Tag Archives: India

Yakub Memon, A MUSLIM, Was Hanged

As the tamasha of late night court proceedings unfolded, I had a sense of déjà vu. A blood-thirsty nation would have to be satisfied. Yakub Memon must be hanged. He was a conspirator during the Bombay Blasts. He had taken … Continue reading

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How to Eat Beef in Bengal?

We are a family of gastronomic dissidence, almost bordering on anarchy. My mother eats beef but no mutton. My father loves mutton but eats no beef. One of my sisters doesn’t eat any meat, not even fish. Another sister was … Continue reading

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Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence & ‘Cultural Translation’

Salman Rushdie’s novel, The Enchantress of Florence (2008), set in sixteenth century Florence and India, is a tour de force of cross-cultural encounter between the West and the East around the time of the European Renaissance. The novel traverses between … Continue reading

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A Letter to Balasaheb Thackeray

Dear Swargiya Balasaheb, Pranaam! You might think I am trying to make a career out of the death of our celebrities and other such events. It is certainly true that footfalls on my blog significantly increase whenever I write on … Continue reading

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“Child’s Right to Education”: A Skit

[This skit was supposed to be performed as part of an intra-college skit performance on the Foundation Day of Kurseong College (North Bengal University), Darjeeling, in 2006. The students in the English department were supposed to develop a script. When that … Continue reading

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