Monthly Archives: March 2007

Poem: Love across the longitudes

It’s morning for me, and night for you. Or sometimes, the other way round. I am bursting into song, morning exploding through the windows. You, are driven into the traps of your longitude. It’s night for you. I wonder, now, … Continue reading

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My sneakers smell worse than yours! There!

You call those rotten? Thirteen-year-old Katharine Tuck’s sneakers smell as bad as they look. Now, at least, the Utah seventh-grader can afford some new ones. On Tuesday, she out-ranked six other children to win $2,500 in the 32nd annual National … Continue reading

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Kishore Kumar, an interview from 1985

We’re back in a retro mood. There are these rare spaces in each week, when existential questions are put aside without any effort. There’s this interview that Pritish Nandy did with Kishore Kumar that’s a complete gem. It’s a little … Continue reading

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Remember INXS?

I’ve heard this song more than a few times over and over. I used to like INXS at one point in time, but somewhere they went so pulpy and unrecognizable with all the face change that the band slipped through … Continue reading

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Poem: Her solitary wish tonight

Nine years ago, my friend, a little taller than me, with nice thick, curly hair and I, stood in front of the air cooler. We were singing. Our some- what hormone tinged chords, distorted by the gust of air. Half … Continue reading

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Links for 2007-03-26

Adverts in a 1959 Railway Timetable. Lovely adverts in a Pakistani Railway Timetable published in 1959. Rustam Bicycle, Tibet Toothpaste and Toilet Soap, West End Watch Co., Bombay Cloth House and other delightful things! (tags: history pakistan media advertising)

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Remembering Maya Bazar

One of the regrets I have is not knowing Telugu. Caranatic Music becomes all the more incomprehensible because so many of the songs are in Telugu. As a child, I was fascinated when my mother conversed in the language with … Continue reading

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Poem: All you hurters

“You are Yin, I am Yang. Today, we are Chinese.”. I nod. We’ll wear the curtains as kimono. You call me a fool, and said only the Japanese wore kimono. We are lying next to each other, too young, our … Continue reading

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Podcast: Bearhug by Michael Ondaatje

I spent some time today reading Michael Ondaatje. Ondaatje is probably better known for his book, The English Patient. But far better than his prose, is his poetry. Filled with the minutiae of relationships and gestures. I felt like reading … Continue reading

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Why bother?

Aaargh! Is there a name for this?

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Fiction Fragment: Stalking for Beginners

She hums the word inside her mouth. Adultery. It’s a strange word. The tongue races about in the mouth. Adultery. Adult Tree. Is there a Child Tree then? She was always vulnerable to obsessions. It gave meaning to her restlessness. … Continue reading

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In which the Indian Cops trace your IP

In some supremely air-conditioned room, cops will sit on their computers, logging into Orkut. They will then meticulously wade through all the offers of “fraandship”, “oye, sexy pic you got” and what not to track down the very bored people … Continue reading

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