A Paean to Thymos

Over a year ago, I had written a post on identity politics as it exists around the world, including in India, and in it I had referred to an excerpt from Francis Fukuyama’s new book, Identity, that I happened to read online on Quillette. I had then said that I would like to read the… Continue reading A Paean to Thymos

Live Life Outside the 24×7 News Flow

The new year, 2020, has begun and I thought it's the perfect opportunity to share with you, new videos that I have made for my blog. They carry forward the same message of the need for quiet reflection and form yet another link in the Owl Wisdom idea. First, the theme film for my blog… Continue reading Live Life Outside the 24×7 News Flow

Writings on the Wall #4: Meeting of Cultures

Reading Olga Tokarczuk's book, Flights, right now and will be writing about it later this month. If there is anything that can be said about travel, it is that it is many flights at once. Across space and time, of course, but also of the imagination, of our understanding of foreign cultures, and of the… Continue reading Writings on the Wall #4: Meeting of Cultures

When Lady Courage Wields Her Pen

Let me start by confessing that I am embarrassed that it has taken me a year to read the books that I had bought last year, and write about them. There has just been so much to read through the year, that I kept putting off reading the books that I had bought at last… Continue reading When Lady Courage Wields Her Pen

Writings On the Wall #3: Museums

I recently read about the newly renovated - and partly rebuilt - Museum of Modern Art in New York in a New York Review of Books article and it said that the project cost US $ 450 million and is its third expansion in over 30 years. The newly expanded building (it now includes the… Continue reading Writings On the Wall #3: Museums

Writings on the Wall #2: Venice

I didn't intend this to be the next of my posts in the Writings on the Wall series, but with Venice flooded and the government there declaring a state of emergency in the city, I thought it might be appropriate to pay my homage to the magnificent city and send the people there my best… Continue reading Writings on the Wall #2: Venice