Archive for January, 2017
Friends, it was lovely to meet Mrs & Mr Kiran Doshi at The Hindu Lit for Life. The charming and gracious couple make one feel absolutely at home. The morning after Kiran Doshi won The Hindu Best Fiction Prize 2016, we have breakfast together. My report.
India does find it hard to understand Punjab. That is why I like it when journalists travel and come back and seek to understand issues by talking to who they think are experts. At least, there is an attempt. Recently the Hindustan Times team travelled and asked me for my comments on their experiences. Now I am no expert but as a learner I am able to figure out a few things which I suppose can help them.
For example, the word agency. It is used everywhere in Punjab when the matter of politics comes up. Politics comes up everywhere, anyway. ‘The word agencies originates in the 80s and reveals deep-rooted mistrust in shadowy government officials and outsiders. It signifies death, disappearances and unclaimed bodies.’
This was an article on sacrilege that rocked Punjab in October/November 2015.