Remembering Myself, Travestying Time…and Phonying towards Perfection



Quote #97

There is a difference between the South and the North on five points. We shall describe the practices of the South: to eat with a person not having received Brahmanical initiation; to eat with one’s wife; to eat food prepared the previous day; to marry the daughter of the maternal uncle or paternal aunt. And for the North: to sell wool; to drink spirits; to traffic in animals with two rows of teeth; to take up the profession of arms; to make sea voyages.

Baudhāyana (c. 800 BCE) on the Brahmins of northern and southern India. Qtd. in A K Ramanujan’s “Is there an Indian way of thinking?”


Sketch – 052


Film actor and classical dancer Shobhana. Done with 8B, 7B, 6B, 4B, HB graphite pencils and a spot of black ink on Bustro A4 paper. Took around 6 hours to finish.

Monsoon Sights 001


From Shreyas Folk Museum premises, Ahmedabad. Edited for effects.

The peacock (look closer if you haven’t spotted him in the photo) seemed to love posing for the cameras. I wished I had a better camera to capture the serene majesty of the bird atop the brightly flowered tree. But I had to make do with an 8mp mobile camera and a photo editor.



A view from a train. A chapped, sun-dried terrain, yet amidst the rock bed of some non-existent river, the promising black-blue depths of water  …

(As a rule, I never use ellipses. However my poetry here, in case you didn’t notice, has surprised me so much, I must make an exception.)

“the cause of the pot”

Fifthly, unnecessary things like the potter’s ass are not unconditional antecedents; though the potter’s ass may be invariably present when the potter is making a pot, yet it is not the cause of the pot.

Nyaya Theory of Causation



From Prarthana Bhoomi, Sabarmati ashram, Ahmedabad.

I realize I keep clicking pictures of trees and odd branches all the time. Trees seem to me the most photogenic and aesthetic of subjects. They look unique and turned out in surprising ways without conscious effort or deliberate beautification.

Cityscape 001


This view is from the Tibetan sweater market, Vadodara. The tree caught between the rush and city noise seemed to mirror how I felt, an unspeakable soledad and detachment. However, the immobility of the tree struck me as even more saddening.

Unquestionable: Review of DANGAL (2016)

Dangal, the new Aamir Khan production in collaboration with Disney studio, is in the tradition of Pink (2016), made under the ‘girls are great’ banner, but with lesser didacticism and better cinematic sense. Dangal is directed at the crude, patriarchal, institutionalized mindset characteristic of the average Indian man or woman, and, this is important, not at the enlightened, highbrow, nitpicking intellectual, like you or me. It is, first and foremost, an entertainer. And does it’s job well. 

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