Month: March 2014

  • Book review: Filomena’s Journeys, Maria Aurora Couto

    Book review: Filomena’s Journeys, Maria Aurora Couto

    (Published in the Business Standard, March 2013) Filomena’s Journeys: A portrait of a marriage, a family & a culture Maria Aurora Couto Aleph Book Company, Rs 495, 290 pages In the introduction to her book, The Liar’s Club, Mary Karr writes about the time her mother’s kitchen was retiled. Redoing a panel, the tile man […]

  • The Jungle Trees of Central India, Pradip Krishen

    (Published in the Business Standard, March 2013; this is the long-playing version.) So many of the world’s best books happen on foot; far more writers are walking animals than sedentary ones, returning to the desk to set down an account of where their travels took them.   Very rarely, the walking doesn’t just enable the […]

  • Khushwant Singh, RIP

    (Khushwant Singh died at the age of 99, just before his 100th summer. An old profile, in tribute.)   What do smart sardars and UFOs have in common?You hear a lot about them but no one’s actually met one.(Politically incorrect joke found on the Internet.) I don’t know where you’d go to meet a UFO, […]