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A Visionary Auteur Goes Gently Into The Good Night

“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” —Edmund Hillary Armed with a pedigreed background in film world and a  distinct persona of her own, Kalpana Lajmi(1954) carved a special niche for herself as a sensitive film director on gender issues. Surrounded by trail blazers, she was the daughter of […]

Media Remembers Kuldip Nayar as a Great Fighter for Free Press

Kuldip Nayar’s anti-Emergency journalism in the service of a free, fair and intrepid press has landed him a top spot in the journalistic hall of fame, it has been duly acknowledged that his commitment was to the “scoop” and his “conscience” — and not fame or money, as historian Ramachandra Guha aptly observes. A tribute […]

Sir VS Naipaul: A Literary Giant; an Apparent Bundle of Contradictions

Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was a very misunderstood character and the interesting part is that he never made any effort to erase that misunderstanding wither through his writings or his personal life. He could be disarmingly charming, but for that to happen, the other person would have to make an effort to see what was […]

Naipaul: A Self-Confessed Exile Forever

Irreverence is every writer’s passport and Naipaul made it a habit, a twisted virtue the world recognised with a Nobel, a prize which eluded him for a long time, maybe because he was not noble in his use of words. He couldn’t be blamed for the bile in him because those who escaped the “area […]

Love is Not Love Till you give it Away!

Hemashri pays tribute to a former IAS officer, who was also a pro bono lawyer. His immense love and compassion for others set him apart. In him, she found a friend, philosopher, and guide. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. I was completely cheesed off sitting in a sealed AC cabin, […]

Great Chilean Musician Max Berrú Carrión Passes Away

Despite not being born in Chile, Max Berrú became Chilean by choice and lived five long decades in that country and became an emblem of trans-Andean music. Together with Jorge Coulón, he joined a group that played Argentine folk music. In this period, they meet Horacio Salinas and Horacio Durán, together with whom they created […]

Sashi Kapoor, the Charming Hero of Bollywood Bids Adieu

Shashi Kapoor, the gentleman-hero of Bollywood, passed away in Mumbai, this evening, after a prolonged illness, barely three months before he turned 80. Ruchira pays a tribute to the charming actor, in Different Truths. Shashi Kapoor, the handsome hunk of Bollywood’s yesteryears is no more. He died Monday evening at a Mumbai hospital after a […]

Prof. Yash Pal, Former Chairperson of UGC, Passes Away; he Promoted Scientific Temperament

Prof. Yash Pal, a celebrated scientist, and an erudite thinker passed away on Tuesday (June 25). He had once stated that it was the absence of scientific analysis that ultimately led to the partition of the country. A soulful tribute to the great scholar by Ashoka, exclusively in Different Truths. There are individuals who succeed in […]

The 1971-War Hero Commander B N Kavina VrC Passes Away in Australia

Commander Bahadur Nariman Kavina is the Navy officer we are talking about. As a husband, father, friend, boss and even stranger he was extraordinary, adoring, sensible, sensitive, wise, kind, charitable, adorable, considerate, and compassionate. Above all, this upright gentleman with a twinkle in his eye and an endearing smile on his lips was most unassuming […]