THE ONES WHO STAYED BEHIND, Economic and Political Weekly [Saturday, March 22nd, 2003]

This essay is inspired, or more accurately perhaps provoked, by an invitation to participate in a cross-cultural symposium on ‘New Trends in South Asian Studies’. The symposium’s organizers suggested that while ‘Europe has long developed research traditions and produced much scholarly work on Asia’, it was ‘only in the last two decades that an increased [...]

 
 
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  CRICKET ON THE VELD, The Hindu [Sunday, March 2nd, 2003]

There is a cricket World Cup now in South Africa, and watching the tournament on TV shall doubtless take me back to the one time I did visit the country. That was back in October 1997. Apartheid had recently been vanquished, and the greatest man the world has known since Mahatma Gandhi was in power. [...]

 
 
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  CRICKET ON THE VELD, The Hindu [Sunday, March 2nd, 2003]

There is a cricket World Cup now in South Africa, and watching the tournament on TV shall doubtless take me back to the one time I did visit the country. That was back in October 1997. Apartheid had recently been vanquished, and the greatest man the world has known since Mahatma Gandhi was in power. [...]

 
 
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  THE MUSIC OF INDIA, The Hindu [Sunday, January 5th, 2003]

I come from what, even by Indian standards, is a very large family. Counting only close relatives—parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, first cousins—they number in the region of fifty. While I was growing up, of this vast brood only one member ever willingly listened to a piece of music. I would have remained a music-illiterate myself, [...]

 
 
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