This piece of writing is an experiment in digressive and peripatetic cultural studies that follows a thought path around the city of Birmingham in England.
Recent trends in culinary representations in British television, and global food biographies, going back to Victorian or Edwardian Raj, the popular imperial television saga, Downton Abbey (2010-15), and two histories on the Curry, by Collingham (2006) and Sen (2008).
South Asia as setting for pilgrimage is particularly intriguing, as both local and international pilgrims make the journey, but the narrative is unique in settler-invader cultures.
Public Government Issued Notice (Beware: Dangerous building) Kolkata’s innumerable century old buildings, stand in a state of photogenic ruin. This is a board outside a dilapidated building right...
There was a cinema that was known for being able to hire transgender sex workers. So you could hire a sex worker and go and watch a film together, and get a blowjob or a handjob.
It was evening, but it didn’t know it yet. Light was still caught in the tops of trees, still bouncing off windows, and street lamps, and buildings, too sleepy to turn corners sharply. Not long after arriving in London, I had...
Clogged city traffic often forces people to cast bored stares at the same advertisements...static images presented in these focus on the centrality of the visual world for meaning.
Lived experiences of urban spaces and neighborhoods were instrumental in shaping Naxalite practices of urban guerrilla warfare.
Essays, Travelogues, Memoirs, Fiction and Poetry on London, Lahore, Cairo and Calcutta (Vol. II)
Essays, Travelogues, Memoirs, Fiction and Poetry on London, Lahore, Cairo and Calcutta (Vol. I)
The liberty from "the drudgery of being useful," that it briefly enjoyed on the collector’s shelf, is destroyed with its reinsertion into the currency of use where it stands in for the past as representative, as witness.