Remembering Bargemusic – A Love Story

Remembering Bargemusic – A Love Story

I wrote this piece in 1996, in the early years of Bargemusic, before its full flourishing and when it was still possible to get a…

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A Series of Backhanded Compliments

A Series of Backhanded Compliments

“Before I met you, south Indian people made me cringe.” Just as my roommate uttered one of her most ignorant remarks to date, I bit…

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Stairs to the Sundial

Stairs to the Sundial

(Poetry Collection ‘Available Light’ by CP Surendran – A Review)   With ‘Available Light’, CP Surendran unleashes on us, verses set to the eternal ticks…

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#DoGoodForBlaze

#DoGoodForBlaze

I did not know Blaze Bernstein personally until this morning. Yet, this morning, when I belatedly came to know of his untimely death, I could…

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BLOODLINE

BLOODLINE

I picked Washington Square1 from a low shelf in my parents’ living room, having courted the idea for a while, as the book looked pretty. I…

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The Thing about Mumbai Locals

The Thing about Mumbai Locals

Every morning I wake up at 8 am. I get dressed, wear my expensive tie and shiny watch. Then I roll my sleeves and walk…

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From Samuel Goldwyn to Andrea Arnold: the transformation of Heathcliff’s filmic identity

From Samuel Goldwyn to Andrea Arnold: the transformation of Heathcliff’s filmic identity

Emily Bronte’s Heathcliff is ‘a Lascar’ and a ‘dark-skinned gipsy in aspect’. With the arrival of Heathcliff, the idea associated with him is that of…

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Leonardo Da Vinci: The New Biography

Leonardo Da Vinci: The New Biography

Suhail Rasheed shares his experience of reading Leonardo Da Vinci’s new biography by Walter Isaacson

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Teaching the Harlem Renaissance

Teaching the Harlem Renaissance

I Skyped with four eighth graders seated in someone’s living room while someone’s grandma puttered around in the background, obviously eavesdropping on our chat about…

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What They (Don’t) See

What They (Don’t) See

Starting in level 1, we began getting evaluations each spring. They checked boxes to indicate our progress in four categories, and now I can’t remember…

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King and Queen of the Weekend: The Glorious Revisionism of Lorde’s Melodrama

King and Queen of the Weekend: The Glorious Revisionism of Lorde’s Melodrama

In 2013, Pure Heroine burst into pop culture with a precocious “Royals” that was more acutely aware of the limitations of adolescence and the humility…

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Accidental Landlord

Accidental Landlord

Enticed by stories of people who were flipping houses and making piles of money, I bought a run-down house on Montrose Avenue in spring 2006….

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ZAYDE

ZAYDE

  My grandfather had died. I was four years old. I rested my elbows on my mother’s knees and gazed up at the strange men….

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Temple of Irreverence

Temple of Irreverence

I am neither religious nor especially spiritual nor convinced that God exists. Jewish by background, I am secular in practice. And while I appreciate the…

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An interview with Shailaja Padindala

An interview with Shailaja Padindala

The short film ‘Memories of a Machine’ was screened on 15th Oct, 2016 at the Seattle South Asian Film Festival. Written and directed by Shailaja Padindala,…

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