Wakanda forever, lah, beyond the West

Wakanda Forever

TGV is the newer of Miri’s two movie theaters. Past the vendors selling durian and rambutan in the tamu, the stall keepers offering nasi lemak…

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No mere film star!

Word From the Streets of Jayanagar

The arts and culture pages of the day before yesterday’s Hindu newspaper (April 24th 2015) brought back vivid memories of my first visit to India…

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Two facets

Two facets

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been torn between the two irreconcilable halves of my person- Tanisha, my name on every official document,…

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If I really must go shopping

Word from the Streets of Jayanagar

II dislike shopping. That is, I am intolerant of the endless mind-numbing browsing of groaning shelves and sagging racks of items that I can live…

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Morning Raga

Word from the Streets of Jayanagar

Word from the Streets captures Richard Rose’s experience of Bangalore through his many visits.

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The Sensational Life and Death of Qandeel Baloch — Book Review

Book Review

Sameen Borker reviews The Sensational Life & Death of Qandeel Baloch, by Sanam Maher.

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Vendors of Dignity & Cows of Jayanagar

Word from the Streets of Jayanagar

Word from the Streets captures Richard Rose’s experience of Bangalore through his many visits.

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The Best Asian Short Stories 2017

Book Review

Fehmida Zakeer reviews Kitaab’s first anthology of The Best Asian Short Stories.

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(Not Quite) Lost in the Lanes of Jayanagar

Word from the Streets of Jayanagar

Word from the Streets captures Richard Rose’s experience of Bangalore through his many visits.

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THE POWER OF P’s: Philosophy, Puberty, and Pumice

The Power of P's

I  GREW UP  IN MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA IN THE  EARLY 1950’s, when television was  in its infancy (only three channels).   We had a twelve inch…

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Living with Jazz

Living with Jazz

I was painfully aware of my lack of a jazzer’s ear the year I spent playing tenor saxophone in my high school jazz band. I…

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Medea on Prozac

Medea on Prozac

Dyna Kassir’s essay is a collection of speculative thoughts, diverse and scattered but many times blended and regrouped, inspired by the 2008 movie “Slumdog Millionaires” directed by Danny Boyle.

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Crooked Aesthetics

Crooked Aesthetics

It is 2012. My youth group in church does not invite me to a party because they think I am too weird, and that my…

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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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