Category Archives: Miscellaneous Notes

Musings: Art, Insight, Perspective

Brief thoughts about art and its social function that took shape on reading Banksy and the Problem With Sarcastic Art, an article in The New York Times Magazine by Dan Brooks. Questions of what constitutes good or bad art, whether art … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature, Movies, Writing, and Blogging: The Romance of Unfinished Blog Posts and Suchlike Paraphernalia

The time is just ripe to abandon all semblances of modesty and humility and talk about a subject that has, over the almost two years that I’ve been blogging and the cumulative half a year I’ve been down with—what I … Continue reading

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Notes on Movies: The Film Club: An Imaginary Review à la Borges

I haven’t read The Film Club. Just browsed through it during my last visit to the bookshop. The first paragraph is fact. The second paragraph is mostly about what I think the book should be like. Rather, it’s about what … 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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Notes on Music: Anil Srinivasan in conversation with Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman

He calls himself an “Ultramodern Core Traditionalist” and is knowledgeable about everything from the philosophy of music to the science, mathematics, engineering, and metaphysics of the mridangam. He is, the legendary mridangist, Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman and he was in conversation with … Continue reading

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Notes on Music: Anil Srinivasan in conversation with Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam

Let me say at the outset that I don’t possess any kind of training in either Western or Indian Classical music. I’ve been smitten, however, by Western Classical music ever since I attended a concert in Japan almost 17 years back and over … Continue reading

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Miscellaneous Non-Fiction Notes: A Flummery of Food

I picked up this delightful and delectable little book from the Landmark bookstore during one of their yearly sales. And what a find! Compiled and introduced by the late Andre Simon, A Flummery of Food is a collection of great writings, … Continue reading

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