Ovid in the Time of Covid: Flying High

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage around the world and millions continue to die, its effects on different sections of society are widely different. And even as vaccines roll out, access to them and the speed of vaccination programmes too vary widely across the world. Meanwhile, the economic impacts of the pandemic are making… Continue reading Ovid in the Time of Covid: Flying High

Cold War Ghostly Presences

Since I haven’t been earning an income in years and am going broke, I have to be careful about buying books. Such a pity really, since I tend to devour them. Yours truly decided to read books that yours truly had gifted father on his birthday last year, instead. The master of spy fiction, John… Continue reading Cold War Ghostly Presences

Writings on The Wall #18: Travelling Solo

While most of the world is still under strict travel restrictions thanks to Covid-19 and travel will take a while to revive, here are my thoughts on travelling solo. As a woman, it's not something I would myself try or even recommend in India. But having travelled alone on leisure overseas, I have to say… Continue reading Writings on The Wall #18: Travelling Solo

Ovid in the Time of Covid: Listening

In times of terrible crises, it helps to listen to those who know better. The Covid-19 pandemic has pitted the science skeptics against the believers and we must be thankful that for the greater part, the view of science has prevailed. Not least, for the marvelous efforts of the vaccine developers who have come to… Continue reading Ovid in the Time of Covid: Listening

Protected: Springtime Reading During the Pandemic

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Writings on The Wall #17: The Countryside

The Covid-19 pandemic is perhaps the perfect time to rediscover the joys of nature in the countryside. Many people in the US and elsewhere are said to have left the big city, its crowds and congestion behind and made their homes out in the country, if only for a while. In my post on the… Continue reading Writings on The Wall #17: The Countryside

Ovid in the Time of Covid: Staying Away

The second of my Ovid in the Time of Covid pieces, this one is called Staying Away and is inspired by the story of Actaeon in The Metamorphoses that some of you might be familiar with. Actaeon, while on a hunting trip with his friends, takes a break and goes to a stream near a… Continue reading Ovid in the Time of Covid: Staying Away

Protected: Stepping Into 2021, in Books and Music

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Gandhi in India and Beyond

The last book I read in 2020 was Ram Guha’s Gandhi: The Years that Changed the World and I don’t think I could have ended what was a tumultuous year with a better read. In a year that was arguably the most chaotic that India has seen since Independence and the Partition, and that has… Continue reading Gandhi in India and Beyond