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.
Now we have to bid goodbye to drama and dramatists, it’s almost like the empty nest syndrome.
There are some signs that are impossible to ignore since they reflect contemporary mood and trends.
The story of Habib Rehman and his role in the success story of one of India’s biggest hospitality chains.
Potus (Obama) asked Lotus (Modi) to join him in his smog-proof enclosure so they could watch tableaux together
The list of endangered species in India has seen some new additions. Here are some...
From Sunanda Pushkar's death to Pakistan boat burning, a look at the greatest riddles of our times.
From Narendra Modi to Rahul Gandhi to Virat Kohli, what are their new year resolutions?
The tragedy and triumph of Rajesh Khanna, India’s first superstar
Whether it’s Santa or Banta, the Christmas spirit inspires the distribution of presents, even if in present circumstances it may have taken on a loaded meaning. Happy Good Governance Day doesn’t convey the same ring as Merry Christmas, but it suggests that the tradition of embracing strangers is alive and ticking — somewhat ominously, as […]
As 2014 fades it’s a time to remember those who did their bit towards making it a year to remember.
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.
Photos of the Tianjin Binhai Library's floor-to-ceiling book shelves generated a huge buzz on social media. Unfortunately, though, it seems the photos were all an illusion as the top shelves don't - and can't - have actual books on them.