Destined to Dance

Destined to Dance

BALASARASWATI: HER ART & LIFE by Douglas M. Knight Jr. Wesleyan University Press. 2010. Hardcover. 364 pages. $35. ISBN 978-0-8195-6906-6. As a toddler growing up in erstwhile Madras, T. Balasaraswati (1918-1984) was fascinated by a beggar who frequented her...
Poetry as Escapism

Poetry as Escapism

ROCOCO AND OTHER WORLDS by Afzal Ahmed Syed. Translated by Musharraf Ali Farooqi. Wesleyan University Press. March 2010. Harcover. 108 pages. $22.95. Worshippers at the altar of poetry will find a way to sustain their souls in a tumultuous world. Born in Ghazipur,...
Who’s Mothering Mommy?

Who’s Mothering Mommy?

In the tug-of-war between a mother’s guilt and a working woman’s exhaustion, Arasi Maran gives in to guilt just about every single time, on pretty much every aspect concerning her child. She offers an example. “No matter how tired I am, I don’t formula feed my baby. I...