On Celebrating Independence Day

A couple of days ago, India celebrated 69 years of Independence from the British. As usual, there were the many articles in print and online about what Independence really means. And, there were various articles on how best to celebrate such Independence. The Prime Minister gave his 2nd Independence Day Red Fort speech in Delhi -- less rousing than last year's and mostly a litany of his government's many goals, initiatives and aspirations. These days, when he deigns to speak to the public, he's still in campaign mode.

a reading life

Marginalia: A Reading Life

The New York Times has this series of interviews, 'By the Book', where they ask famous authors about their reading habits. So, by way of introducing my friends and Indiatopia readers to my reading habits, I am stealing from them (though, I'm adding a bit of my own "masala" to their questions, of course).