Category Archives: Reminiscences

Umberto Eco (Naturally, a Manuscript)

“… he must, must write a sequel,” wrote Pradeep Sebastian about Umberto Eco and The Name of the Rose. Now, alas, he never will. My own enthusiasm for Eco’s work has cooled over the years, yet I couldn’t have been more excited … Continue reading

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Musings and Reminiscences: I Remember

This post is inspired by Joe Brainard’s “enchanting” (in Michael Dirda’s words) memoir “I Remember.” Shamelessly derivative as this exercise seemed, I could nevertheless not resist the temptation to try it out. I might do it again. I remember my … Continue reading

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Links and Quotes: Reading and Rereading

My tastes as a reader have largely been shaped by The Hindu Literary Review, a monthly literary supplement of The Hindu. Of its many perceptive voices over the years, Pradeep Sebastian’s has been the one that has consistently conveyed, with … Continue reading

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Notes and Musings on Literature and Movies: A Cosmic Shift

At one point of time, in awe of majestic cosmic questions, I scoffed at the mundane everyday world of easy familiarity, routines, and relationships. How, I wondered, could the trivial details of human existence and its everyday mechanics be even … Continue reading

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Movie Review: The King’s Speech

2001. An 11th grader stands in front of his class. In his hands he holds a piece of paper from which he is supposed to read out a hand written essay on Achilles. Try hard as he may, not a … Continue reading

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Musings and Reminiscences: Deeply Saddened

Yesterday I came to know, via Prof. Abinandanan’s blog post, that theoretical physicist Rahul Basu of The Institute of Mathematical Sciences has passed away. I’ve never met Rahul in person and my relationship with him was limited to that of a quiet follower … Continue reading

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Musings and Reminiscences: An Outsider Forever?

When in 2001, like thousands of other students goaded by crazy parents, I shifted from a ‘CBSE school’ to a ‘State-Board school’, I had to take an entrance test. As part of the process, I was asked to write an essay on the … Continue reading

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