The year was 1896. The Olympics—a festival of virility—had returned. Men from across
A short story, I might have written in my head, before I put it down on paper. So, I never have trouble with short stories. But with longer work, sometimes your enthusiasm sags or you run out of ideas. Memoirs, essays, poems have suited me best because there you don’t falter.
It is deeply worrying that India and Pakistan should regard each other as enemies than as just adversaries on the cricket ground. No other game played between sportspersons of the two countries evokes such hostility. Neeraj Chopra, Olympic javelin champion, beat Arshad Nadeem of Pakistan without Pakistani fans erupting in anger and hate.
History never termed Ashoka or Chandragupta Maurya great, but it termed Alexander, who was defeated by Maurya, great. Historians are silent on such issues. However, once the countrymen learn the truth, India will change.
Hindutva is a fake history factory. Chandragupta Maurya and Alexander never met in war. This is yet another example of why we need good public education system.
[In a film I acted] a producer [who came to me] was like it is a very hot song. ‘How will the audience know you are hot? You are so hot that one can heat chapatis on your midriff,’ he said. Some weird notion like that…. I put my foot down and said we are not doing any such thing. But I thought it was very funny and original.