Moving to Singapore

I have seldom stayed long in a place ever since I left my hometown. Every few years, I pack some stuff into a Suitcase, reach a new place and hope to begin a new life. When it is time to leave (inevitable), I realize my suitcase has grown several folds, and I have to disperse…

The True Deceiver

Some time ago, in my post about the book ‘The Discoverer‘, I mentioned discovering a few good reads in translation through Three Percent’s Annual “Best Translated Book Award”. I have continued to find great reads through this source, be it Confessions of Noa Weber, or Memories of the Future and now this year’s winner –…

Temple of Dawn, Mishima

From time to time, I like to come back to Japanese writing, mostly to float in its ethereal world as against walking the more defined (and often harsh) ground of European writing. Besides, there are times in life when Memento Mori needs to be refreshed , and to do this, Mishima’s words are a good…

Hiroshima Mon Amour

‘In my film, time is shattered‘, says Resnais of his first full-length fictional film Hiroshima Mon Amour. I don’t think this statement is as true of this film as it is of Last year at Marienbad (where time seems to explode and be everywhere), but time does fold on itself in this poignant film of…

A new blog

In the last couple of years, I have begun to enjoy photography more and more. Though I still carry my camera mostly on travel (and thus almost never capture Mumbai through this eye), I have learned a little more than what I knew two years ago when I picked up my first DSLR. Although still…

Placelessness & Traveling

He watches, but what he sees isn’t real to him. Too much traveling and placelessness have put him outside everything, so that history happens elsewhere, it has nothing to do with him. He is only passing through. May be horror is felt more easily from home. This is both a redemption and an affliction, he…

The Austere Communists

“Have you noticed”, she asked the girl, “that the left are always drab? When I was in the Party they thought I was frivolous. They did not trust me because of my dresses.”… …”They dressed like they had no hope. It is capitalism, I told them, that is bleak, not socialism. When there is a…

Roberto BolaƱo: The Last Interview & Other Conversations

I agree with the sentiments expressed by many people – this book would never have been published except to cash in on Bolano’s posthumous popularity. Nevertheless, it brings out a candid Bolano, and some of the interviews are more conversations between writers, and hence enjoyable. The least inspiring conversation in the book is the Last…

A movie on Rings of Saturn

Sebald’s already immortal book Rings of Saturn is being further etched into a visual medium. Grant Gee has made a movie on the book, Patience (After Sebald), which is premiering on January 28th. More on the movie can be seen here. This picture, taken by Grant Gee, seems like a beautiful introduction to the walking…

The Captive Mind

I started reading this book somewhere in April last year, then abandoned it due to travel schedules, and have been reading it amidst different books since last month. A long drawn read sometimes hampers a reading experience, but not when the book has been written with as much clarity as Czeslaw Milosz has accorded the…