THE COLOSSUS, The Telegraph [Saturday, January 29th, 2011]

As you come out of the Doe Library of the University of California at Berkeley, and turn right, the road slopes downwards and continues until the west edge of the campus. Beyond, the San Francisco bay is, on a clear day, quite visible. It is an arresting view, best experienced in the early afternoon, when, [...]

 
 
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  AN INSTRUMENT OF THE SELF, The Telegraph [Saturday, July 31st, 2010]

Every year, a music festival is held in Bangalore around Rama Navami. It takes place in Basavanagudi, in the heart of the old City, under a shamiana in the grounds of the Fort High School. The artistes are mostly of the Southern or Carnatic tradition, but occasionally a Hindustani musician is invited to perform. During [...]

 
 
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  THE GOOD INDIAN, The Hindu [Sunday, February 15th, 2009]

One of the forgotten figures of Indian journalism is a man named Syed Abdullah Brelvi. Google ‘SA Brelvi’ (as I just did), and all that comes up is a road carrying that name in south Bombay. The road was so named in a more enlightened age, when Mumbaikars were free, and willing, to praise those [...]

 
 
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  THE EDUCATION OF A PHILISTINE, The Hindu [Sunday, December 5th, 2004]

A British band had come to town, and my eleven-year-old daughter wanted to go hear them sing. I was resistant to the idea. That should have been the end of the matter—it would have when I was growing up—but nowadays the rhetoric of rights has permeated even the process of child-rearing. So we argued, back [...]

 
 
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