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Love In A Time Of War

ANIL’S GHOST by Michael Ondaatje. Alfred A. Knopf. 312 pp. $25. Anil Tissera has many enigmatic qualities as the protagonist in Ondaatje’s first novel since The English Patient. Since my parents gave me the same first name, the most salient enigma for me was...

Light Sweets for the Light Festival

“Love is my lamp; Exuberance the oil, My heart is the wick; melting myself I light a lamp to offer thee This Tamil garland of knowledge.” — poet-saint Boothathalwar The Festival of Lights, Deepavali, is over for this year. This is followed by a...

The Evil Lesbian Spirit

When they found out that Sunita was a lesbian, everyone in her family reacted in their own way. Her mother told her to drink some hot ginger tea and take the heating pad out of the closet. She thought a lesbian was a girl with a painful menstrual cycle. All the women...

Desi Fate

THE KARMA OF BROWN FOLK By Vijay Prashad. University of Minnesota Press. 248 p. $24.95. www.upress.umn.edu Several years have passed since we have heard a strong voice from the South Asian Left. Although Progressive South Asia will never die and be reincarnate itself...
Delhi Diary

Delhi Diary

My family moved to India when I was seven years old. My father worked for an American company, which transferred him to New Delhi to continue his work as a buyer. Our family was American, but we had lived in Madrid since I was three months old, so the only language...

From Our Archives: First Published in February 1996 Koenraad Elst is a Belgian writer academic who became interested in India and Hinduism as the result of a trip to India with his Indologist wife. He has written a number of books, among them treatises on Ayodhya,...