We, the People of India

A couple of days ago India celebrated its Constitution Day - the day when Indian Constitution was adopted by constituent assemble paving the way for becoming a Republic and for holding the first general elections of the country. India having gained Independence quite late in the timeline of many other democratic countries could take advantage…

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My Sari Story

I come from family where sari was worn every day, my mother and masi were teachers in the University and I stayed in the campus where everyone wore saris to work. Even the school teachers those days wore saris everyday. Salwar-kurta was not the dressing norm till much later in my lifetime. Every year change…

Story of India

I have read all of Amish Tripathi's books and have heard him speak couple of times. So when he announced the release of his new non-fiction book Immortal India, I was very excited as I am fascinated by Indology. But I have figured that I am a tsunduko, my to-be-read list is always longer than…

Origin by Dan Brown

The latest by Dan Brown in his Robert Langdon series Origin has been long time in coming from the time the publishers announced the pre-booking in January. This book like all others in the series follow the similar pattern - Robert Langdon finds himself in a tight place being almost accused of a murder and…

A sojourn on the Ganges

It was a quick short getaway for a much needed break to The Glasshouse on the Ganges - a Neemrana property. Nestled in couple of acres, it is situated right on the banks of gushing river Ganges. It is a comparatively modern property amongst the Neemrana stable and the huge glass windows bring in the…

Of Reading

I am a firm believer of Francis Bacon's analysis on Studies : "Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly." I read almost everything under the sky - fiction, non-fiction, I have dipped my feet in Indology, I have dabbled with biographies and autobiographies as well…

The cacophony of Indian bazaars

Before the air-conditioned malls there were markets, and before these sanitised ubiquitous Galleria/ Defence Colony/ Khan Markets of Indian cities there were traditional Indian bazaars. Some of these bazaars were static in a smaller locality like Vishwanath Gali in Varanasi or Indira Market of Noida and some were moving bazaars called haats which travelled to…

Daughter to Dictator

You can either love her or hate her, but you cannot ignore her - so true for the only woman Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. The new biography on her, written by Sagarika Ghose was released today - I had first read about the book sometime last year and have been wanting to read when…

Timeless reading

It is an annual ritual - the trigger usually is the movie which leads me back to the book! I have read Pride & Prejudice atleast hundred times, and every time I pick it up again it reads like new. Over last few years, I have read it on Kindle or iBooks app, but this…

Ganga – a new perspective 

It was an exhibition on Ganga - the living river at National Museum. Titled Ganga : River of Life & Eternity; this was not just paintings and sculptures on Ganga but a story-telling arty narrative. While I have been familiar with lot of myths and stories around Ganga, it was the coming together of different…