Stories in Words

by: Shashi Tharoor
Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, known for his outspoken candor when he was the U.S. ambassador in New Delhi in the mid-1970s, used to enjoy comparing the port cities of Singapore, Rangoon and Calcutta. In the late 1940s they were much alike: bustlin...
by: Fakhri Motiwala
This narrative details experiences of working in the highly controlled domain of imports and exports before 1991. Imports and exports were governed by the archaic Imports and Exports Control Act (1947), a law that was obsolete and unresponsive to th...
by: Swaminathan Aiyar
Like most commodities, foreign exchange too was chronically short during the License-Permit Raj, especially during the “garibi hatao” phase of the early 1970s. So, concerning films demanding foreign exchange, the government allocated only token amoun...