Farrukh Dhondy (for Info only, not official)

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Farrukh Dhondy

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    ...I am unqualified to take issue with any of them, and this is not a review of the book. The one argument that will deservedly gather popularity and momentum is that exploiters and conquerors should seek to balance history by paying reparations to the exploited and the conquered. I am all for the return of the Kohinoor diamond to India. One could go further. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on Dec. 2, 2017, 12:41 a.m.

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    ...I wrote a film once called The Rising in its English version and Mangal Pandey for the consummate director Ketan Mehta and the incomparable star Aamir Khan. The film, before its release (or was it after?) ran into legal trouble. A couple of jokers, without any collaboration between them, claimed that they were direct descendants of the character Mangal Pandey and that the film had portrayed him in love with a dancing girl. The portrayal had brought his heroic memory into relative disrepute. These clowns, or one of them, took to the courts to right this wrong. It was unclear to me, to the producer, director and the stars which law our film was guilty of transgressing. I happen to know, as any lawyer will confirm, that the libel laws don’t apply to the dead. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on Nov. 25, 2017, 12:22 a.m.

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    ...I agree, and can see no harm in it. As an infant growing up in Pune I remember raiding the decrepit leather suitcase on the back veranda full of my aunts’ discarded dresses and high-heeled shoes, trying them on and parading round the house. I wasn’t allowed out in this attire but my adopting it never met with objections. “Boys will be girls in play” seemed to be the familial assumption. The news coverage of the Church of England’s statement is ambivalent. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on Nov. 18, 2017, 1:03 a.m.

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    ...Were you implying They were in a race? You claim that your action Is only a reaction — And you say it with Such a straight face?” From Lala Lala Garam Masala by Bachchoo My infant grandson has picked up the term “meltdown” and applies it to describe his sobbing fits. It’s a term I have recently used to describe the tottering governance, though possibly not government, of UK’s (for the moment) Prime Minister Theresa May. Her former colleague and previous Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has dubbed her the “dead woman walking”. This is not simply because poor Ms May faces the fate of Julius Caesar with the Brutuses, Cassiuses, Cascas and Cinnas within and outside her Cabinet, lining up behind her, but because scandal, disobedience and defiance threaten to weaken her government and may topple it. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on Nov. 11, 2017, 1:43 a.m.

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    ...Can arguments be settled And idiots face the facts Are pots always kettled By faith and fantasy’s acts...” From The Bachchoonama Bear with me dear reader for quoting the most enduring lines I have read about the passing of the living: “Full many a ray of purest ray serene The dark unfathom’d caves of ocean bear Full many a flower is born to blush unseen And waste its sweetness on the desert air” Why quote Thomas Gray at you? — Because a friend of mine, Firdaus Ali, died recently. He was no “gem of purest ray” and was quite a grubby fellow. His friends will have memories of the good and bad, the funny and sad moments. The reason that Firdaus should be publicly remembered, even for the brief time it takes to read a column, is because he was one of those who operated in a necessary way in the interstices of our world’s cultures. He was a translator and though Shelley boasted that poets were the uncrowned legislators of the world, it makes sense to acknowledge translators as its diplomatic staff. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on Nov. 6, 2017, 1:05 a.m.

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    ...Now the customer is always waiting, listening to inane music and getting frustrated. And the second devil, the badly-designed website, which would make Faust cancel his tryst with Beelzebub? I am a proud Person of Indian Origin, a PIO, so when I last left India’s sunny clime, Mr Sharma of the immigration department “tch-tch”ed and advised me to change immediately to an OCI card. Back in London I Googled the Indian high commission, was offered several pages of websites and chose the one which mentioned OCI. It informed me that OCI applications had to be addressed to VFS Global, but didn’t tell me how to get to them by foot or phone. I dialled the high commission and was repeatedly told by an automaton, over 23 minutes, that my call was very valuable to them but that they were busy. I gave up. I tried again the next morning. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on Oct. 28, 2017, 1:16 a.m.

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    ...There is some story about the king of the territory demonstrating the lack of space in his kingdom by calling for a brimful cup of milk. Then the Zoroastrian leader of the boat-people called for a lime and squeezed it into the milk — and lo and behold the milk curdled, as milk must, and became yoghurt, causing the king to repent and say: “We need a bit of yoghurt, you are welcome.” I have always thought this story somewhat improbable. ...

    Deccan Chronicle on Oct. 21, 2017, 3:55 a.m.