Lost ancient Indian cities

The Smithsonian Magazine has an article about ancient cities lost to the seas. India’s Mahabalipuram finds a place in the list, along with Egypt’s Alexandria and others. This started me thinking of other Indian cities I know that have been lost to the sea.  There are Dwarka and Lothal in the West, and in the…

Is Shah Rukh Khan over-reacting? Are we?

I cannot seem to open any major newspaper these days – Indian or US – without hearing how badly Shah Rukh Khan (SRK from here on) was treated by US immigration authorities.  The New York Times has an article on how it overshadowed the celebrations for India’s independence Day, the Wall Street Journal says the…

First Harvest

A necklace of bright red beads lies strewn on my plate, though some of the beads seem to have come unstrung.   They are polished-looking beads, these, with skin that glows with the shine of youth. I plucked my first tomato harvest the other day.  A few days later, they still sit on my countertop, and…

Indians and murder-suicides

Two murder suicides in two continents, separated by just a few days and eight thousand miles.  And yet they are so vastly different in nature.   Indians, for one,, seem to have a different way of doing things when it comes to murder-suicides. I seem to be reading about murder-suicides so much more frequently this year.  …

Suitable boy version 2.3.4?

There must be multiple published versions of Vikram Seth’s “A Suitable Boy”. That must be the explanation. I re-read “A Suitable Boy” after many years. Okay, “re-read” is not exactly how you would describe it; I selectively read parts and flipped through others. I can understand that when we go back to the same book…