Month: April 2006

  • Back to Bom: Vikram Doctor on Rushdie’s city

    The Babu usually abjures the Economic Times’ irritating web format–it takes four clicks to read a smallish article, and there’s no single-page format–but we had to make an exception for Vikram Doctor’s interesting take on Rushdie’s Bombay, circa Midnight’s Children and now. Bombay is there from the posh bungalows of Methwold’s Estate where Saleem lived, […]

  • Cities of the Plain: Rana Dasgupta

    Rana Dasgupta on the new-found glamour of the Third World City: These are the early symptoms of a huge shift in the west’s perception of the world: the third-world metropolis is becoming the symbol of the “new”. This is all the more thrilling for its improbability: surely, those suffocating slums are too exhausted, too moribund, […]

  • Fair is foul: Ruchir Joshi

    Ruchir Joshi explores the dark side of the Indian fair and lovely obsession in The Hindustan Times. It’s a satisfying rant, but the arguments could have been a lot more complex: It’s shameful but true that we are institutionally and individually racist towards people with dark brown skin, especially if they come from Africa rather […]

  • Exhibits from I Allan Sealy’s Museum

    I love this painting–Matisse’s The Red Room–and sent up a silent hallelujah when I read I Allan Sealy’s Red, which begins in the Hermitage, with two characters bumping into each other in front of the painting. Sealy’s in classic form, check out this passage: The Red Room by Henri Matisse What it shows: a room […]

  • Judge it already

    And this is where the pros go when they want to judge a book by its cover: The Museum of Book Covers. Which introduced the Babu to useful terms like “coverwhoring”. Plan to drop that into my next conversation: “He used to be a blurb whore, but now that he’s famous, he’s upgraded to fullblown […]

  • Poster Girls We Like

    Spent some time this morning browsing Zubaan’s Poster Women exhibition online. Here’s what they’re trying to do: The Poster Women project began with the idea of locating and archiving as many posters of the movement as possible. The idea was to look at how the women’s movement and its concerns could be mapped visually, to […]