Aravind Adiga’s Between the Assassinations

Just finished Aravind Adiga’s latest book, Between the Assassinations. Adiga was a former Time correspondent in India and rose to fame with his first book, The White Tiger, which won the Man Booker Prize last year. The Assassinations is an interesting book for its settings: set between the assassinations of two of India’s prime ministers, Indira Gandhi in 1984 and her son Rajiv in 1991, it … [Read more...]

The Chinatown in Vancouver

This is the entrance to the famed Chinatown. … [Read more...]

The Mystery behind the metal and plastic cutlery.

(Originally written in May 2008) Finally, I am on the plane to India. It is a long-time dream come true, and I have managed to tame my desire to visit the whole of India within the three weeks I have. One of the biggest issues to consider when planning for such a trip is the choice of carrier. I was very tempted to either Emirates or Ethihad, as it would allow me to fly via the Gulf. I had … [Read more...]

The Choice Of Words

No language remains static; one could say English is perhaps the most flexible of languages, adopting words from languages from around the world. But the use of words also change with times. Old words die while new are added, and one can notice many words that were used only in the informal world slowly gaining a sense of officialdom. But still one always thought that the media, official reports … [Read more...]

Belated, But Still…

I have decided to add a blog to my site. My old articles and all other stuff available here. Keep tuned for newer stuff. Thanks and good luck. … [Read more...]