Do you remember the late Behram Contractor? No? Or will you remember if I say, Busybee?
I was not a keen follower of his columns but I read about him and later his columns, from the collection published as Busybee. I remember, Arjun was the one who introduced them to me. He had all the books. They were published in a few volumes. This was around my ninth or tenth.
I loved his writing. Very simple, elegant, straight from the heart writing of an old school journalist. I even remember a few articles. There was one about Hema and Murli Deora, one about the character of Sachin Tendulkar and how even Azharuddin smiled when Sachin garnered all the publicity. The ones on cricket, especially India vs Pakistan matches. There was a very funny take on Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. The “Eating Out” section reviewing the various restaurants of Bombay. I finished all the volumes as if I was reading some thriller. The articles he wrote about Bombay were probably the best.
I suddenly came across his name somewhere and did a quick Google search only to stumble on this site.
Simply brilliant. I am rereading all the articles and they are such unadulterated joy back alive from those days.