Category Archives: India

An extremely slow train- Monisha Rajesh’s Around India in 80 Trains

Uninspired. That is one word for Monisha Rajesh’s Around India in 80 Trains. For such an inspired idea of traveling all over India in 80 trains, her book translated into a complaining, self-righteous, insipid, and a boring monologue. Books on … Continue reading

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Chemmeen- Lost in Translation

There is not much to write about Thakazhi SivasankaraPillai’s Chemmeen, written in 1956 and translated by Anita Nair in 2011. The original novel written in Malyalam was a widely acclaimed classic, but the translated version was childish and silly. Undeveloped … Continue reading

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Fishy Tales- Samanth Subramanian’s Following Fish: Travels Around the Indian Coast

“Travel does nothing better than swinging a wrecking-ball into even your most meager expectations. A place is always hotter or wetter or drier than you suspect it will be; people will always turn out to have stories different from the … Continue reading

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I missed the love- India in Love: Marriage and Sexuality in the 21st Century

A few months ago, while placing a phone call from the United States to my mother in India, I became an involuntary participant to another phone call, taking place in Lahore, Pakistan. The call was between a man and a … Continue reading

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Conversations for the End of our Lives – Reflections on Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

My friend and I frequent a quaint little café near our apartment in Columbus because of a delicious coffee beverage called the Vienna Kaffee. We also call this café as the ‘Old People’s Café’ because whenever we visit this café, … Continue reading

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The Calcutta Chromosome

Again, from the past in an attempt to consolidate my reflections on books that I have read over the years. This book was and remains, singularly, one of the most brilliant books that I have ever read. The Calcutta Chromosome. … Continue reading

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