Coming to Gita

I have been brought up a Hindu, by a devout mother who adores Krishna and cares for him almost as her third child. So, Gita is not an alien text to me. I have heard its basic tenets a few times, I have seen some gatherings of elderly women weep over the message of divine…

Shifting Sands

Traveling through the primal lands of Western Australia where I didn’t expect to find much except desolation, I strangely came upon a site which linked directly to the title of this blog. The Shifting Sands themselves – in a pristine white, so soft to the touch. Their charm was enhanced against the backdrop of a…

Sounds from a window

For slightly over two weeks, I have been hearing a man’s voice from my bathroom window. It comes from some floor below, and is desperate. For the first few days, all I heard was his pleas to open the door – presumably to his family. At first, I thought I had imagined it. I was…

Fear & Debates

Last week’s ordeal of Mumbai has made fear very real. Suddenly, dates like December 6 have come alive again. I am traveling tomorrow – and with all the threats about possible air strikes, I am quite apprehensive. How does one deal with such things – give in to the fear and cancel plans? Or travel…

Shooting at the icon

These are days of shock and horror. Not just for those of us who reside in the city which has seen incredible mayhem in the last 50 hours, but for the entire nation, even the world. How different it is to drop a bomb and run away, even blow up as a human bomb in…

Bernhard

The Paper cuts blog from NY Times talks about a Panel discussion on the Austrian author Thomas Bernhard. I have read only one book from Bernhard and was immediately struck by the geriatric leanings that Dale Peck mentions in the discussion. I loved the passage quoted by him from Concrete: Even early in my life…

Apology

The first day I landed in Sydney was the illustrious, much emphasized and much talked about “Sorry Day”, an event that was omnipresent in all forms of media that I happened to get exposed to. The day when the state offered a former apology to the indigenous people of Australia for the misconduct towards them…

Indian tour of Australia

I realize that I am in severe danger of being called a negativist if I go through with this post. After all, this blog hardly put in a word of cheer when the Indian team completely bulldozed over Pakistan and defeated them after many (20 was it?) years in an ODI series and razed them…

Booker goes to ‘The Gathering’

Seems like it is the Europeans’ year – After British Doris Lessing won the Nobel for literature, the Booker goes to Ireland for Anne Enright’s The Gathering. According to the bets running prior to the announcement, Ms. Enright was far behind the two major contenders – Jones and Mcewan. But I suppose the Booker is…

The story of the headless chicken

Mike, the headless chicken would be very proud today – for simply the dropping of his name has tumbled a whole country into turmoil. Some name-dropping that is!Well, I am not so much for current affairs, less so when comes to political affairs and agendas. But this one is too interesting to miss. When someone…