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

Protected: Stepping Into 2021, in Books and Music

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Of Open Cities in the Time of Lockdowns

Deserted city streets. Empty or shuttered shops and restaurants. Air travel pretty much grounded. And a raging pandemic in our midst. Seems to be a strange time to be reading a book that is about just the opposite. About a life we once knew, which makes the act of reading it now, a study in… Continue reading Of Open Cities in the Time of Lockdowns

Protected: Reading in the Time of Reckoning

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Owl About Words: Wit or Wily?

The conversation these days is all about restarting the economy. Whether in India, or elsewhere in the world everyone is preoccupied with ways of getting the economy restarted. And one word that invariably comes up in such discussions is "engine" as in engines of growth. How did the word engine come to mean something that… Continue reading Owl About Words: Wit or Wily?

Owl About Words: In These Cautious Times

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