Month: January 2015

  • “Please leave him alone”: reading Perumal Murugan

    “Please leave him alone”: reading Perumal Murugan

    “Perhaps the only free space we have any more, until these times change, is here, in the private compact between writers and their readers that takes place in the wide, broad-bordered lands inside our own heads. In this land, the offence-takers and the angry protestors have no valid visas and cannot cross the frontiers.”

  • From France to India, Charlie Hebdo and the promise of free speech

    From France to India, Charlie Hebdo and the promise of free speech

    Wrote this in some sadness for the Huffington Post. It was published on January 10, a few days after the murders of the editorial team and others, including bodyguards and police officers, at Charlie Hebdo in Paris. “Responsibility cuts both ways. It is true that you cannot reason with a fundamentalist, of any religion, that […]

  • What to read in…

    …2015: http://www.business-standard.com/article/beyond-business/what-to-read-in-2015-114122600994_1.html And the best of the fiction and non-fiction from 2014: http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/nilanjana-s-roy-the-fiction-round-up-115010500922_1.html http://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/the-best-non-fiction-of-2014-114122201069_1.html (Despite the Kindle, I still do this the old-fashioned way: pile the books up on the dining table and pick out the favourites. There’s always too many to include, but at least some of the best get through.)