Picture Postcards

Friends, I take so many pictures and I realized I don’t share them here enough. Part of the reason was that I have been agonizing over the logistics — will people like them? Will they think they are trash? And they don’t, will my intellectual property be protected? You know what, I don’t care. I am publishing these pictures,(…)

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Travels in Naxal country, Jharkhand

Travels in Naxal country, Jharkhand

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Life & death: A flood story

Life & death: A flood story

The youngest member of the relief camp is two days old. She has no name. Her grandparents-to-be had cried desperately as the water swept them away last week in Kolaipatti village and hundreds fled. Her mother, nine months pregnant, had begun a long walk that would decide the fate of both mother and daughter. For(…)

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India’s Shame

India’s Shame

The prime minister reacted to the crisis on August 28, ten crucial days after the flooding began. Too few military rescuers have been sent by New Delhi, and too late. State police are missing from rescue and relief sites. There is a complete collapse of support from local government and panchayat officials. Relief distribution is(…)

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Killer Kosi could leave Bihar barren

Killer Kosi could leave Bihar barren

Modern India’s worst ever floods continued to eat up vast swathes of farmland in Bihar, with a much larger war to fight: thousands of acres of barren farmland, property squabbles, no cattle to plough the land, and homeless millions. The flooding in the Kosi River , currently pulverizing several parts of northern Bihar , has(…)

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Beijing to Bihar

I apologize I have not written anything for a long time. Many friends have wondered why, some have gently reprimanded me, and I intend to make up for it. My life has been on a rollercoaster for the past few weeks (I’d like to tell you that I am terrified of rollercoasters and never get on them).(…)

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चैन से सोना है तो टीवी बंद कर दो

चैन से सोना है तो टीवी बंद कर दो

पिछले दिनों टीवी पर पत्रकार साथियों को आरुषि काण्ड में कवरेज को लेकर अपनी और बाक़ी टीवी चैनलों की सफाई देते सुना. बोले, “अगर डाक्टर तलवार के पड़ोसी ही कहते हैं कि वो दुश्चरित्र थे, तो हमारा क्या दोष?” इन पत्रकार साथियों का मैं यूँ बड़ा कायल रहा हूँ और उनका काम मुझे पसंद है. लेकिन(…)

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Two interviews: CNN-IBN and Screen

Here is the video of the CNN-IBN interview with Somen Mishra, sorry I took some time to put it up: http://www.ibnlive.com/videos/66331/next-big-thing-neelesh-misra-scribe-turns-to-showbiz.html And the story in Screen by Rajiv Vijaykar: “How do you write with so much depth at the age of 34 and in today’s age of vacuous cursory rhymes? Is it because your journalistic(…)

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ब्लॉग मरा नहीं. ब्लॉग मरते नहीं.

ब्लॉग मरा नहीं. ब्लॉग मरते नहीं.

दफ्तर में मेरे मित्र ने हंस कर कहा, “कहा था न? ये ब्लॉग व्लोंग बस दस दिन का शौक़ है. हो गए न टाँय टाँय फिस?” असल में वो बंगाली हैं, उन्होंने इस लखनवी अदा में नहीं कहा था, लेकिन हमें लखनवी अदा पसंद है — और आख़िर ब्लॉग हमारा है — तो हम उनकी बात(…)

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एक कोयल की लाश

एक कोयल की लाश

चुनाव एक साल पहले हो गए, लेकिन मिली जुली सरकार आज तक न बन सकी. भाषा के नाम पर जंग छिड़ी है. और एक पंथ के लोग एक मोहल्ले में रहते हैं, जहाँ बाहरी लोगों को बसने नहीं दिया जाता. ये हिंदुस्तान नहीं है भैय्या, परदेस की कहानी है. इस महीने यूरोप में हूँ. फकीरों(…)

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