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This Thanksgiving: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

"Tell me something about American history," I said, "How does it start?" She said: "How does it start? What do you mean?" "You know... Indian history begins with the Indus Valley civilization, the Mauryas, the Mughals, Independence and so on, five thousand years of history conveniently compressed into ten at school." "Oh I see. I… Continue reading This Thanksgiving: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

Books · World

January in Books

Reading The Odyssey feels like an odyssey. To have to contort my mind to understand Ancient Greek customs, musings about the position of women in Greek life and the strange yet strangely familiar xenos, takes forever. And this was just the Author's Note! It's my excuse to Goodreads as it unhelpfully reminds me that I am… Continue reading January in Books

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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

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Light of My Soul

प्यार में जुनून है पर दोस्ती में सुकून है । Love is passion but friendship is peace. Farewell, remember me in your dua as I depart, Savour the taste of my name on your tongue, Treasure our moments in the vaults of your heart, Cherish my salam in every missive that is sprung. Your darkest nights:… Continue reading Light of My Soul

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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." Vincent had been an art dealer… Continue reading A Self-Portrait in Art and Letters