Ramakrishna S R

    Senior Editor, News

    Loves reading, writing, music. Now hooked on world cinema.

  • Secrets from an editor’s life

    Vinod Mehta's book 'Lucknow Boy' reveals fascinating details not just about the celebrated editor but also about recent Indian history. <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/boxpopuli/2011/11/10/secrets-from-an-editors-life/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • Mamata’s failed fuel price gamble

    For all practical purposes, Mamata has lost this battle she sprang on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The government is not going to roll back the hike in fuel prices, as she had demanded. When the government increased the price of … <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/boxpopuli/2011/11/09/mamatas-failed-fuel-price-gamble/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • Bangalore band HumDrum resists ‘rock’ label

    A Bangalore group is presenting Kannada poetry to new audiences, and prefers the poetry of literary giants to dark new songs. <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/turntable/2011/11/08/bangalore-band-humdrum-resists-rock-label/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • Indira Gandhi’s legacy of sycophancy

    On her 27th death anniversary, governments splurged on memorial advertisements. No austerity was in evidence. After all, it was the tax-payers' money, and not the Congress party's. <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/boxpopuli/2011/11/02/indira-gandhis-legacy-of-sycophancy/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • BJP’s hobbled fight against corruption

    For the record, LK Advani is a supporter of Anna Hazare's campaign against corruption. But on the ground, life isn't so easy for his party, with top leaders lodged in jail on graft charges. <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/boxpopuli/2011/10/30/bjps-hobbled-figh-against-corruption/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • Bargains on classical music CDs

    Recordings of the maestros are going at a 70 per cent discount. Time for music buffs to grab albums they'd coveted but had thought were too expensive. <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/turntable/2011/10/24/bargains-on-classical-music-cds/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • Suddenly, troubles pour on Team Anna

    Is Team Anna breaking up? Why are its members getting attacked? Many questions are being asked as their anti-corruption campaign moves into a second, more confrontational phase. Two core members have resigned from the anti-corruption think tank, protesting against the … <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/boxpopuli/2011/10/18/suddenly-troubles-pour-on-team-anna/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • Congress fritters away all by-poll chances

    Results of four assembly by-polls were announced on Monday, and not one went in favour of the party leading the central government. <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/boxpopuli/2011/10/18/congress-fritters-away-all-its-chances/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • What was moustachioed Rajaratnam really up to?

    Publications in the West are reporting widely on the indictment of Raj Rajaratnam, a Sri Lankan origin American, for insider trading. He used some of his ill-gotten wealth allegedly to fund Sri Lankan separatists. <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/boxpopuli/2011/10/14/what-was-moustachioed-rajaratnam-really-up-to/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • A musical from Pune delights Bangalore

    Bharat Natya Mandir's 'Sangeet Katyar Kalajat Ghusali' played to a full house of Marathi and Hindustani music lovers. There were also some who could follow neither, but they took home an unusual, if lengthy, theatre experience. <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/turntable/2011/10/13/a-musical-from-pune-delights-bangalore/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • CBI raids render Marans friendless

    With no support either from the DMK or the UPA, Chennai's mega media empire faces tough times. <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/boxpopuli/2011/10/11/cbi-raids-render-marans-friendless/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • The magic of Kambara’s writing

    This year's Jnanpith award winner talks about how a fear of ghosts and the British provided the inspiration for his early writing. <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/thewatercooler/2011/10/10/the-magic-of-kambaras-writing/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • The Pawar cartoon and netas who can’t laugh

    A cartoon featuring Sharad Pawar has caught the attention of the world after the police tried to browbeat its creator into taking it off the Net. <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/thewatercooler/2011/10/06/the-pawar-cartoon-row-and-netas-who-cant-laugh/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • Sanjiv Bhatt and the perils of policing

    The arrest of Sanjiv Bhatt, Gujarat's top policeman, shows how politics and policing are intertwined in India, and what happens when an officer breaks ranks and speaks out against his bosses. <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/boxpopuli/2011/10/04/whistleblower-cop-sanjiv-bhatts-plight/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • Thyagaraja gets a pop tweak

    With its earnest singing and conservative experimentation, this album is a pleasant, pop mediation of a great classical composer. For a more erudite experiment with the Carnatic idiom, you might want to listen to The Madras String Quartet, which blends compositions such as Tyagaraja's Mokshamu galada with harmonies and styles characteristic of western classical music. <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/turntable/2011/09/30/thyagaraja-gets-a-pop-tweak/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • The mystery of Sonia Gandhi’s illness

    Why isn't anyone telling us what's wrong with Sonia Gandhi? That's the question some are asking as India's most powerful politician returns from the US after treatment at a cancer hospital. <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/boxpopuli/2011/09/27/the-mystery-of-sonia-gandhis-illness/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • 2G fire now singes Congress netas

    The DMK had suffered setback after setback after the 2G scandal broke a year ago, and the Congress had remained relatively untouched by the investigations. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his party colleagues had, all along, blamed 'coalition politics' for … <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/thewatercooler/2011/09/26/2g-heat-spreads-to-congress/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • Open forum on culture spaces in Bangalore

    Artists, architects and administrators are meeting on September 29 to discuss how spaces can be created in Bangalore for culture. <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/thewatercooler/2011/09/23/open-forum-on-culture-spaces-in-bangalore/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • Will 2G claim Chidambaram’s job?

    A just-unearthed letter is believed to suggest A Raja, now in jail, pulled off the 2G scam with the secret consent of Home Minister P Chidambaram. <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/boxpopuli/2011/09/22/will-2g-claim-chidambarams-job/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • Lokayukta’s exit and the real estate mess

    Karnataka's new Lokayukta Shivaraj Patil has resigned within a month-and-a-half of taking charge. It is not every day that judges are shamed into quitting. So what exactly was his crime? <a href="http://blog.tools.news.yahoo.com/boxpopuli/2011/09/20/lokayuktas-exit-exposes-real-estate-mess/">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>