I’ve got it. The little black mark on my finger that proudly proclaims I’m a Good Citizen because I cast my vote. (Or, as I’ve seen relentlessly in all newspapers over the last few days, the one I work for included, ‘caste’ my vote. Which, given the propensity of our political parties for vote banks, may actually be the mot juste.) Read more
(*Since I can’t use bad words on this blog)
The thing with TV is I don’t watch it unless I’m struggling with a book. (I’m very grim when I read. Once I’ve started a book, I HAVE to finish it whether I like it or not. So when I don’t like it, I distract myself with TV.) Read more
I’ve just started reading The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction and I have to say I’m having a really good time.
So far, I’ve read a very far-fetched but still gripping detective story, a murder story with a twist and a story about reincarnation. What I’m going to read next I don’t know, because with anthologies and collections, I don’t begin at the beginning and go on to the end. I close my eyes, open the book at random, and read whichever story or essay the book opened into. Read more
When Vijay Jung Thapa, the man who had the brilliant idea of getting us to start blogging, told me my subject would be rants, I was quite pleased. Because rants are easy. You simply canNOT run out of things to rant about. Or at least, I can’t. (For instance, as I write this, there are at least six separate rants running through my head, ranging from the horror of intolerance, which is something that is always on my mind, to what I dearly want to say to my colleagues at Brunch for selling me down the river – the rats! – to Vijay Jung Thapa and forcing me to blog in the first place.) Read more
One of the happiest things about being a journalist is the opportunities you get to travel. Not necessarily only to remote parts of the country to uncover yet more sick-making and / or (and this does seem to be growing, glory be!) hope-creating situations, but also to places around the world merely to write travelogues. Read more