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The great Indian festival

The great Indian festival

I was once asked to describe a festival. I thought for a while, and then replied, ‘Shopping!’ ‘What? Shopping?’ said this friend and raised a questioning brow. ‘Festivals are all about joy,’ I said, ‘they are as much about sharing as they are about buying. There is a lot of happiness being given and accepted....
Politics

Politics

They peer at me through a lens. They want to confirm if I am who I say I am and imagine that the retina has the final word. Even the technology resting in my hands insists that I trust the lens. They think my face is my fingerprint. As if fingerprints are alive and ready...
Conversations with the loveliest kid on earth

Conversations with the loveliest kid on earth

Conversations worth remembering are not always with nutty professors and snooty CEOs of companies or with shifty politicians and creepy administrators. I’ve had conversations with cities and loved it so much that I started having conversations with every unlikely subject. This included pillows, torn bills in the bin, and paragraphs on moth-eaten pages of a...
Delhi wouldn’t be Delhi if it wasn’t sprinting

Delhi wouldn’t be Delhi if it wasn’t sprinting

Delhi lives in the aspirations of not only those who live in the city but propels even those who come to it from far… and thus over a period of time the city got the best to make it the best. No wonder then that Jan Morris calls Delhi “a soldier’s town, a politician’s town,...
The dance of the hands

The dance of the hands

Hands show the way. Hands can tell what is right. Hands dance in ways that can create or even destroy. Hands bring together all the joys possible. Hands never differentiate between wombs and sperms… it is the mind guiding hands that, under societal pressure, gives out instructions that raises walls and segregates. And then hands...
The many faces of retreat

The many faces of retreat

Someone rightly pointed out that it takes more courage to retreat than to advance. After all, to retreat, in the parlance of generals and commanders is to regroup, rejuvenate, and be ready for another assault. A retreat thus isn’t about forgetting the art of advancing but just another effective method to re-energize, replenish, regroup, and...
The song of the artsy cow

The song of the artsy cow

The song of the artsy cow Some say that getting rid of indoor pollution is a fantasy and exists only in fiction, in movies, in government files, and a zealous mind. I disagree. I’ve been taking a lot of positive steps at home and we are probably as far away from pollution and their side-effects...
There is no space without adventure

There is no space without adventure

My kid is grown-up. He is an architect and stays in London. But at home in Delhi we always have a lot of kids coming in and going out yelling, shouting, playing hide-and-seek, pretending to be imaginary characters, and writing. Writing? Well, yes, I ask them all to sit with their notebooks and pencils and...
Sam Sung and App Le are not in OPPOsition

Sam Sung and App Le are not in OPPOsition

Sam Sung and App Le are dolls that I had brought with me when I had visited Seoul a few years back. They converse with each other and whenever I manage to shut all other ambient noises even I am able to hear snatches of what they are talking about. This morning as I was...
Crooked, winding, lonesome, and dangerous… but also amazing!

Crooked, winding, lonesome, and dangerous… but also amazing!

When I mention crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, and amazing in the same breath, all I mean to tell you is how enthralling it is to walk into and above the clouds. It doesn’t matter which mountain range you’re on. It doesn’t matter which villages are near or far. It doesn’t matter which country you’re in....
A revolution in your pocket

A revolution in your pocket

There have always been a few who have favoured the written word over a photograph and there have existed masses who have discovered a thousand words in every picture. The eye stumbles upon Nietzsche in a photograph… the mind hikes with Mark Twain as it scans a picture… and the smile that one click evokes...
Ravan Reloaded

Ravan Reloaded

Ravan is an interesting character… so what if he exists only in a mythological epic. We celebrate his defeat every year and call it a victory of good over evil. But evil still goes on and good is still busy fighting it… just look at the newspapers or the news on the telly and you’ll...