Editorial

The Audacity of My Secularism

The Audacity of My Secularism

At a dinner recently, the conversation drifted to the politics of religion in India. A friend, who relocated to India about a decade ago, scoffed at the idea of secularism. He called it “appeasement politics,” a political creed that has resulted in the marginalization...

It’s the Race Card, People!

When Meryl Streep announced that after all, we’re all from Africa, in response to the lack of color in the Oscar nominating panel, she was being completely accurate, but not entirely truthful. When it comes to questions of race, the best strategy often is to quibble,...
Do You Believe in Ghosts?

Do You Believe in Ghosts?

Last summer I encountered a ghost. It happened simply, unsuspectingly. Perhaps the stage had already been set. I had been invited to stay for a month at an artists’ residency in a French town called Marnay-sur-Seine. The setting was a 17th century priory next door to...
Yours, Hopefully

Yours, Hopefully

Happy 2016! It seems to me that of all things we carry with us towards another year, nothing is more invigorating than the belief that life will be brighter on the other side of the New Year’s Eve clock. And as soon as the small hand inches its way northwards,...