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…

Celebrating the Goddess Within

Today and yesterday, in almost all Hindu households girl child is worshipped as Kanjak. An even bigger irony is that these very households curb the independent thinking, behaviour and movement of these girls as they grow into women. As a daughter, sister,  wife and then mother the society shackles them in the disguise of tradition…

To GaanaSaraswatee 

The obituaries and eulogies on social media for Kishori Amonkar is what I woke to this morning. And I remembered a recent debate as the year 2017 began with few people on Facebook. A recent  convert to Hindustani Classical Music, I could not enjoy listening to her in the last decade, which baffled most of…

Residences of Lutyens Delhi

For the last six months, my daily commute has been from Noida to Gurgaon and back for work. In the initial month, I tried all various route options to reduce time or atleast keep moving instead of being stranded on traffic-jammed road. I finally decided on a route that goes via Lutyens Delhi for a…

Rang de Basanti

"If winter comes, can Spring be far behind?" That's so true ... Albeit with a barely there winter season, Basant Panchami seems to be early this year. This day officially marks the beginning of a brief spring season in India. Basant Panchami has special significance for people of BHU, the day celebrates the anniversary of…

26 January

With a 50 km commute from home to office (give or take 2-3 kms depending on the route), it's a usual practice for me to check Google maps to decide the route. This morning, as usual I checked the map and it showed massive jam on DND towards Delhi and the alternative route via Mayur…

Lesson on what not to do

Airlines industry needs a regulator. Period. A regulator beyond air safety and training guidelines. A regulator which protects the rights of customers. While over the years, I have experienced inefficiencies by most of the airlines on not-so-vip sectors, I feel that the taken-for-granted attitude of airlines is increasing day by day. One such instance -…

Poppa to sisters. ..

When your Mamaji is more than half a century older to you, there aren't many conversations or events that one remembers. The memories are of short fleeting visits when he came to meet my Grandmother or of few family functions that I was part of. I do remember him attending my sister's mundan ceremony and…