Malacca – a treasure trove of history

April 15th, 2011

(First appeared in The Week online edition, April 2011)

For centuries, it was a flourishing port state bridging East and West. Founded by an Indian King in the early 15th century, soon under the Portuguese who were driven out in 1641 by the Dutch, followed by British rule till the middle of the 20th century…

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Plain folk — cricket’s true stakeholders

April 3rd, 2011

(First appeared in The Hindu, April 3, 2011)

I landed in Colombo on India’s Independence Day in 2006, with mixed feelings. A tri-nation cricket series involving India, Sri Lanka and South Africa was in prospect, but the inaugural match slated for the previous day was cancelled following a bomb blast in the heart of Colombo. En route to the Taj Samudra, we drove past the spot where a bomb had caused seven deaths just 24 hours ago.

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