DIVINE HYPNOSIS 

This happened a few years ago on a March afternoon. It being a holiday, we considered a short drive. ‘No temples, no relatives. Only a long drive’, insisted Gen. Next of the family knowing well our preferences. ‘OK’, we said but read on what happened. Having started late and not knowing where to go, we…

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BEWARE THE GHOST

Do ghosts and spirits exist? Dayyams and bhoothams, that is? Some say yes, others don’t. Sometime in the late 80s, I and our photographer traveled to Rollapadu in the Kurnool district to do a story on the Great Indian Bustard, an endangered species which was in a revival mode at the time. On the way…

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KACHEGUDA, MY LOVE 

Yes, my bond with Kacheguda railway station and the area has been strong and timeless. I was born in what is today Badruka College, a stone’s throw from the station, and had spent all my childhood at the nearby Barkatpura Chaman. When my parents and siblings arrived from Bezawada to settle down for good, their…

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ON A PLATTER

Two wonderful stories, both on page one stuff,  came my way without a sweat. The first one in the mid-70s and the second in the mid-80s…. Read on… In the evening I was joined in the Secretariat by T. Sirish Kumar, my colleague and circulation executive in The Indian Express. As we passed the chambers…

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