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  • Missing the Gauls

    21-06-2014 00:08:00

    There was always something comical about UPA, much like those Gauls we know

  • The scorched earth

    25-04-2014 23:38:00

    If the south-west monsoon weakens, India beyond the Western Ghats will run even drier

  • Loss and found

    12-04-2014 00:08:00

    The Snow Leopard is not a long book, but Matthiessen's talent makes it extraordinarily nourishing

  • Ganging up

    29-03-2014 00:11:00

    Leaving the newspaper office hasn't safeguarded my bookshelf space. It used to be the case that a dozen books or more were added to the home collection every month - most of them complimentary copies of new titles sent by publishers "for favour of ...

  • Smarty hands

    14-03-2014 21:28:00

    Working from home is a hellish business. There are some conveniences of course - I can make myself filter coffee whenever I want a thought break, the toilet is five, not 63 steps, from my desk, there is natural and not tube light - but the truth is ...

  • Customs build

    07-02-2014 21:28:00

    A book by the late Eric Sloane, a writer and illustrator, shows how a family built everything they needed

  • Change from the heart

    24-01-2014 21:38:00

    My most fashionable friend dumped her handbag on my dining table and announced in wonderment, "I passed a Starbucks in Punjabi Bagh!" Sounds innocuous; actually remarkable. A canny observer, she meant to say that West Delhi - new-rich, but to ...

  • Get back in line

    03-01-2014 21:38:00

    A bemufflered Kejriwal declared that he had no time to read any books in 2013

  • Where there be monsters

    20-12-2013 21:38:00

    With her fantastic crest of curlers on, and her hair still damp from the shower, my grandmother is known at home as the Sea Monster. She chuckles when she hears this, so plainly she is a kindhearted monster. And a decorative sort of monster, the ...

  • Editor ahead

    06-12-2013 21:39:00

    Publishing is a temperate profession, on the whole. The highs are not pinnacles, the lows are not chasms. Even so, I imagine the mass of commissioning editors in the larger houses - to borrow from Thoreau - lead lives of quiet desperation.Why? Well, ...

  • Here today, more tomorrow

    22-11-2013 21:37:00

    Early in the post-Clinton era, I asked a librarian at the American Center in Mumbai why the number of books on the library shelves was shrinking. "Young man," this stupid person said with a knowledgeable air, "everything is online now. Sit with me ...

  • What the shoes show

    08-11-2013 21:38:00

    If you want to buy a pair of shoes online - now you can. Shoes, where one size does not fit all, and which a computer screen can never represent in the necessary touch-and-feel 3D. It's the same for a sweater, for jeans, a hat or earrings, all ...

  • Inner business

    18-10-2013 21:38:00

    Old-school businesspeople and trial lawyers have the advantage of Sherlock Holmes, I've long believed. They can weigh and measure a person very accurately just by observing him. Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional 19th-century detective, had a ...

  • Rrishi Raote: It is what it is

    27-09-2013 22:46:00

    Architectural heritage does not exist so that we can practise lost building techniques, employ locals, or decorate a park. It exists because it meant something when it was made, to people who were not