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.
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:
A collection of Modi's Gujarati poems will be translated into English and published next month.
The final looks one sided, with the reigning champions as underdogs.
The heat and dust of the ongoing electoral battle has made everything more obscure and complex.
Everyone with electoral ambitions is now coming out with apps and telemarketing tools to attract the smart and mobile voter.
Individuals and issues that are making and shaking news.
PM Manmohan Singh's only lasting legacy in 2013 was to add to the collection of sardarji jokes.
A lighter look at Christmas and all the trimmings
It is a situation tailor-maid for anger and overheated rhetoric.
A safe distance is maintained and people usually mind their pees and queues.
The drivers bible for holidays on wheels.
It doesnt look like broom will be a clean sweep for AAP in Delhi,but the humble broom has become fashionable again.
Individuals and issues that are making and faking news.
Election time is all about dreaming big,for the voter,that is. Free TVs,laptops,washing machines,pledges to make everyone a millionaire,make India a superpower,transform the country and the countryside into a land of milk and honey,change slums into a paradise,a roof over every head,a ceiling on taxes,water in taps,electricity to light up lives and food in every distended belly. India will look,as the Micromax tagline says,nothing like anything. Heres how,and where.