When we departed for a ludicrously expensive multi-generational, guided, two-week tour to Greece, I imagined gaping at the architecturally perfect Parthenon, feeling spiritually-centered in Delphi, home of the Oracle, center of the Earth.
During my time in Andalusia it was music that came to symbolize the rich beauty and depth that is to be found in the blending of cultures. I didn't expect to start exploring a new genre of music—it simply happened.
Wonderfully clever as those stories were, they have, I fear, led many to regard Simla as a town populated by 'Mrs. Hawkbees,' by frivolous grass widows, idle hill captains and the genus known as bow-wows.'
The journey from the valley to the hills is complex, multi-layered. Amitabha Dev Choudhury* details the dreamy contours of a journey across Silchar- Shillong road in his novella Uponashyer Khonje (In Search of a Novel).
One thing can be said about revenants: they are generally not a cheery lot. They come back because something is wrong: some debt from life needs to be repaid or vengeance taken.
As soon as we enter the Medina, I lose my bearings...As I step in, the change in atmosphere is palpable: the sedate cool of the first room is a jarring shift from the heat and stench of the streets.
Without public access, a culture becomes dead, an inert shell that serves as a shill for profit, while too rarefied and remote to thrive.
At times, machines can do an adequate job. Don’t expect miracles, however, or felicitous literary translations, or aptly rendered political zingers.
Feasts helped to transform egalitarian hunters and gatherers into the kinds of societies that laid the foundations for early states and even industrial empires.
The concept of ‘deep time’ was first described in 1788 by the Scottish geologist James Hutton, although only coined as a term 200 years later, by the American author John McPhee.
20th-century feminism seems to be a contemporary culture in which female nudity is less concerned with protest than with performance and profit.