Month: December 2012

  • The BS column: How we’re reading in 2012

    (Published in the Business Standard, December 18, 2012) Reading on the Metro: Between Central Secretariat and Jahangirpuri, as the Metro swings under the surface of Delhi’s busy roads, you see a pattern in what people read. South Delhi carries the bestsellers of the day on to the Metro, moving from Ravinder Singh and Amish Tripathi’s […]

  • The BS column: Cappucino festivals

      (Published in the Business Standard, December 10, 2012)   Back from Bombay’s literary carnival, I have trouble with my hearing. There’s Axl Rose’s growling vocals in my left ear, Anita Desai’s gentle, precise whispers in my right. Axl, the last gun standing from Guns N’Roses, had brought the reconfigured band to Bombay while the […]

  • Chekov: Cultured People

    Cultured people must, in my opinion, satisfy the following conditions: 1. They respect human personality, and therefore they are always kind, gentle, polite, and ready to give in to others. They do not make a row because of a hammer or a lost piece of india-rubber; if they live with anyone they do not regard […]

  • Nine Lives, jugalbandhi

    Illustrations: Prabha Mallya; Text; Nilanjana Roy (I wrote Nine Lives for Bombay Mid-Day, when they asked for a story about cats in 140 words. Then Prabha sent this stunning illustrated version.) More about The Wildings here. 

  • Journal: December poem, Snowmen (Agha Shahid Ali)

    SNOWMEN by Agha Shahid Ali My ancestor, a man of Himalayan snow, came to Kashmir from Samarkand, carrying a bag of whale bones: heirlooms from sea funerals. His skeleton carved from glaciers, his breath arctic, he froze women in his embrace. His wife thawed into stony water, her old age a clear evaporation. This heirloom, […]