Friday, January 31, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Many years ago, we ordered Pani Puri in Delhi’s Bengali Market. I felt that the savoury green liquid had something missing. And, there was a spicy little blast from the past.The only thing that made my school memories exceptional was the street hawkers. I have never tasted that kind of tamarind, juices, crackers, sweet potato and chana masala (peppery chickpeas) again.My mother used to give me ten rupees in the morning for a Coke or a Mirinda. She didn’t know of my day-end escapades.The van uncle used to wait for us at the gate.
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|Photo by Rahat Dar|
Monday, January 27, 2014
“Last year was the year of Manto. That year has ended but the year of Manto continues,” said
Intezar Hussain at an event organised in commemoration of Saadat Hasan Manto’s 59th death anniversary, by South Asian Writers and Artists Network, at HRCP recently.
Last December, a girl in Delhi was brutally gang raped in a bus by six people including the bus driver. She passed away 13 days later in a hospital in Singapore. There were large scale angry protests across the country. The protests took the form of a social movement and the four adult accused were sentenced to death in September 2013. The event was so terrifying that even the managing editor of‘Tehelka’, Shoma Chaudhury, was forced to ask: “Why did it need an incident so unspeakably brutal to trigger our outrage?”