"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
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
One Hundred Thousand Years Ago... At least six human species inhabited the Earth Today... There is just one. Us.
Delhi By Heart By Raza Rumi Delhi: The Eternal Capital. I have visited Delhi a couple of times, but it still feels like we have unfinished business. There's too much history to cram into a single trip! With a friend's wedding coming up in Delhi this year, I want to take time off to roam… Continue reading 5 Books On My Mind This Week
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
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
2016 is almost long gone but not quite. Cups of hot adrakwali chai accompanied my quest last year to try to read more books from around the world. The more I read, the more I was chagrined at my surprise at finding similarities among people from countries that were not my own. I was often… Continue reading The World in Books, 2016