Farrukh Dhondy

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Farrukh Dhondy

Poppy politics

“He who has the ultimate laugh
Will without a doubt
Laugh alone with moistened eyes
And nothing to laugh about!”
From
Kem Dikra Kem Chhe by Bachchoo

In conversation with the dead

“What would Omar have said?
‘Drink heartily before you’re dead’
What does Bachchoo say?
‘The effect doesn’t even last a day’.
How would Khayyam reply?
‘Read ‘love’ for ‘wine ’ then die’

Slut as in slattern

Slut as in slattern
“Isn’t it strange?
Isn’t it rich?
That Panini
The Grammarian of Sanskrit
Is now an Italian sandwich?”

From Hai Doonya!

What unites India?

“Though Shakespeare did not invent the form
He wrote a lot of sonnets to a guy
Encapsulating both the calm and storm
Of love. And though I can in no way try

India’s retail sector is a potpourri of formats.

There was a news report not so long ago that ICRISAT (International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics), an international organisation and part of the CGIAR (Consultative Group on Inte