Perspectives

letters to the editor

A Welcome, an Adieu and the Precious Seed We welcome Nirupama Vaidhyanathan as the new managing editor. We bid fare-well and the best of luck to Jaya Padma-nabhan, who relinquished the position for greener pastures. It was always a pleasure to work with her. In her...
Navratri More Than Just A Celebration

Navratri More Than Just A Celebration

Navratri (Nav Durga) is a nine-day festival of Hindus honoring the Mother Goddess. This celebration occurs twice a year: The first one is in the spring during March/April, and the second one is in the fall during September/October, based on the lunar cycle Navratri is...
Anxieties About English

Anxieties About English

My mother was an English major. After earning her B.A. from a small liberal arts college in upstate New York, she started working on a Ph.D., also in English. Raised in the elite clubrooms and halls of Anglophone India, schooled in the Western canon (“reading from...
Masters of Political Theater

Masters of Political Theater

Donald Trump has climbed to the top of the opinion polls with his outrageous statements. This is no surprise. Politics is, after all, theater. But American politicians are rank amateurs when it comes to creating an entertaining yet succinct message for the populous....
We Will Always Have Bhopal

We Will Always Have Bhopal

An email pops into my inbox.  I open it idly, thinking it’s probably a reader. At first, I can’t place the person at all.       But like a photograph that slowly takes shape when you insert the print into the hypo solution, a memory stirs. A face, a figure, a voice...
A Thug Among Us

A Thug Among Us

Thug noun. a violent person, especially a criminal. a member of a religious organization of robbers and assassins in India. Thugs waylaid and strangled their victims, usually travelers, in a ritually prescribed manner. They were suppressed by the British in the 1830s....