Bob Carr and I met such a long time ago that the first time he heard me speak, at a conference in Queensland, was also the first time he heard anyone use the term “blogger.” I remember him more for his description of being part of the Chester A. Arthur Club. Who is that you may ask? Read more
Frits Staal, a Dutch Indologist and Sanskrit scholar, died on February. I read one of his latest books on the Vedas last year. It was a wonderful read, especially in describing the Athirathram, an ancient Vedic ritual that included a construction of a fire altar shaped like a bird.
It is now common for one to find one or two Western interns working in my newspaper’s cubicle farm in New Delhi. Another group of older workers can be found in the management floors. Read more
The remarkable decline of Britain in the average Indians’ consciousness over the past half century is quite dramatic. It is not based on any hostility to Britain. Read more