Kim Longinotto’s Salma

A severely-edited version of this piece was carried in today’s DNA (scroll down). Those who have worked with me know that few things give me as much joy as zapping out extra words in anyone’s copy, including mine, but I think cutting an 1100-word piece to 260 words is brutal even by my standards. So here’s the  rambly version. Blood lines Salma was 12 years old when she began menstruating. Her family pulled her out of school and locked her up at home. This is standard practice in Salma’s village. Girls are hidden away the moment they ‘become women’ and … Continue reading Kim Longinotto’s Salma

Women’s Day Special

Usually the idea of these days that are a fascinating blend of generic and specific — Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Teacher’s Day, etc. — make me roll my eyes because it’s quite spectacular how we can spout things that actually mean nothing all because it’s a greeting-card-powered day. So when DNA decided that there’d be a Women’s Day special, the women in the editorial section decided the pages would not be the stuff of token gestures and fake whoops. Net result: today’s paper, which has driven all of us ladies and quite a few men completely batty. City, Nation, Money, Sport … Continue reading Women’s Day Special

The Mag This Week

In DNA Sunday’s Books page, we had reviews of Peter Smetacek’s Butterflies On The Roof Of the World: A Memoir, by Mita Ghose Junot Diaz’s This Is How You Lose Her, by Sanjay Sipahimalani Jayant Kripalani’s New Market Tales, by Joanna Lobo and last, but definitely not least, Amish’s The Oath of the Vayuputras, by R Krishna. For those interested, Krishna spoke to Amish about his Shiva Trilogy. Elsewhere in The Mag, I wrote a tiny piece about Reena Kallat’s mahussive installation that will be up on Bhau Daji Lad Museum for the next few months. Kallat was commissioned to make … Continue reading The Mag This Week

The Mag This Week: Books

Three reviews and one interview in this week’s Books page. Joanna Lobo reviewed Bapsi Sidhwa’s new book of short stories, Their Language of Love. Apoorva Dutt, who was quite busy channelling her inner blonde, found time to hang out with Tik-Tik, the little scientist who is the hero of Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s new kiddie title, Tik-Tik, The Master of Time. I reviewed Dozakhnama, which admittedly isn’t precisely new (this translation came out end of last year) but I’m clearing backlogs and this book really is a enchanting read. And we have an interview with Amit Chaudhuri, whose new book Calcutta: Two Years in … Continue reading The Mag This Week: Books

The Mag This Week

Actually, last week. But whatever. Fiction aimed at women tends to be of two kinds: weepy and fluffy. Both varieties were reviewed in last week’s page (along with an interview with the authors of book that’s a guide to getting a divorce. Just ’cause) and fluffy proved to be way better than weepy. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, reviewed by Apoorva Dutt, sounds like debutant Ayana Mathis desperately wants to be this generation’s Toni Morrison. Not quite an easy task. Joanna Lobo reviewed I Kissed A Frog And Other Stories by Rupa Gulab. She loved it. I offered my tuppence … Continue reading The Mag This Week

The Mag This Week

Lots of book reviews in this week’s Books page. I wrote about Manil Suri’s The City of Devi and The Missing Queen by Samhita Arni (the unedited version of the article is below). Joanna Lobo reviewed Afterlife: Ghost Stories from Goa by Jessica Faleiro and liked it. Alpana Chowdhury loved Joginder Paul’s The Dying Sun. Farrukh Dhondy’s London Company was reviewed by Aditi Seshadri. She enjoyed it. Colleen Braganza sank her teeth into the new Keigo Higashino mystery, Salvation of a Saint, and found it meaty but not as juicy as The Devotion of Suspect X. Amberish Diwanji was won … Continue reading The Mag This Week