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Many months ago, I spied a copy of Rudyard Kipling’s autobiography at my parents’ flat in Goa and I was puzzled because I couldn’t imagine my father ever buying a copy of Kipling’s book, unless forced to! It turns out that it belonged to my grandfather, another avid reader. I decided I must read it… Continue reading Something of Kipling, Sans the Colonialist
As cities reopen around the world, many seem to be locking down almost as soon as they reopened. Thanks to local governments not imposing stricter regulations, and others where people have a devil-may-care attitude. Here are my thoughts on why we should care, as sensible and responsible citizens. Why we need to relearn the rules… Continue reading Writings on the Wall #10: Civic Sense
As we deal with the rising number of Covid cases in India and across the world, let us spare a thought for all those down with the infection, and families of millions of others who have succumbed to it. In fact, let us also think about all those who might have lost their jobs and… Continue reading Owl About Words: Finding Poetry in Loss
As the world comes to terms with the Covid-19 pandemic, other demons are also rearing their ugly heads. Racial and religious divides that are polarising countries even more, if that were possible. Right now, the US is in the grip of racial tensions sparked off by yet another killing of an unarmed Black man by… Continue reading Writings on the Wall #9: Equality
As we slowly return to what used to be our normal life - not so long ago, remember? - with masks, hand sanitiser, et al, intact, we probably know at the back of our minds that the world of social distancing is here to stay. We take gingerly steps towards the new Covid-imposed world, but… Continue reading Owl About Words: In These Cautious Times
It is human connections with each other that make us who we are. And an integral part of that is personal, face-to-face interactions, which technology only allows so much of. But at least we have that; people who suffered the Black Death or the Spanish Flu didn't know what was happening to their family members… Continue reading Writings On The Wall #8: Staying Human
A connection on LinkedIn shared a new book by Virginia Woolf published by Times Literary Supplement and I decided that I must buy and read this book of hers. Titled Genius and Ink, Virginia Woolf on How to Read, it is a selection of her essays and criticism for the Times Literary Supplement, to which… Continue reading Discovering Virginia Woolf, The Critic