has delivered its first over with the publication of its sixth edition in 2018, winning over avid fans of the g... More »

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When a father and 10 captains make up Democracy’s XI

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John Cheeran Democracy and merit are incompatible fellows. Democracy is a game of numbers and represents popular will but popular will always does not mirror merit. Modern sport, for all its flaws, has thrived only because it is undemocratic. Its accent is on ... More »

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Why Shashi Tharoor is a Hindu

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John Cheeran For all its democratic credentials, only a Hindu can become India’s Prime Minister. Not that one is forgetting Manmohan Singh. But how many did see the minority colours in Singh’s urbane turban when he served the nation for two full terms for a Co... More »