Monthly Archives: December 2006

Poem: Customary indifference and a year gone by

It is not customary for me to glance into another’s book. Or so I constantly fool myself. This man, at a bookstore picks up Freud for Beginners, I wonder if mating rituals have changed. I force laughter into small pickle … Continue reading

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Tagged. Five things you may not know about me.

A tag by Rebecca cannot be ignored. Especially if one remembers her kitten eating avatar. So, apparently I have to talk about “five things people don’t know about me”. Now, there are some good reasons why people don’t know many … Continue reading

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Even if we are not bicycles

Irrelevant of one’s significance, one deserves time-off. There is much to write about however. From going to Begum Samroo’s church in Sardhana near Meerut, to the madness at Delhi airport, the real estate wonders in Hyderabad. By the time I … Continue reading

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Once again, Meri and Teri Christmas!

While walking about in Connaught Place, we chanced upon a rather underweight Santa Claus. But there were more along the inner circle. Sitting and conferring. Yesterday, while munching on plum cake, I was briefly reminded of what a confusing mish … Continue reading

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Poem: A sleeping dog and separation

This boy, he says, the street dogs here are bigger than anywhere else. The Mongrel raises his golden, sleepy head. Fly stuck on nostril, the dog’s lazy paw etching circles. Post-prandial, the lovers wish to play. With dogs and distraction. … Continue reading

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Demolishing buildings and creating ruins

It looks like ruins aren’t just remnants of distant history in this city. Real estate isn’t all that prime, because the city runs like quicksilver. So when a building is no longer worth living in, you move on and build … Continue reading

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Delhi: Words, life and tombs

I realized today morning that I woke up brimming with words and wordlessness. For the last month or so, the looming doom of a London winter had made me slightly quiet. Even if it isn’t that cold in London, I … Continue reading

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Delhi thoughtlets

It’s rather easy to forget how glorious Delhi can be in the winters. I had begun to believe that the remembered wonderfulness was mostly a kink of imagination. But yesterday morning, Sunday was sprawled across the lap of Delhi. The … Continue reading

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Global Voices Summit in Delhi

Global Voices Summit in Delhi is going great guns so far. I had loads of fun running around and moderating the discussion on Blogging and Outreach. The conversation is flying about all over the room so I am not really … Continue reading

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Fiction Fragment 4: A burp in the Zenana

The zenanaZenana: Part of the house used exclusively for women. in the house had been converted to a study. In the way that havelisSee entry at Wikipedia. were built hundred and fifty years ago, the zenana catered to the delicate … Continue reading

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Highways, retail stores, Gurgaon and Hyderabad

The pace of change in Delhi leaves one breathless on good days. Last night, traveling from the airport to home, I couldn’t help but wonder how so much had been done on the flyover on the NH8 over the last … Continue reading

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In Hyderabad

In Hyderabad. Despite the languidity of the city, I am very caught up in the art of relaxing. I am reminded of why this city appealed to so many of my senses when I moved here in 2004. What was … Continue reading

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