The 27-year-old reporter reporting on duty. As far as the eyes go, there are only half-dead men with trembling hearts dressed as grooms outside churches. And even the men who had previously seemed rather alive quickly seem to be falling on the ground. The whole scene is as if out of Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, except here…
Notes on Love #2
Et tu, Brute? In a yet undiscovered second part of Shakespeare’s Julias Caesar, Caesar comes back as a ghost and kills Brutus with a diamond encrusted pistol while listening to Taylor Swift: “Look what you just made me do”.
Advice for young girls on how to pick husbands (after reading Mayakovsky)
Growing up, we had classes of “moral science” in school. It told us how to keep good hygiene, and how to keep good morals. The Moral Man (with a capital M, for this deserves the respect one usually reserves for God) was a man of self control, who betrayed no emotion, never fell prey to…
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them proceeds the human descent of Christ, who is God over all, forever worthy of praise! Amen. It’s the nine nights of the heathen goddess. Unlike the true Christian god, in the beginning was the Word, the dark goddess does not believe in forbidding anything, and the Word was…
The unlikely history of love
On an unknown date in the 1700s, a Scottish doctor George Cleghorn discovered that quinine could be used to prevent and treat Malaria. When the army of the British East India Company arrived in the tropical climate of India, the fatal malarial situation had to be countered somehow. They were advised to regularly take quinine…
Welcome to immorality
Tired of intellect, tired of goodness, tired of reason, tired of god, a woman falls deep into pure pulse. What is life? Life is body. What is body? Body is blood. What is blood? Blood is immorality. What is immorality? Question invalid. Answer not found.
When a little girl asks me about love and god
Sometimes, in the universe, two particles (theoretically, any two things) become entangled with each other and act in unison even when there is no force between the space that separates them. It violates Einstein’s theory of causality because it would mean that there is something deeper that unites them that transcends the laws of space,…
Kabir and the mystery of life
Kabir, the 15the century Indian mystic poet, wrote: जिन खोजा तिन पाइयाँ गहरे पानी पैठ मैं बौरी डूबन डरी रही किनारे बैठ Those who were searching found by diving deep into the waters I foolishly feared drowning and remained on the shore. It’s not possible to know what is lost until it is already found.…
I have been toying with the idea of writing a series of shorts inspired by sea shanties – and, for quite some time, I wondered if I should, because really, what do I know, what right do I have to write about the world that is not mine? But I looked at the sky…
Words for and about my father
My father, the ever controversial, the ever outsider of the Hindi literary scene, is once again part of another controversy. I usually keep to myself, never getting involved in any of this, I don’t usually even talk about my parents and their work. However, this time some people have ‘threatened’ him that they will…