Ovid in The Time of Covid: Heroism

During the past couple of years that the pandemic has raged around the world, we have seen how some have risen to fight the virus with all that they had at their disposal, while others cowered and dithered over what to do next. It was imperative that the world tackled the pandemic head-on and yet,… Continue reading Ovid in The Time of Covid: Heroism

Whereabouts, Context and Depth?

The second book that my parents gifted me for my birthday this year, besides Amartya Sen’s memoir is Jhumpa Lahiri’s Whereabouts. I had already read about her attempt to write this book in Italian and then translate it back into English herself and one marvels at the author’s courage. Around three years ago I think… Continue reading Whereabouts, Context and Depth?

Ovid in the Time of Covid: Vulnerability

As the Covid pandemic rages on, albeit at a lower level of transmission, we can never be sure that it will go away. In fact, there seems to be a growing acceptance around the world now that Covid-19 will be in our midst for a long time and we need to be fully vaccinated against… Continue reading Ovid in the Time of Covid: Vulnerability

Truly at Home in The World

Finished reading Amartya Sen’s Home in The World, that my parents had gifted me for my birthday this year. The first I heard of it was in an article by Edward Luce of The Financial Times that he shared on Twitter and I remember thinking, well, it’s been a long time since one saw or… Continue reading Truly at Home in The World

Of Writing and Writing Instruments

The act of transcribing one’s thoughts on a page or any surface dates back millennia and is inextricably linked with our being human and needing to communicate. Whether expressed as ideograms or drawings, like the Lascaux cave drawings in the Dordogne region of France, this form of communication developed even before languages and scripts were… Continue reading Of Writing and Writing Instruments

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