Stray Thoughts / Musings

Stray Thoughts / Musings

Mr. Putter & Tabby

Children’s literature always has this effect of clearing and refreshing my mind, opening it up for subsequent expansion. Minnie, my daughter was then 6 years old and going to the American International School in Dhaka. Ananya (my wife) would visit the school library and together with…

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Letters from Kampala – II

A mental transformation: Anything said about India is true, just as the exact opposite is also equally true. Just as we find extreme material ugliness in India, we encounter staggering material beauty co-existing side by side. What has always intrigued me about my country is…

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Devi Durga, the Goddess

India, Nepal and Bangladesh are probably the only countries in the world where widespread worship of the ancient Goddess (and other female divinities) continues till date – an unbroken tradition that may be traced way back to the Indus Valley Civilization, five thousand years back….

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84 Charing Cross Road

Just watched this AMAZING movie starring Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins and I had to share it with my friends, particularly those who share a passion for reading and for books with me. I had ordered it over Amazon and a colleague from London got…

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Lao Lalonas / Lao Lovelies

One of the mandatory things that many expatriates do once in Laos is to visit one of the fancier studios, get dressed in the traditional Lao costumes (with all the accessories and accoutrements) and get themselves photographed. True to this expatriate tradition, Nina and Minnie…