"The sky, struck with lightning's golden whip, cries out in pain in a rumble of thunder . . . Cranes are drawn to the clouds by desire and fly around them in formation, like a garland of white lotuses that streams in the wind across the sky.”
At the Jaipur Literature Festival (2011) the question we ask ourselves is does Literature matter in a modern world, and if it does how do we as modern readers locate our understanding of it?
The festive season has begun in earnest, here in America. After the small flutter of costumes and candy that Halloween creates at the end of October, the real thing, the Holiday Season, settles in with Thanksgiving, which is dedicated to the cooking and eating of so much meat that humans and refrigerators alike are stuffed and groaning for days after. Halloween has its fair share of commerce but it is Thanksgiving that reminds us that in our sparkling age of high consumption, to be is to buy.
My young friend Sana and I play a game when we wander around New York City. We count the Indians we see on every block – if we see more than five Indians on a street block, we give ourselves a gold star.
The first time I did this column just about two years ago, I wrote about how the trees outside my window were Bangalore trees and the sky that I looked upon was a Bangalore sky.
The death of freelance journalist Hemchandra Pandey in an alleged fake encounter has triggered outrage among many journalists and human rights activists all over the country, even at the level of UNESCO and International Federation of Journalists. Shamefully, the national dailies he used to write for continue to disown him
The whole ‘paid news’ controversy in India, when a certain Maharashtra minister used local newspapers to write favourable ‘advertorials’ for him, leaves a bad taste in the mouth. It’s not only politicians wanting to deride the fourth pillar, a few media houses use an ‘extortionist’ approach for making big bucks by offering potential buyers ‘rate cards’ and ‘package deals’, akin to the soliciting done by women in prostitution.