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The Devilís Wind, Nana Sahebís Story
Friday, 03 August 2007

Nana-SahebThe Devil’s Wind, Nana Saheb’s Story, Events in the Indian Mutiny of 1857 - A  novel by Manohar Malgaonkar

Bundele harbalo ke mooh, hamne suni kahani thi,
Khub ladi mardani, who tho Jhansi wali rani thi.

I have heard from the gypsies and folk singers that it was only the Rani of Jhansi who fought valiantly the British till the last like a man.

Aparna Sen's 15 Park Avenue
Wednesday, 06 June 2007

aparna-senA study in Schizophrenia, Epilepsy and Extrasensory perception

"When I use a word,
Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone,
it means just what I choose it to mean
- nothing more nor less."
– Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

15 Park Avenue is a milestone in Indian cinema in the English Language. Aparna Sen, actor, director and a poet makes this film for an intelligentsia who has to dare to question the conventional therapy laid down in the treatment of a mentally handicapped and how much sane we might be at the present moment.

James Hilton's Lost Horizon
Wednesday, 06 June 2007

lost-horizonThe Search for Shangri-La
It was the year 1975. My uncle, a biochemist at Armed Forces Medical College, Pune presented my mother this book, a book which has been his favorite since its publication.

Lost Horizon written by James Hilton was published in 1933. After reading the book; I had asked my uncle, the reasons for it being so special. He looked into my eyes and said ‘I believe in Shangri – La, It does exist.’

Anita Desaiís Scholar and Gypsy
Wednesday, 06 June 2007

scholar-and-gypsyMortal Remains of an Indian Conscience
It was at a Sunday flea market on the beach front in East London, South Africa that I came across Anita Desai’s book of short stories, Scholar and Gypsy. My good friend Rob has a book shop every weekend in this market. He collects military medals and wears a Gurkha Regimental hat.

Rob is well known for his collection of rare items, books, medals, coins and other exotic memorabilia. He knows about my great interest in Indian writings in English during the colonial and post colonial period and always keeps a stack of books for me.