Monthly Archives: June 2006


Mist rolled over Delhi. Prashant Jha settled back against the cushions of his Mitsubishi Cedia, sunk in a gloom as bitterly unreflective as the haze outside. His parents had been right: they should never have attempted to live here alone, … Continue reading

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Eating it

Sasthi Brata, Confessions of an Indian Woman Eater, [1971] (New Delhi: Penguin 2006) Rs 250. ‘She was one of those “professional” writers who have long given up writing but, because of an overabundance of energy and enthusiasm, are always asked … Continue reading

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Last post for Sushmita

Lieutenant Sushmita Chakraborty has killed herself. No doubt the only reason we have been offered so far will draw patronising derision from her bosses: she hated the ‘girly’ nature of duties assigned to her, which to quote the Telegraph were … Continue reading

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Signal Red reviewed

‘The Culture of Surveillance’ By Sayantan Dasgupta 8th Day (The Sunday Statesman Magazine), 3 July 2005 Gopal Chandran is a scientist. He works for a defence research organisation tucked away in one corner of India. He has been researching Signal … Continue reading

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Ave atque vale…

Ravi Dayal died a few days ago. I’ve been trying to put my thoughts together about him. I met him a few times, in his flat at Sujan Singh Park when I was researching my OUP book, and once in … Continue reading

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Mental Reservations

The other day I visited my old research centre after a long time, and met some of my friends. While I was casually chatting with one of them, she happened to mention that they had had a discussion some while … Continue reading

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Have been thinking about my next book, which will be hardcore techno sci fi, set at least 300 years in the future. Started some of the research for this. But since the Signal Red days, I’ve learned not to get … Continue reading

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