United’s doggedness puts PSG’s showboating to shame

Angel di Maria is running down the wing, frothing and fuming, like an artistic steam engine on 5000 units of horsepower. Like a fallen angel leading a devil’s workshop, he is a gypsy dancer who wants to hit vengeance with bull’s eye. At the other end, Kylian Mbappe is dancing, tripping, salsaing — turning heads [...]

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A walk across old Chinatown

If you take the turn into Sun Yat-sen Street from Central Avenue on a lazy Sunday morning, you will find children playing cricket in narrow bylanes lined with shops having Chinese names. A walk down these meandering lanes, while negotiating heaps of garbage, will take you into the heart of Kolkata’s old Chinatown, with annals [...]

Lingering

How do you bear spaces that are haunted with refutation, the caprice of foamy sentience perhaps still pebbled with cold laughter, now rumpled in flamboyant senility? The telephone is still towed away at the corner with a voice in droplets. The mirror on the derelict walls which was once coloured by momentum of relentless scuttling [...]

Wind

No more of witch-hunting in gramophone voices. No more of staged distractions and dilapidated laughter. Erasing with a wind compass the vinyl topography of lovers. Corpses rolling like dolls, in the wind, toothless, in the miniature explosion of dust. Bruises on the walls of laughter, horses in the wind, your hair flows like milk and [...]