Books

Midnight’s Children

Padma - our plump Padma - is sulking magnificently. (She can't read and, like all fish-lovers, dislikes other people knowing anything she doesn't. Padma: strong, jolly, a consolation for my last days. But definitely a bitch-in-the-manger.) She attempts to cajole me from my desk: 'Eat, na, food is spoiling.' I remain stubbornly hunched over paper.… Continue reading Midnight’s Children

Books · World

Books 2017 – Pages From History

Last year I tried reading books from countries around the world - The World in Books. It made me realize how little I knew of the world; most importantly how similar our human stories were. L.P. Hartley said, "The past is like a foreign country: they do things differently there". Douglas Adams describing time travel in… Continue reading Books 2017 – Pages From History

Art · Books · World

A Self-Portrait in Art and Letters

"In the morning it was so beautiful on the road to Turnham Green - the chestnut trees and the clear blue sky and the morning sun mirrored in the water of the Thames; the grass was sparkling green and one heard the sound of church bells all around." https://uploads2.wikiart.org/images/vincent-van-gogh/churches-at-petersham-and-turnham-green(1).jpg Vincent had been an art dealer… Continue reading A Self-Portrait in Art and Letters

Books

Land of the Seven Rivers

"A Brief History of India's Geography" proclaims the strapline, which was why I picked the book during my usual travel tradition of stocking up for a long flight at the airport bookstore. How much do natural elements such as terrain or weather inform the evolution of a civilization? Prisoners of Geography tackles this question head-on while Seven Rivers uses it… Continue reading Land of the Seven Rivers