A University: Kashmir

Exit towards Sir Syed Gate, University of Kashmir University of Kashmir, Sir Syed Gate ‘What brings you to the valley?’, she asks as I stand looking at a board which lists M.Phil scholars, their supervisors and their thesis titles in the English Department. I am intrigued by T N Dhar and M L Pandit’s name [...]

Roundup 2018

In 2018, I slept better. All the way to the 365th night. It was a good, long sleep last night. Even the midnight celebrations in the neighbourhood failed to break it. For the rest, as usual, it seems to be a mixed bag of spectacular failures and successes. This is how it seems to always [...]


Lalbagh 16/11/2018 When the winter breeze begins blowing When the city’s auditoriums fill with plays Under the soft morning light in Lalbagh I sit, reading to the wind A collection of poems in hand Short stories in my bag Giant Silk Cotton Trees, three of them With me, behind the bench I sit Little men [...]

Notes from an Indian highway

Towns and villages along Indian highways that connect major cities are being transformed in ways that will have significant bearing on the growth trajectory of this country. It is in these locations that India is changing perhaps more rapidly. One tends to imagine the metropolis as a site of reading transformation in a society, which [...]

Returning from a ride

04/11/2018 The year is turning soon. From the highways, it was as though South of this country is a glasshouse, separate from the Northern landmass. Days are pleasant here. Sun is soft. October and November are windy and the landscapes appear fluttering like flags in wind. With December, as Brigade Road lights up for Christmas [...]