There was always something comical about UPA, much like those Gauls we know
If the south-west monsoon weakens, India beyond the Western Ghats will run even drier
The Snow Leopard is not a long book, but Matthiessen's talent makes it extraordinarily nourishing
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 ...
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 ...
A book by the late Eric Sloane, a writer and illustrator, shows how a family built everything they needed
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 ...
A bemufflered Kejriwal declared that he had no time to read any books in 2013
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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