I read ‘The Wildlings’ a few years too late. I was present on that evening at the Mumbai Lit Fest in 2012 (I think) when Nilanjana Roy didn’t win the award for the best book of that year. I sat there, a few rows behind, and watched her reaction to the announcement. Did her body tighten a bit? Did she already know or was she … Continue reading the wildlings by nilanjana roy
my article: “6 water bodies with a story to tell” is now up at The Alternative. this piece talks about crocodiles, 17th c rain water harvesting and a bubbling tank – amongst other things! let me know other water bodies with crazy stories that you have come across while traveling or in your city. pasting the link and text below. 6 Water Bodies in India with … Continue reading 6 water bodies with an unusual tale
you are at hauz khas, new delhi. There is the glitzy glamour of the designer boutiques on the main road… with their brightly lit front glass shop fronts, the slim mannequins that make everything look runway fresh and their dangerous promises to transform an average Jane into a Kate Moss. The halo of consumerism is alive here, tempting even the most inept window browser and pushing … Continue reading the two sides of hauz khas, new delhi
The Hauz Khas I was told to visit was all shops, designer outlets and eclectic array of restaurants, cafes and bars. That’s why I went there, for tea and then to meet a friend for dinner. The sheer density of shops startled me – neither did it have the cramped quirkiness of an actual bazaar, nor did it have the feel of a nice up-market mall. … Continue reading hauz khas – heritage for you and me
i owned the book for a good 4 years before i read it… i usually buy books on impulse and that’s in the middle of another book, though with online shopping these days i think the impulse purchase is just killed, i never discover a book, but know the title and then hunt… ok digressing…. so 4 years ago, the city of djinns made me … Continue reading the city of djinns – a book that takes you on a lovely journey unraveling delhi!
traveling to the north is always special. it’s far from where i grew up, and also far from my roots in the south of india. i have few relatives who live that side. traveling there requires thought and then action – meaning a plan. as it’s far for those living below the vindhyas. we decided to spend our christmas and new years freezing at -3* … Continue reading an ode to the kumaoni himalayas verse 1! where oh where are we going?