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A Grief Observed

August 2016 marks a watershed in my life. My primordial bond was snapped that month. For as long as I live, I know, I’ll divide my life into two phases - with and without Ma, [...]

Safe at 11 pm

A late return home I was at Leiden University yesterday evening. A friend of mine had organized a 3-day Film Festival this week, focussing on Neo-Realist Classics from India, and had invited me to speak [...]

Srishti’s first encounter with snow

Today was Srishti’s first encounter with snow, on her way to school. She didn’t like it! We had been warned of the snow in weather reports earlier in the week. The Dutch welcome it, of course, [...]

To the ‘bahus’ of the world

TO THE ‘BAHUS’ OF THE WORLD Please don’t believe what they show on the ‘saas-bahu’ serials in India – the relationship between the ‘bahus’ (sisters-in-laws) of a joint household need not be all jealousy, hatred, [...]

Rituporno & My Past

When Rituporno Ghosh died suddenly on 30 May 2013, I felt a deep sense of personal loss. I had never known him, never met him, he was not related to me in any way - [...]

My Srishti, My Sunshine

My bond with Srishti predates the womb. She had been a spectral presence in my life long before she was born – through all my years of waiting to be a mother. I’d always wanted [...]

Shakespeare’s talented sister

Every year, on April 23rd, William Shakespeare’s birthday is celebrated by lovers of English literature all across the Anglophone world. Born in Elizabethan England, the ‘Bard of Avon’ remains the world’s most famous dramatist, and [...]

Franziska Tiburtius & Aletta Jacobs: European Women Pioneers in Medicine

From old wives & witches to nurses & doctors In a rare 1975 television Interview, the French feminist icon and author of The Second Sex (1949), Simone de Beauvoir, in trying to give a concrete [...]

My Loving Baba

Distance, they say, lends enchantment to the view. It – the distance of both space and time - also gives fresh perspectives to relationships. Having lived almost a decade away from India and my loved [...]

When the world is white & the tress are bare

When the world is white outside your window, you will have to stand and stare. Especially if you are a creature from the tropics. You may curse the weather in whichever part of the white [...]