Category: Blog

  • Journal: Lola Kitty comes home

    Journal: Lola Kitty comes home

    One of the great joys of finishing the manuscript of The Hundred Names of Darkness was that short, tantalizing gap before Prabha Mallya sent in her illustrations. I couldn’t wait to see what she would make of the second book; her art for The Wildings had astonished and delighted me when I’d seen it. Interviewers…

  • What to read in 2014: A (very short) list

    Business Standard asked for a list of book recommendations for readers in 2014. This is by no means exhaustive, and doesn’t cover translations, poetry, drama, or young adult fiction, but here are a few that I’m really looking forward to reading next year. It looks like a great year for fiction, with new work expected…

  • Journal: No Going Back-Delhi against #377

    Journal: No Going Back-Delhi against #377

  • Friends,  Romans and country cats

    Friends, Romans and country cats

  • Journal: “Where do you get your ideas from?”

  • Blog: Lost and Found

    Blog: Lost and Found

    Packing for a long trip, I push aside a stack of books and Agha’s words emerge, upside down, from between Manguel’s Dictionary of Imaginary Places and a water-stained, tobacco-stained copy of Government In the Dominions, which is where his Kashmir might have fitted, too. Some years after he printed this out for me, we moved…

  • Blog: Up with the stars

    This happened on the world’s highest motorable world, back in the 2000s when so few vehicles made the long, difficult journey to Leh and Ladakh that some days we drove without seeing more than one Army truck, across the Morey Plains. It was a lonely road, and I remember that on the return journey, the…

  • Blog: Packing-Shacking

    Blog: Packing-Shacking

    I miss trunks. They were egalitarian: every house had a shiny steel one or a black lacquered beast that in effect, was a small room pretending to be an article of baggage. You could do things to them that would lend trunks a hint of glamour–like so: …but nothing could cover up their essential squat…

  • Blog: Double roti

    Blog: Double roti

    “Some 80 percent of a loaf of bread consists of nothing more than air. But air is not nothing. In bread, it is where much of the flavor resides, and is the reason bread is so much more aromatic than porridge. The air trapped in the alveoli conducts bread’s aromas–the two hundred or so volatile…