Identity

From the window of my room I could see the workers in an adjacent plot. Sometimes I heard the clink of metal on metal, or the piercing roar of a drill seeking water, and late in the evening there were voices, laughter even, with a rough edge. The men – there were eight or nine …

Snow

The other day I saw a sketch that showed a girl walking in the woods. Above the trees, tracing the outlines of the highest branches, were three words: WAITING FOR SPRING. I’ve been waiting for spring for a while now. If one was to believe the radio, everyone in this region has been waiting for …

Notes from a recent India trip

1. Arrival At the Bengaluru International Airport everything seems new and shining. The modern interiors, polished and spacious; the immigration officials, courteous and efficient; the H1N1 desk, sophisticated (with high-tech equipment measuring, from a distance, the average temperature of passengers in a queue) and orderly; the exit gate, sparse (no swarm of taxi-wallahs waiting to …

Essays

Media and Society Family Matters (October 2012) Being and Foreignness (December 2011) An Indian in Germany (November 2011) The private and the public (September 2011) Who will it be tomorrow? (March 2011) Responding to poverty (Jan 2005) Two malls and a street (Jan 2005)    Literature and Art Rediscovering India (August 2012) The left hand …

2008 in lists

A summary of the year in lists of notable experiences/events/things:  Books – Fiction – The Reader (Berhnard Schlink) – The Book of Other People (edited by Zadie Smith) – Sea of Poppies (Amitav Ghosh) – The Enchantress of Florence (Salman Rushdie) – The White Tiger (Arvinda Adiga) – Thank you, Jeeves (P.G.Wodehouse) – The Elegance …