Writings on The Wall #24: Breathing Freely

Hello folks. This is probably going to be the last of my Writings on The Wall blog posts, that I have been sharing with you all for the past couple of years. I have enjoyed writing and sharing my thoughts with you all on a variety of subjects, all to do with culture, travel, art… Continue reading Writings on The Wall #24: Breathing Freely

Of the Priests, By the Priests, For the Priests

Having just accomplished one of my life’s aims, I ask myself whether it was really worth it. I have just finished reading The Laws of Manu. I can’t think of any endeavour more single-minded, more self-serving and more ruthlessly successful in its purpose. It tells us why we Hindus still have the caste system in… Continue reading Of the Priests, By the Priests, For the Priests

Ovid in the Time of Covid: The Healing Touch

Just when we thought that vaccines had the Covid-19 pandemic under control, at least in western countries, the Delta variant threatens to derail whatever progress was made. In India too, as well as in South-East Asia, the pandemic continues to rage, with not much improvement in daily new cases. At a time like this, we… Continue reading Ovid in the Time of Covid: The Healing Touch

Writings on the Wall #23: Indian Hospitalitea

As India commemorates 75 years of independence this year, I thought I'd share my thoughts on a particular gift that the British brought to India from China and left it for us to savour, serve and share with the world. I am talking about tea. It was first discovered by the British in China and… Continue reading Writings on the Wall #23: Indian Hospitalitea

Ovid in the Time of Covid: Locked Down

Even as parts of the world emerge from lockdowns imposed in the wake of the second and third waves of the coronavirus, it appears that yet another variant and wave could threaten to send us scurrying back indoors. Between trying to get back to life as we knew it and severe restrictions, we are having… Continue reading Ovid in the Time of Covid: Locked Down

American Democracy According to Tocqueville

America is one country I have not visited yet, which might surprise many. Well, it just so happens that I was never inclined to visit the US, even though I have friends there, both from college in Delhi and those known to my family. I told myself that if I ever do visit the United… Continue reading American Democracy According to Tocqueville

Writings on the Wall #22: Time

As the world gets vaccinated and emerges from lockdowns, it is time to ready for work and social activity once again. Several sectors that were severely impacted by the pandemic can look forward to reopening their businesses and welcoming customers. One of the features of this pandemic according to media reports, was that people had… Continue reading Writings on the Wall #22: Time

Impressions and Sketches of Another Age

While dusting and spring-cleaning my father’s bookshelves at home in Goa, I happened to discover a book I had never seen before in his collection. When I opened it, I was even more surprised to see his inscription: Daryaganj pavement, Delhi, 1999. He did visit me in Delhi around then and we might have wandered… Continue reading Impressions and Sketches of Another Age