Dilip Bobb is Group Editor, Features & Special Projects. Before joining the Indian Express, he had a long stint with India Today news magazine, being a key member of the launch team. He has covered politics, foreign affairs, defence and current events, among other topics, but also established the magazine's stylebook. His assignments have taken him to war zones like Afghanistan and Tamil Tiger-held Sri Lanka apart from covering two Olympic Games and important domestic events, from the Emergency to the Shah Commission and the assassination of Indira Gandhi, as well as historic turning points like Rajiv Gandhi's visit to China. In between, there were pleasant diversions into Bollywood and haute cuisine and haute couture, but its the journalistic hotspots that remain defining moments. Currently assigned to another hotspot, the features pages at the Financial Express.
Since Narendra Modi gifted the Bhagawad Gita to US President Barack Obama, it has already received the honour of a national scripture.
There are a wide range of objects on sale, some exclusive to a particular site, leading to cries of “arre sale”.
It’s a complex development and all to do with power and an increasingly aggressive posture.
There are estimated to be over 1,000 ‘honour killings’ in India every year.
Australians have their own peculiar language and slang words, and it may have been confusing for Modi when he met Tony Abbot.
‘Rockstar’ was a phrase heard when you were in New York, surrounded by all those Patels and Shahs from New Jersey.
Already, with the UPA’s ebb and the NDA’s flow, institutions like leader of the Opposition, Planning Commission, governors and associated underlings are out of commission.
In India, we have more festivals than there are days in the year, but Diwali is really when indulgence violates the urban ceiling act.
The latest arsenal of fireworks comes with some interesting variations. Here are the more popular ones.
Pakistan decides that India must pay the penalty, and so the shootout begins, as in the final.
The Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Mission aims to get people to rediscover their roots, and leaves, and other discarded matter
With ministers and bureaucrats and those who wield clout now wielding a broom, we are in for some sweeping changes.
In fact, so frenzied was the pre-visit coverage that there was talk of renaming it Times Now Square.
In Bhutan, it was B4B, in Nepal, HIT, in Japan it was ‘You Mori, me Modi’, and now the Chinese visit has given his linguistic talent new wings.
The RSS has got their khaki knickers in a twist over what they are calling love jihad.
CBI Director Ranjit Sinha’s case diaries would make for great reading, but so did his visitor’s book.
Shah Rukh Khan has spearheaded the trend, but others are not far behind. Here are the nominees.
The appeal to provide them Pampers has been rejected, but there are some suggestions worth considering.
Individuals and issues that are making and shaking news
With Indian batsmen substituting for ninepins, being an English bowler this series has to be the most rewarding job in the world.
Tittle tattle could become tit for tat if Sonia retaliates with her own ‘tell-all and more’ book, as she has threatened.
Oddly enough, they are growing in numbers, if not in stature. Here’s the new collection of odd couples.
Vaidik interview with Hafiz Saeed is still to see the light of day, but portions of it have been leaked by ISI. Here are unofficial excerpts:
A book that traces the growth of the hill stations of Landour and Mussoorie from the days of the Raj
Budget analysis has become such an arcane exercise because of the use of terminology and phraseology that confounds the aam aadmi.
Wait for admissions at Delhi University, boasting the country’s premier educational institutions, becomes longer every year.
Hidden money, secret numbered accounts and Swiss trolls ready to make explosive revelations about Indians with black money.
The Prime Minister is determined to ensure his promise of ‘acche din’ become reality, which however is somewhat different.
It could, as someone said in Parliament, be a case of old wine in new bottles, but there are signs that the times are changing and it’s not all to do with politics and government.
Despite the tremendous medical and technological advances and decades of progress, there are still many things that bring on utter confusion. Here is a list that leaves most of us quite lost: Arvind Kejriwal’s political strategy Arvind Kejriwal’s legal strategy Arvind Kejriwal The Aam Aadmi Party Akhilesh Yadav’s views on rape Mulayam Singh Yadav’s views […]
Thou shall not covet thy neighbour’s house in Lutyens Delhi, nor his official car, or his designation.
With Manmohan, there was no communication; anonymity was his preferred default setting. Modi is a media multi-tasker in comparison.
Manmohan Singh would be a great success in treating insomniacs and those who find it difficult to sleep.
This time, the stakes are higher and a whole host of new entrepreneurial opportunities have been brought forth.
The BJP is asking voters to await 'the new dawn', while the Congress, quite devilishly, calls it 'the new don'.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is busy writing his final will and testament, in the political context of course. His publishers, however, have leaked some portions in advance. Excerpts: