Author: Neelum S. Gour

Taaru-da, Kaalu-da and the Banquet Scene

Reading Time: 4 minutesDurga Pujo and plays are inseparable. Neelum recalls, tongue-in-cheek, about her grandfather’s, who directed a play, in the 1930s, in Allahabad’s oldest Colonelganj Barwari, on the very important day, Oshtumi. A fiasco during the staging of the Banquet Scene from the Shakespearean Macbeth changed everything. Here’s a special feature, exclusively in Different Truths. Way back […]

Retrobrowsings: Who Killed Marion Gilchrist or the Curious Case of the Writer-Sleuth!

Reading Time: 7 minutesNeelum revisits the December 1964 issue of Reader’s Digest. The condensed book supplement often formed the staple of collective family reading. Human interest stories, medical articles and daredevil adventure formed the balanced content of this widely popular monument of the magazine culture of those times. She reviews a story by Vincent Starret about Sherlock Holmes’s creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, […]

Retrobrowsings: Splitzvilla Extravaganza

Reading Time: 6 minutesNeelum revisits the August 19, 1956, issue of The Illustrated Weekly of India, to bring to us some of the rare gems about the divorce codes from various parts of the world. It would be wrong to say that the scale was tipped in favour of the men. In many parts of the world, women had an upper […]

Retrobrowsings: Different Times for Different Truths

Reading Time: 5 minutesNeelum revisits an editorial by Anees Jung, in Youth Times, in October 1976. The author states that if last week’s column had occasionally felt like a strange journey into a dated past, this one might well be a fantasia of a future on another planet. Was it only forty years ago that something like this could appear as […]

Retrobrowsings:Old Enough to be Young

Reading Time: 7 minutesNeelum revisits a February 1977 issue of JS, in her weekly column. She relives the quintessential 1970s and the search for identity by the youth then. She reminisces that being self-consciously a JS-type young person was an act we’d put together, we who pinned up posters of rock stars, who wrote depressive poetry as though we were all […]

Independence Day Reflections: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Reading Time: 5 minutes  Neelum revisits the August 19, 2002, issue of the India Today. The special Fifty-Five Years of Freedom issue carries a lead article listing fifty-five things that made India proud in the years 1947 to 2002. It covered a vast range then. As the columnist looks back with pride, she finds a dissenting voice in her that […]

Reminiscing Independence Day Plays to Merry Christmas Readings

Reading Time: 7 minutes  Neelum revisits a 1976 issue of Imprint. It was a wonderful literary magazine that carried short stories, poems, travel pieces and book supplements, of superlative quality, with R.V. Pandit as Editor and Ruskin Bond as Managing Editor. There was a common preserve of essential reading for a certain class of people and most people then would […]

Cricket, a Gentleman’s Game

Reading Time: 8 minutes  Mahatma Gandhi once showed his preference for Cricket, when asked for an autograph, by putting his name down as the 17th member of D.R. Jardine’s team. He revealed that he was capable of playing the game and challenged the late Nawab of Pataudi. The then Prime Minister, Mr. Nehru, Vice President, Dr. Radhakrishnan, founder […]

Over the Moon

Reading Time: 10 minutes  The Apollo 13 Moon Mission failed to deliver. Its three astronauts, James Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise, returned alive in a brilliantly salvaged operation. The Moon Walk is something iconic, something celebrated. But the positivity of the time comes across in another moon mission, a mission that failed disastrously, but which spells out a story of […]

Read Gour’s Antiquarium – Retrobrowsing every Monday in Different Truths

Reading Time: 2 minutesReaders of just three or four decades back might have been familiar with the terrific magazine culture of those times. The arrival of the latest issue of Life or The Illustrated Weekly of India or JS or Imprint lent instant zing to the pleasure-prospect of the days ahead. For the contents were devoured, discussed and leafed through […]