THE SPREAD OF THE SALWAR, The Hindu [Sunday, October 24th, 2004]

Among the most curious of the ‘culture shocks’ I have received was while flipping through the pages of the Islamabad telephone directory. I was in the Pakistani capital for an academic seminar; but had arrived a day earlier than scheduled. This was back before the days of email, so I could not inform my host [...]

 
 
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  NIRAD BABU’S NEHRU, The Hindu [Sunday, November 24th, 2002]

On the 8th of September 1951, The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian was published in London. When the book finally arrived in India, several weeks later, the author sent a copy to his literary mentor, Mohitlal Majumdar. Majumdar soon wrote back with his words of appreciation, but then asked: ‘What does Jawaharlal Nehru think of [...]

 
 
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