Toppling statues

In 1859, Charles Dickens’ A Tale Of Two Cities opened with “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was …

Beguiling eyes

“Eyes” have remained the subject for my past two blogs and I have shared a few of my favorite Bollywood songs and other poetry on this theme.  I now conclude with these two compositions. The first song is from the hit 1970 movie Safar (The Journey).  It was picturized on the (first) “Superstar" of Bollywood, …

Smorgasbord

A dear friend and I met recently for our monthly lunch.  It is always the same location and pretty much the same menu – a cool one accompanied by guacamole and nachos, followed by soup and a sandwich with coffee to conclude our session that usually extends from 12.30 pm to 3.45 pm.  In spite …

The Key to ….

There was a time in India, when school teachers habitually encouraged their students to use a kunji (literally, “Key”) for each subject that they taught.  These were slim Tutorial pamphlets in the form of Frequently Asked Questions on key aspects of a subject/topic.  For instance, there were kunjis on vyakaran (grammar), prose and verse by …