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 … Continue reading Notes from an Indian highway

Mark a poem that hasn’t broken forth

The Map-Maker - This beautiful poem comes to mind during a conversation. Have grown up reading Daruwalla’s poems during schooldays, as a part of the curriculum. Pity that they didn’t include this gem of a poem about life, living, failures, adventure and setting out again. I have returned to it often. These lines, if one must select … Continue reading Mark a poem that hasn’t broken forth

How to Get Away with Any Kind of Reporting in India

What follows is a response, partly visceral, to NYT's piece How To Get Away With Murder in Small-Town India by its India bureau chief Ellen Barry, this week. It isn't a personal attack on Ellen Barry. The piece is very well written and would hold for me as a sample of impactful writing,  It is also … Continue reading How to Get Away with Any Kind of Reporting in India

Workers of the world can’t unite: May Day in neo-liberal times

Walking with workers on May Day morning was a humbling experience. Workers' unions from various establishments across the state showed up for May Day rally at the Town Hall yesterday. I was also filling up the last of my field trips for masters' thesis. So, this also comes from my field notes. The roads in … Continue reading Workers of the world can’t unite: May Day in neo-liberal times