(From Edward Lear’s poems)

Blogs and random conversations:

The Kitabkhana Archives

Run by Hurree Babu (I stole him from Kim, assuming Kipling wouldn’t mind one cunning Bengalee borrowing from another), Kitabkhana was a first-generation literary blog. It ran for several years, until the Babu’s dhoti was (metaphorically speaking) pulled off and he was formally outed, which gave me an excuse to stop.

Akhond of Swat

Where the columns, reviews and assorted journalism are “archived”, which is my preferred term for “shoved into a large pile at the back of the almirah”.

Chai, gupshup, interviews:

Criticism: The Art of the Review (Publisher’s Weekly, interviewed by Parul Sehgal)

Read the interview.

Literature: From the JLF: In conversation with Lionel Shriver (video)

Literature: JLF:  In conversation with Kiran Nagarkar and Rahul Bhattacharya (video)

Gender: From NDTV’s The Buck Stops Here, on the Slutwalk debate. The dignity with which college student Umang Sabharwal handles her critics is remarkable.

Censorship: From NDTV’s The Buck Stops Here, on Rohinton Mistry’s Such A Long Journey and the Mumbai University controversy. The actor Roshan Seth makes an impassioned plea for the right of writers to create without fear.