I love travelling by train. But, train journeys across India, especially in a general sleeper class compartment are not for the light hearted. There’s the crowd, the fights, the hawkers, the blaring music on acoustically challenged Chinese phones, the lack of space to keep your luggage, then the fear that the luggage might get stolen,… Continue reading North East Diary: The train journey
Late post as usual. This one is from June 2017. The monsoons are passing the Andamans; so excited about their arrival! This picture was taken on a hike last year after Anpya convinced me that the tank has no crocodiles anymore. (haha) Drenched and freezing we roamed the precincts of the Fort occasionally pausing… Continue reading Monsoons
The book is most wonderful in its treatment of the characters. Perhaps, this takes the focus away from Mastani. My biggest gripe with the book is that it left me with an insufficient understanding of her. But it made me fall for Bajirao.
19 MLAs were suspended for shouting slogans demanding loan waivers for farmers during presentation of the budget in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly recently. Legislators earlier had also submitted a breach of privilege notice against State Bank of India Chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya for her comments cautioning against such a policy. The Maharashtra Legislature has been held… Continue reading Should governments waive farm loans: the Maharashtra case study
Originally published: June 23rd, 2014 The current controversy raging over the Central Government’s directive on the use of Hindi reminded me of an incident that occurred when I was an exchange student in the US. At a huge gathering of exchange students, I ran into a fellow Indian and not knowing what state she was… Continue reading languages
Originally published: April 16, 2014 I won’t be making it to Pune to vote for the elections. We are at the cusp of such an important moment in India’s history, and I won’t be participating in it! Urging everyone to vote then, is as much a form of atonement for being an irresponsible citizen as… Continue reading Whom will you vote for?
OK, time for a confession. I don’t get Delhi. The popular culture of this city is the epitome of Indian kitsch.