French actor Gerard Depardieu greets Russian President Vladimir Putin at the latter’s residence—AFP

French actor Gerard Depardieu greets Russian President Vladimir Putin at the latter’s residence—AFP

French actor Gerard Depardieu greets Russian President Vladimir Putin at the latter’s residence—AFP

Cricket

When William Blake published his The Tyger in 1794, he carefully replaced the usual “i” of “Tiger” with a “y” in order to suggest the extraordinariness of the apocalyptic beast.

Official visits by heads of state or government are like vital surgical operations — if you come out of the operation theatre alive and are back in your room, it is deemed a success.