Music that shakes and stirs

I haven’t understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it. Igor Stravinsky. Monty Norman died earlier this week at the age of 94. I am sure most of you are going, ‘Monty who?’ Which is hardly surprising. My reaction was no different. Then again, on reading his obituary and discovering …

The Office Secretary – a vanishing breed

No one needs a word processor if he has an efficient secretary. Robertson Davies. Let me declare at the very outset I had no idea who Robertson Davies (1913-95) was, when I came across that quote, and like any diligent writer I looked him up. Evidently one of the foremost novelists, playwrights, journalists and poets …

The premiums are killing me

There are worse things in life than death. Have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman? Woody Allen. By any yardstick, insurance is a sound concept, predicated on the principle that should any misfortune befall one, be it health, life, property, accident, theft, fire – in fact, pretty much anything that you possess …

Shuttling their way into history

Badminton is not as glamorous as cricket. Saina Nehwal I called a close friend of mine a few days ago and breathless with excitement, told him that India had just won the Thomas Cup for the first time in the 73-year history of the tournament. I knew he was travelling and felt he might have …

The dubious joys of domestic violence

A recent banner headline in one of Bangalore’s leading dailies made me sit up with a start and spill my morning cuppa all over my shirt front. The headline boldly announced, ‘Majority in Karnataka believe it’s OK to beat wives.’ They have it on good authority, as the bizarre conclusion is based on the National …