Month: July 2013

  • Speaking Volumes: The Mirror of Beauty

      (Published in the Business Standard, July 8, 2013) Look for the key to The Mirror of Beauty in the dedication and the epigraph, far more revealing than most of their kind. The dedication is to “29C, Hastings Road, Allahabad, its Lady of the House, and the two girls who are the radiant roses of […]

  • Journal: The Wildings come out to play

    Journal: The Wildings come out to play

    Backstage at the Akshara Theatre, it felt as though I knew everybody already. Which I did, because I’d written them. That self-possessed girl in the tigress costume was Tawny, short for Mulligatawny; the high-voltage compressed .ZIP file of pure energy was Hulo; the shy soft-spoken girl in brown was secretly Kirri the killer mongoose. There’s […]

  • Speaking Volumes: Childhood’s end

    (Published in the Business Standard, July 2, 2013) Coming to the last page of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean At The End of The Lane, I put the book down reluctantly, and made a mental list of all the things that are taboo for any attentive reader. Do not wish for a fairy tale life, for […]