Monthly Archives: August 2012

Prabha Mallya: Illustrator’s Note

Nilanjana Roy’s The Wildings, on my third reading of it (a couple of months after the last illustration for the book was handed in) still moves me deeply. It was always meant to be an illustrated book. The story reveals a living, vibrant, layered world that exists right here part of our bustling human settlements, that […]

About The Wildings

Mara’s story She was an orange kitten with deep green eyes, no bigger than the palm of my partner’s hand. Mara had been rescued from a drain in Sujan Singh Park by my cousin, and was temporarily living with them and their three dogs. “We have to find someone to adopt her!” said Kamini. “Yes,” […]

The Bhagat Brandwagon

(Published in the Business Standard, August 21, 2012; this is a slightly longer version) It took the much-praised (and occasionally maligned) Chetan Bhagat just one bestseller to become a character in his own stories. He is already famous in One Night @ the Call Centre, returning from a talk at IIT Kanpur about his book. […]

Speaking Volumes: Emperors, apostates and absences

(Published in the Business Standard, August 14, 2012) The price Raja Rammohan Roy paid in the early 19th century for expressing his views on Hinduism and sati was not minor. His mother ostracized the Brahmo reformer, and declared that he should not be allowed to inherit family property because he was an ‘apostate’. The Life […]

All creatures great and small

(This post was sparked by a story in The New York Times on the stray dog “menace” in India; and by reading Jai Arjun’s post on human cruelty/ indifference towards animals.) Naming the problem: Stray dog populations have risen in India over the last few years; as the population rises, some urban and rural areas […]

All creatures great and small

(This post was sparked by a story in The New York Times on the stray dog “menace” in India; and by reading Jai Arjun’s post on human cruelty/ indifference towards animals.) Naming the problem: Stray dog populations have risen in India over the last few years; as the population rises, some urban and rural areas […]

Food: In The Flesh

Published in Seminar, 2005 Here is a partial list of animals I have eaten over the last three decades. Goat (legs, stomach, brain, sweetbreads, kidney, liver, yes; eyes and head, never); cow (usually in the form of steaks, but also the tail in soups, the tongue, the parts inside—liver, kidneys, even heart, brain, intestines, but […]

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