It was just two days after terrorists massacred 20 people at the Holey Artisan Bakery and Restaurant in the Dhaka neighbourhood where I live. Among those killed were three young students, alumni of the school where my daughter studies. I was at the time in the U.S. on vacation with my family, but the event was still too close to […]
I do not have pleasant memories of my visits to the popular temples of Puri and Palani. I was jostled by unruly crowds and hustled by avaricious touts peddling special sightings of the Lord in exchange for a few rupees.
We gaze at the Monolith, a tower made of human bodies, naked limbs and hair, entwined with each other, reaching for the heavens. It is 46 feet tall and carved out of a single stone, perhaps an ode to the noble, existential struggle of all humankind. There are more sculptures set on blocks of stone, […]
I am relaxing on my couch watching ‘The Intern’ on DVD. Robert De Niro, plays the eternally affable Ben Whitaker who joins About the Fit, an internet start-up as The Intern. He is 70, his boss Jules Ostin, played by a stylish but stressed Anne Hathaway is a 30 something woman.
Ben is escorting his employer’s […]
My article on the National Geographic Traveller website can be read here.
Dhaka Lit Fest: Personifying dissent in a world of terror
Nirupama Subramanian, Hindustan Times, 20th December 2015
Poet Arvind Krishna Mehrotra and writer Amit Chaudhuri at the Dhaka literature festival (right). (Rajesh Ramakrishnan/HT Photo)
On November 18, a day before the Dhaka Lit Fest, the Jamaat-e-Islami called for a countrywide hartal protesting a Supreme Court verdict that upheld […]
Where is the end of the world? Is it in the deepest floor of a great blue ocean, or the highest tip of a bare, bleached mountain ? Is it at that taut line where the sky kisses the earth and the eyes can see no further? Or is it the dark point at the […]