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The Cricketing Traditions of Gandhi’s Kathiawar


The Telegraph

When, in September 1888, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi travelled to London to study law, he was carrying letters of introduction to four people. One was Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji, who also hailed from Kathiawar. Gandhi did not meet Ranji then, nor did the two come across each another in subsequent decades, when one became a major political leader, [...]

By |2013-12-12T11:49:06+00:00November 30th, 2013|Categories: Culture|Tags: , , , |

The Man Who Knew Almost Everything


The Nation

Eric Hobsbwam, Fractured Times: Culture and Society in the Twentieth Century. Little, Brown and Company. 213. Pp xv+319. I first read Eric Hobsbawm as a doctoral student in Kolkata in the 1980s. I started with his books on popular protest, Primitive Rebels (1959) and Bandits (1969), before moving on to his trilogy on the ages, respectively, [...]

By |2014-01-22T15:04:48+00:00November 30th, 2013|Categories: Biography|Tags: , |

Nehru’s Nationalism – and Ours


The Telegraph

One of the books I read as a boy was the autobiography of the mountaineer Tenzing Norgay. I grew up in Dehradun, in a home with fine views of the lower Himalaya. From the nearby hill station of Mussoorie—which we visited often—one could see the great snow peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Bandar Poonch. As [...]

By |2013-11-27T19:48:03+00:00November 16th, 2013|Categories: Politics and Current Affairs, Biography|Tags: , , , |