Verghese Kurien On a Roll

I’m reading Verghese Kurian’s autobiography I too had a dream – an authentic account of his life’s work, as told to Gauri Salvi. The following excerpt from the chapter On a Roll might persuade you to go buy the book. There is nothing wrong in building flyovers in Delhi. What is not fair is when …

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Tragedy of the man not set up for tragedy

[Editor’s Note: I’ve been reading Francine Prose’s Reading like a Writer recently. The subtitle of the book, A guide for people who love books and those who want to write them, gives an indication about why it’s not a book one can read cover to cover without a break. After reading a few chapters, one …

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A sentence from Samuel Johnson’s The Life of Savage

I’ve been reading Francine Prose’s Reading like a Writer recently. The subtitle of the book, A guide for people who love books and those who want to write them, gives an indication about why it’s not a book one can read cover to cover without a break. After reading a few chapters, one begins to …

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Shoshee Chunder Dutt on Patriotism

Heard ye that lofty pealing sound⁠Upon the balmy air,The exulting shout that best proclaims⁠The deeds which heroes dare? In triumph blow their trumpets proud,⁠The clouds repeat their voice;Go, greet the laurell’d victors home,⁠And bid our realms rejoice. Let poets tune their golden harps,⁠Let maidens wear their smile,And young and old their cares lay by,⁠And cease …

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Corbett’s Law of the Jungle

The following excerpt i from Jim Corbett’s My India – story #5 (Law of the Jungles). Two-year old Putali and three-year old Punwa were lost at midday on Friday, and were found by the herdsman at about 5 p.m. on Monday, a matter of seventy-seven hours. I have given a description of the wild life …

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R.K.Narayan’s Coffee Worries

Every now and then, one reads an article, a book or prose and it’s not sufficient merely to shout from the ramparts “Buy/borrow the book and read it! It’s simply awesome!” What does one do in such cases? Well… Reproduce the entire text and then shout from the ramparts: “Read this!” The celebrated Indian novelist …

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Why I’m proud to be a Hindu

Someday (way in the future) I wanted to write this post. The thoughts were clear in the head but there were several more interesting posts queued ahead in my WordPress Drafts folder. During my last business trip, I finally started reading Shashi Tharoor’s India – From Midnight to the Millennium and Beyond. When I read …

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