Category Archives: Criticism

David B

We had a fabulous chat with David B on Tuesday, with fit audience though few including many of the Drighanchoo team. David B is his pen name: he was born Pierre-Francois Beauchard, but in a series of significant steps changed … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Savita Bhabhi

I know my blog has been rather boring of late. Just to spice things up a bit, here is a post on Savita Bhabhi. Enjoy! Dearest Savita Bhabhi, My most respected bhabhiji, I am writing to say that I miss … Continue reading

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Jai Bajrangbali

One can tell the BJP has got over its sulks. At the risk of being deluged with hate mail, may I point out that there is a pattern to be seen in the recent events in Orissa, the posturings that … Continue reading

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Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

This is based on a piece I wrote for a conference on the Muse in Indian literature, orgainsed by the Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, who have very kindly agreed to let me put this version up here. ***** … Continue reading

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And Then Silence

It’s now two whole days since the awards ceremony concluded. There has been total silence from the press, with not even a routine parroting of official press releases. As Supriyadi comments on the preceding post, so far it’s only my … Continue reading

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Crossword has confirmed the shortlist and sent me the link to it, but unfortunately this appears to be an orphaned page and there don’t seem to be any links to it from Crossword’s homepage, or at least I couldn’t discover … Continue reading

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Images of Durga by Ranjan Das

Continuing the thread of works by artist friends, here are some greetings cards made by a fellow karateka, Ranjan Das. I have more artwork by him, but most of it’s too large to scan. He says he has lots more … Continue reading

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