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2013-08-15 18:24
Dusk is insidious - it gently eases the hot stifling day into darkness . In the small university town where I am headed , it is the most beautiful time of the day . The terrace of my ho… Read More
2013-08-15 05:53
The first man saw me when I was eighteen . We came to Calcutta to stay at my uncle's house . I was skinny so my aunt fattened me up with mutton and luchis fried to a fine puff , in Dalda ( w… Read More
2013-07-08 16:09
Devapriya Roy's second novel is a polished piece of work with superb delineation of character , entirely plausible  three dimensional characters who are down to earth and are likely to… Read More
The Reluctant Detective -Kiran Manral
2012-01-14 05:09
Kiran Manral scores a bonus with her remarkably well written debut novel “The Reluctant Detective “ – a racy story about Kanan “Kay” , a ditzy overweight shop… Read More
Black And White Wednesday
2011-11-01 18:40
The flurry of activity of little hands on Sandeepa's blog took me to Black and White Wednesday , a photo event that Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook runs every Wednesday .Therefore apart… Read More
2011-09-23 20:07
It is still dark when the alarm rings . Her heart is thudding - as if she has run a mile or had had a panic attack - an ominous shadow gathering momentum ,bound to hit her sometime later in… Read More
2011-08-21 06:20
In January 1971 , listening to the radio on a Sunday morning I intercepted a frantic conversation between a woman in erstwhile East Pakistan and her husband who was out of the country . The… Read More
2010-10-23 17:39
After the maddening frenzy and exhilaration of Durga Pujo comes a lassitude and silence that is unnerving . Images remain . Of the next door maid's two children decked out in what is probabl… Read More
In Mumbai
2010-08-29 06:04
In Mumbai the colours of the sky are reflected in the angry gun metal of the sea as they crash against the buttresses . The sea around Haji Ali which normally sparkles iridescent with light… Read More
A Chicken By Any Other Name - I
2010-08-27 02:23
Cooking chicken is pretty boring . Washing the pieces if you have bought it fresh takes the mickey out of me and by the time I have graduated to cooking it I have lost all interest and bunge… Read More
Of Mists, Vada Pao And A Walk In The Clouds
2010-08-05 18:41
In the beginning there was the rain. The railway bridge over the Thane Creek connecting Vashi with the rest of Mumbai was draped in mists and rain . And through that grey haze so reminiscent… Read More
2010-07-21 01:58
This is for the Tulika Blogathon 4 .When we were small there were these six page books of "chhoras"or rhymes printed by a Bengali publisher . There were 3 or 4 volumes and they had a rhyme a… Read More
2010-07-18 03:37
On the morning of the wedding , the fish seller brought the fish .Over 6 kilos on weight it was fat and full , glistening black graduating to a silver pink towards the belly .Using sindoor… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
My sister commented that it makes her uneasy - this neither summer nor winter phase .The sun is hot during the day but with a dry cool crisp underlay , the evenings are cool and breezy and a… Read More
2006-06-07 11:16
At dawn  , there is a gentle Northerly breeze which blows in as I open the windows in the dining room . The sun is barely there - a pale golden wash in the dawn sky .Two houses down the… Read More

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