Essays & Reviews

ESSAYS: Dog Day Afternoons

What does summer mean to you, when you grow up in a hot place? I. Allen Sealy, Dr. Seuss, watching my son grow up: In The Indian Quarterly. Click here to read article

ESSAYS: Watching India v Pakistan in Beijing

“What is going on?” The young women behind us are genuinely mystified. Click here to read article

Reviews: One Point Two Billion: Stories

“He had fifteen blue silk ties, each a slightly different shade of cerulean.”
It is a simple little sentence, offset nicely with paragraph breaks above and below. It stands by itself. It conjures up an image of a fastidious man, a professional (in this case, a lawyer), careful – even painstakingly so – about things, including his appearance and image. Perhaps a bit of a narcissist. Is he a narcissist ?

ESSAYS: Slow Learner

Thoughts on a sort-of career as a magazine editor. For Seminar magazine

ESSAYS: Chasing Fireflies

About what Punjabis on either side of the international border share (Seminar / April 2012) Pervaiz Elahi, Chief Minister of Pakistani Punjab, gave Capt. Amarinder Singh, his sarhad-paar counterpart, a horse. The good Captain reciprocated a few months later with a tractor. In the interim, a World Punjabi Conference was held, East and West Punjab games announced and a general atmosphere of cordiality and bonhomie prevailed. A reporter asked the Pakistani CM whether he felt he’d been one-upped by the […]

ESSAYS: Control and Aspiration

On my parents’ Delhi, and mine (Seminar / December 2011) OLD Mr Gupta is resolute. ‘Down that road,’ he motions. ‘Past our godown. Jungle.’ I’m sitting in his lumber shop in Bhogal, where he holds court and dispenses advice. The wood is market price. Counsel is free. I am, as are many people in this booming New Delhi, a supplicant at the altar of home improvement. My carpenter Irshad sits beside me as we suck down Guptaji’s tea and memories. […]

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