Balraj Khanna, the painter – novelist

Balraj Khanna, the painter – novelist

    28 Dec 2015

‘Artist and Empire’ an exhibition not to be missed by Reginald Massey It is not often that one encounters a celebrated painter who is also a celebrated novelist but one such is Balraj Khanna who was born in the Punjab. He and his French wife Francine have lived in London’s Little Venice for decades. The

Film Review: Dil Dhadakne Do (DDD)

    27 Dec 2015

A Tale of Popcorn and Empowerment By Chandrika Patel Watching a Bollywood movie in British cinema can be an interesting experience. It is customary to turn titles of Indian films into acronyms and the comedy-drama Dil Dhadakne Do (2015)-DDD directed by Zoya Akshtar- appeared to be targeted at multiplex audiences. The literal translation of the

The Celebrated Musician Ustad Sabri Khan

The Celebrated Musician Ustad Sabri Khan

    16 Dec 2015

By Reginald Massey On December 1 in New Delhi the great musician Ustad Sabri Khan passed away. During the 88 years of his life his achievements were many but he will be remembered as the last link between the old and the new so far as Indian classical music is concerned. He was born in

After the Deluge Comes a Rainbow

After the Deluge Comes a Rainbow

    13 Dec 2015

A Special Report by Sethu Nagarajan (English Translation by Srinivasan Soundararajan and  Dr. G. Venkataraman) The residents of Chennai, the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, are panic- stricken at the very mention of the word ‘rain’. No tsunami, no earthquake, but mere droplets of rain have devastated this flourishing city. Whilst the

An open letter to Narendra Modi

An open letter to Narendra Modi

    04 Dec 2015

Dear Modi-ji You have become the Prime Minister of India. India accepts that as does the world. I was born in 1932 well before Partition and the creation of Pakistan. I would like to share some history with you. The leading political party then was the Indian National Congress which was led by men of

Mumbai Meri Jan, Mumbai Meri Rozi Roti, Mumbai Meri Jivan Dharti

Mumbai Meri Jan, Mumbai Meri Rozi Roti, Mumbai Meri Jivan Dharti

    02 Dec 2015

  Mumbai my life, Mumbai my daily bread, Mumbai my lifelong land By Rudolf C. Heredia Where is the Bombay I knew and loved and felt so safe in? Where, as children we would play in the streets and ride public transport without adult accompaniment, jumping in and out of running buses, trams and trains?

‘Debating India: Essays on Indian Political Discourse’ by Bhikhu Parekh

‘Debating India: Essays on Indian Political Discourse’ by Bhikhu Parekh

    28 Nov 2015

“AN IMPORTANT AND HISTORIC DOCUMENT ON INDIA” Reginald Massey The intellectual and highly respected academic Bhikhu Parekh has just published Debating India: Essays on Indian Political Discourse (OUP India) which has a dozen of his epochal essays written over a period of two decades. No one who is concerned about India or who studies or

UNIQUE ‘SRI  LANKA LIBRARY’ IN MELBOURNE

UNIQUE ‘SRI LANKA LIBRARY’ IN MELBOURNE

    24 Nov 2015

  A unique library on Sri Lanka, perhaps the only one of its kind overseas, exists in Melbourne, Australia. This library was begun by Victor Melder in 1968, when he migrated to Australia. Victor, who had only one book with him then, has today accumulated over 4,600 books, 2000 magazines and journals, 25 years  Sunday

CONFLUENCE WITHOUT STOP

CONFLUENCE WITHOUT STOP

    21 Nov 2015

Syeda Imam As I forayed into writing for Confluence the subject suggested itself, almost insisting on being the first automatic choice which dwells on on how from all parts of the world, and particularly those of us from the East and the Subcontinent have adopted English as a language of frequent exchange. Indeed in many

Face to face with Mrs. Gandhi, August, 1978 – Malathy Sitaram

Face to face with Mrs. Gandhi, August, 1978 – Malathy Sitaram

    11 Nov 2015

In July this year,editing Mr. Vijay Rana’s excellent article printed in the current August issue of Confluence aboutlife in Delhi under the