How The Mehtas Conquered Manhattan, Hindustan Times [Sunday, November 9th, 2014]

There is a rich literature on how the culture of modern cities has been nourished by immigrants from other countries. Books have been written on how American writers (from Ernest Hemingway and Richard Wright on to James Baldwin and Edmund White) did some of their best work in Paris. Other books explain how London was [...]

 
 
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  TWO CHEERS FOR BLASPHEMY, Hindustan Times [Friday, June 29th, 2007]

How one reads the protests by the Governments of Iran and Pakistan at Salman Rushdie being made a knight depends on where one is placed on the political spectrum. Those who incline to the right might dismiss it as yet another illustration of the illiberalism of Islam. On the other hand, some on the left [...]

 
 
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  A SHORT NOTE ON A SHORT ESSAY ON THE SHORT STORY, The Telegraph [Saturday, December 9th, 2006]

The first argument I had with my wife was about literature. We had known each other only a few weeks, but fortunately—in those pre-cable TV, pre-Internet, days—we knew already that boy and girl could find common ground in discussing books and authors. Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children had just appeared, and the lady who was not [...]

 
 
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