Shatranj Mania


‘Chadharangam’ in Telugu or ‘Shatranj’ in Hindi and Urdu are the words used to refer to the game of chess. The game did originate in India, and all these words are not far off from their root word in Sanskrit, ‘Chaturanga.’ With the World Chess Championship in progress, and the champion very likely to be…

Children’s Month: Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne


‘Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne’ is a 1969 Bengali movie by India’s greatest filmmaker Satyajit Ray. Based on his grandfather’s short story, it tells the story of Goopy, a singer, and Bagha, a drummer in rural Bengal. These men are thrown out of their villages into the forest, because, well, their music isn’t pleasing to the…

Children’s Month: Tahaan


Tahaan is a 2007 Bollywood film by well-known cinematographer and director Santosh Sivan. Set in picturesque Kashmir, it tells the story of the eponymous 8-year-old boy, who needs to find his purpose in life. His immediate purpose, though, is getting back Birbal, his best friend first and donkey later, from the clutches of Suhan Darr,…

Children’s Month: An idea of birth


How do children explain birth? How do they think they come into existence? When I was a kid, I was never a total believer in God, nor was I a total atheist. I was more an atheist just for the simple fact that I hated attending church every sunday while all the other kids were…

Children’s Month: Hukus Bukus


A couple of years ago there was this ICICI bank ad featuring a little girl who would, everyday, after school, run to a shop nearby to buy a little candy.  One day, she’d take her much littler brother too, but loses the money that’d buy her the candies. Dejected, they turn back, but the grumpy…

Children’s Month


November 14, is independent India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru’s birth anniversary. Nehru was also called ‘Chacha’ Nehru, or ‘Uncle’ Nehru, for he was known to be very fond of children. And so, every year, his birthday, is celebrated as Children’s day. With this in mind, I want to post a series of articles on…