Month: April 2011

  • Speaking Volumes: Untold stories: India’s non-fiction

    (Published in the Business Standard, April 26, 2011)In the first chapter of The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee starts with a quote from Shakespeare, and a personal story about a patient, Carla. He runs through the conversation he will have with her, and notes ruefully that there is something rehearsed even about his sympathy, […]

  • Speaking Volumes: Greg Mortenson’s Bitter Brew

    (Published in the Business Standard, April 26, 2011. This was such a sad column to write; Mortenson’s Three Cups of Tea set me and several other friends on a journey of exploring how best to make donations of money, books or time to local libraries, and briefly inspired a few very big dreams. The sense […]

  • Speaking Volumes: Bans and Banana Republics

    (Published in the Business Standard, April 5, 2011. Also read Salil Tripathi in The Daily Beast on India’s troubled history of limiting free speech.) At the height of the uproar over Joseph Lelyveld’s new biography of Gandhi, one question deserved to be asked: what would we do with a negative, critical biography of a revered […]