Month: July 2014

  • Booklove: “Being here” — on Nadine Gordimer’s life

    Booklove: “Being here” — on Nadine Gordimer’s life

    "Her life as a writer had begun with the refusal to look only at what was safe to look at: when she saw Johannesburg, she saw (with greater clarity over the decades) how her country was split into black and white, how the schools were different, how a black child like her might not grow up to be a writer as she had, because only one of them had the right of access into the local library."

  • Journal: The Creative Life & How I Write

    Journal: The Creative Life & How I Write

    The best writing advice ever is something you’ll hear from all the pros — figure out your rituals, use the space you have well instead of waiting for the perfect space, and most of all, write regularly. Back in my twenties, I’d hear all of this — write every day, write regularly, show up at […]

  • Journal: Rubble — Three Stories for Jorge

    For his Identidades Ocultas Series, New York-based artist Jorge Tacla asked people from four different professions — a philosopher, an art curator, a psychiatrist and a story-teller — to contribute short essays/ reactions. I loved collaborating on this — maybe there’s a natural jugalbandi between artists and photographers, maybe it’s just that the visually creative […]

  • Booklove: The Sound of Things Falling

    Booklove: The Sound of Things Falling

    (Published in the Business Standard, June 16, 2014) It is only once in a while that animal tragedies impinge on human consciousness: the pathos of their suffering has to be extreme in order to jump the queue of human misery. Some weeks ago, a Copenhagen zoo culled Marius, a giraffe with the soft nose and […]

  • Speaking Volumes: A Perfect Time For Babelfish

    Speaking Volumes: A Perfect Time For Babelfish

    "the world might be changing faster than we realise. It is hard to estimate actual language use on the internet – social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, are "deep" sites, hard to search, and Web spiders are not very good at estimating the reach of local-language blog platforms and sites. It seems, though, that English is only one of many dominant languages online; it may be in the lead, but the internet speaks Chinese, Spanish, Arabic and several other tongues."

  • Booklove: Jamil Ahmad and the Last Frontiers

    Booklove: Jamil Ahmad and the Last Frontiers

    “One way of life had to die. Many historians chronicled that death, but it took a writer like Ahmad to tell the full story of the General and the last of the travels of the Kharot tribes. As the General reminded us, life is full of unpalatable things: it is best to develop a taste for raw onions, and to find a way of loving the world, even as the old ways collapse around you.”