Traveling With Tagore, Penguin Classics [Wednesday, April 15th, 2015]

Rammohan Roy was able to assimilate the ideals of Europe so completely because he was not overwhelmed by them; there was no poverty or weakness on his side. He had ground of his own on which he could take his stand and where he could secure his acquisitions. The true wealth of India was not [...]

 
 
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  In The Presence of Greatness, The Telegraph [Saturday, January 25th, 2014]

Two friends recently praised me for my ‘bravery’: one when I suggested that the Congress should look beyond the dynasty; another when I called Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri stooges of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. In truth, both were rather ordinary and obvious things to say, requiring neither special knowledge nor [...]

 
 
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  SEARCHING FOR CHARLIE, The Telegraph [Saturday, February 28th, 2009]

It was on on my last trip to Kolkata that I went searching for the grave of Charlie Andrews. A friend had told me that it was in a cemetery on Lower Circular Road. I decided to walk there from my hotel in Park Street. Fortunately, it was winter, so the weather was (relatively) mild. [...]

 
 
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