Monthly Archives: October 2006

The Sign of the Dollar

Since my blessed relocation to the rarefied world of literature, I’ve forgotten to a large extent the flavour of life in a technical institute. One of the constants in this culture is the reading of a Russian Jew from St … Continue reading

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Ei, tere Ma ka…!

Since coming to Delhi I have heard at least three times from different people the following ‘joke’: Q: why does Delhi have so many flyovers? A: Because otherwise people have nowhere to use the four-wheel-drive option on their SUVs. Yes … Continue reading

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Well I'll be Bookered

So I’m in Delhi to thrash out the details of publishing City of Love. As I was getting in to Connaught Place down Kasturba Gandhi Marg, I saw the big scrolling marquee outside the Hindustan Times office: Kiran Desai wins … Continue reading

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Well I’ll be Bookered

So I’m in Delhi to thrash out the details of publishing City of Love. As I was getting in to Connaught Place down Kasturba Gandhi Marg, I saw the big scrolling marquee outside the Hindustan Times office: Kiran Desai wins … Continue reading

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The Joke

This is probably conflict of interest, since I’m now employed by the Other Place, but what the hell, I can’t start repenting at my time of life, I’d never get any work done. So this one’s for tiny black cat. … Continue reading

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A poem about language

Apropos the previous post: In 1995, I was in England, and my niece Sangeeta Basu (who’s older than me) was working in Hyderabad. We met up over the summer, and she told me that once in a while she got … Continue reading

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Another one from the vaults: poetry in India

This is an article I wrote for the Telegraph books page, in 1998. It still has a few relevant things to say about poetry in India, however, so I thought I’d put it up. The peg was the discontinuing of … Continue reading

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