Month: May 2017

  • Book Review: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

    Book Review: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

    an elegy for a bulldozed world, Roy’s instincts placing her once again on the side of the outcasts, challenging Delhi’s infamous ‘insider’ culture by foregrounding a far more interesting set of city insiders.

  • Bob, or the Book of Books, and the pleasure of lists

    Bob, or the Book of Books, and the pleasure of lists

      This week’s column for the Financial Times is about Pamela Paul’s My Life With Bob – an account of the slim, no-frills notebook where she kept the simplest of records, logging the names of all the books she read, from 1988 onwards. So simple, and yet so revealing, if you can bring yourself to […]

  • The FT column: Present, please

    The FT column: Present, please

    On over-gifting, under-gifting, and finding the right present – my column for the Financial Times this week: “Perhaps you should give only what establishes trust, or creates welcome surprise, though this is utopian — much of gift-giving is driven by the impulse to flatter, to bribe or to appease a guilty conscience. Old manuscripts — […]

  • Summer, long writing days

    Summer, long writing days

    It’s been a while since I posted – apologies for letting things get a little dusty around here. I’ve been travelling, gathering a small forest of notes and index cards for the next book, and writing this weekly column on life, the universe and everything for the Financial Times: https://www.ft.com/stream/authorsId/ZWMyZWI5ZDctYzIxZi00MTI5LWJlMGUtMDJlNTA0ZDU3YjU3-QXV0aG9ycw== I loved getting back to […]