Prelude to a riot

India today is a nation of frayed seams. Prelude to a Riot tells the story of one such unraveling in a small Southern town with the help of two families – one Hindu and one Muslim. Written as soliloquies, across three generations, it provides an insight into the thoughts of different actors, and how theContinue reading “Prelude to a riot”

Some Green Humour with Rohan Chakravarty

He’s no Pangolin, but just might be a shape-shifter. Each week, he changes stripes to teach some wildlife basics, call out the world governments and give voice to ecological concerns on Green Humour, his much-acclaimed cartoon strip. Mr Prakash Javadekar as the environment minister is a recurring visitor but the potshots aren’t limited to him.Continue reading “Some Green Humour with Rohan Chakravarty”

Sunshine

Summers begin withraw mango curries,jackfruit, cashew kernels,and ice applesbut it isn’t until I’ve hada bite of the Alphonsothat the nostalgia takes holdtransporting me to the verandawith the whitewashed walls.To the farm kilometers awaywhere the mangoes are still out of reachthe lone cashew, once a jump awayHas grown like an unruly teenager,drooping at the shouldersThere isContinue reading “Sunshine”

On Beauty & The Goat Thief

The Goat thief by Perumal Murugan: This collection of short stories from the Tamilian writer takes you into the villages, where both the children and adults make a beeline for the well, hoping to escape into its depth every chance they get. There’s the consternation of the housewife who doesn’t know what to do withContinue reading “On Beauty & The Goat Thief”

The Adivasi will not dance

For all its diversity, India bundles up many issues under the hood. In Gujarat, an officer’s family has to contend with giving up meat. The endeavour involves making weekly trips to relatives to eat their daily staple of fish and eggs, only to find nuance in vegetarian items before circling back to cooking surreptitiously atContinue reading “The Adivasi will not dance”