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November 19, 2013 by PranayGupte
Sachin of Shivaji Park

I’ve lived away from my birthplace of Mumbai since I was 17 years old, but whenever I’m back I always make it a point to visit Shivaji Park. Each visit is always nourishing because each visit always reinforces in my mind how much Mumbai’s Maharashtrian culture shapes its cricket.

It’s a culture that, above all, emphasizes the work ethic, and it’s a culture – anchored in one’s family – that demands...
December 11, 2012 by PranayGupte




Nirvikalpa Natarajan of Chennai has notched up so many formidable accomplishments that her peers in medicine find it hard to believe that she is only 30 years old.


Those accomplishments include performing hundreds of surgeries, and treating even more hundreds of patients in India, Ireland and Britain. Dr. Nirvikalpa is a practitioner of oral and maxillofacial surgery, one of only a handful of women...
December 4, 2011 by PranayGupte
Louis Silverstein: The Man Who Changed Newspapers


By Pranay Gupte

(Published in The Hindu, India, December 4, 2011)


There will never be another Lou Silverstein again. Yes, there will be other geniuses in the media world that fuse design with words and create magic on paper (or on the cyber screen); yes, there will be young people sprouting new ideas of dealing with visuals in the media in order to attract more readers (visitors?). And yes, media design will keep evol...
November 12, 2011 by PranayGupte
I am please to report that my new book, "Dubai: The Making of a Megapolis," has just been published by Penguin-Viking (India). It's available on Amazon.Com, and will be hitting the bookstores soon. The book marks the 40th anniversary of the found of the United Arab Emirates, and is a broad sweeping history of the Gulf region, and Dubai's rise from a small fishing village to one of the world's great cities.
November 1, 2011 by PranayGupte
The Ghost Who Writes But Doesn’t Speak


By Pranay Gupte


If you walk into most bookstores in India and elsewhere, the chances are that you’d see books written by me. One or two titles, or perhaps all 14 that I’ve penned so far in the last three decades, would have my name on the cover. Many more would not carry my name on the jacket at all. Perhaps some of those books might mention me in the acknowledgements, but that’s all. But they are my books n...
February 2, 2011 by PranayGupte
When I came to Dubai nearly four years ago to write a book, the great financial crisis that was to afflict much of the world had just begun to take shape. In the event, one of its most notable victims was this tiny Emirate, a city-state that had risen out of the Arabian littoral’s unforgiving desert and become a global metropolis in barely two decades. Its economy was hit hard, and it is still recovering.


Now another crisis is in full bloom – the popular revolt in Egypt ...
December 20, 2010 by PranayGupte
When a Hundred is a Fifty


By Pranay Gupte


Sachin Tendulkar of India cracked his 50th Test century in South Africa on Sunday evening, a record that’s unlikely to be broken any time soon. His nearest rivals – Ricky Ponting of Australia, with 39 centuries – and Jacques Kallis of South Africa, with 38 centuries – simply do not have Tendulkar’s stamina and steadiness. Moreover, the 36-year-old Indian batsman isn’t done yet – who know...
November 25, 2010 by PranayGupte
A Farewell To Dubai


By Pranay Gupte

(Published in The Hindu, India’s national newspaper, November 26, 2010)


Perhaps it was the good feeling generated by the visit this week to the United Arab Emirates by the septuagenarian President Pratibha Patil of India, or perhaps it’s the fact that the octogenarian Queen Elizabeth II – whose country, Britain, formerly governed the Gulf region – arrived as a supplicant just as Mrs. Patil left with a bagful...
November 10, 2010 by PranayGupte
By Pranay Gupte

(Published in Khaleej Times, November 10, 2010)


President Barack Obama of the United States spoke fulsomely about shared values between his country and India of tolerance and cultural understanding, and of sustainable economic development during his three-day visit to this week. But he could just as well have been talking about the United Arab Emirates.


Of course, the demographic scales are different. The ethnicities are different. And the political e...
November 5, 2010 by PranayGupte
The Most Brilliant Minds I Have Ever Met / By Pranay Gupte


During the course of a long journalistic and writing career, I have had the privilege to meet some of the smartest men and women of my time. They have had an impact on me because their staggering intellects, their ability to synthesize ideas, their modesty, and their natural inclination to find solutions to societal problems. I learned a lot from each one of them – most of all the humbling reality that I could never ma...
November 1, 2010 by PranayGupte
Gone: The lions and the lionesses


By Pranay Gupte

(Published in The Hindu, India, November 2, 2010)


In life, as in parables, there are lions and lionesses, and there are snakes. There are the good, and there are the greedy. There are those who smile, and there are those who stab. There are friends who limn one’s life with the joy of learning and laughter – but, like lions and lionesses, they are few and far between. Rarer still are friends who double as m...
October 31, 2010 by PranayGupte
By Pranay Gupte

(Published in The Hindu, India, November 1, 2010)


I’ve met several American presidents during my long journalistic career, but I never met John Fitzgerald Kennedy, one of my political heroes. I was a schoolboy in Bombay – now Mumbai – when he was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963. I was younger still when Kennedy was elected in 1960 as the 35th president of the United States. He was 46 years old, the first Roman Catholic president of th...
October 20, 2010 by PranayGupte
The Forum in Mauritius, a new entity aimed at finding workable solutions to issues of global immediacy from the perspective of developing countries, will be launched on Friday, October 22.

 Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Ahmed Rashid Beebeejaun of Mauritius will formally open the annual inaugural summit at the Labourdonnais Hotel, Port Louis. 

The theme of this year’s conference will be “THE INFLUENCE OF THE MEDIA IN THE WORLD”. 

The one-day summit has attrac...
October 20, 2010 by PranayGupte
The Forum in Mauritius, a new platform to enable voices from the Global South to suggest implementable solutions to problems of international immediacy -- particularly relating to developing countries -- will be inaugurated on October 22 in Port Louis. Please contact:
July 2, 2010 by PranayGupte
Will Indians face a backlash in the United States?


By Pranay Gupte

(Published in The Hindu, India, July 2, 2010)


There’s been increasing angst and teeth-gnashing among Indians in the United States this week over a tongue-in-cheek essay by columnist Joel Stein in the international newsweekly, TIME. Mr. Stein ruefully talks about how his native Edison, a New Jersey community just across the Hudson River from New York City, has been transformed into a “Littl...