So thrilled to see this seven-page spread of my long-term project on the aspiring actors in the Telugu-language film industry in the January-March 2017 issue of The Indian Quarterly.

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Looking for a quick cup of chai after a walk around the Yousufain Dargah in Hyderabad’s Nampally locality, I spotted a brightly painted cafe occupying a part of an old building adjacent to the dargah. As I walked in, wondering if they also served Irani chai at what looked more like a small restaurant, I almost missed the group of men sitting on their haunches by the door. The sight was intriguing, for many of the men seemed to be dressed reasonably well to be beggars and their backs against the road confirmed they were not daily labourers either. Continue reading ›

It was clear by then that the announcement was going to happen that very evening. The Congress Working Committee meeting was underway in Delhi and everybody seemed to know what the outcome would be- the decision to go ahead with bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and create a separate state of Telangana.

However, as I reached the Arts College in the Osmania University (OU) campus, there was not much activity. Surprising, since it was this University that had been at the forefront of the agitations in 1969 and 2009.


4:58 PM: All I saw was Krishank Manne, spokesperson of the Osmania University Joint Action Commitee (OU JAC) and a junior of mine from the MCJ days, waiting on the steps of the college with a few friends/followers.

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