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Periods of Light, Periods of Darkness

Periods of Light, Periods of Darkness

As a child I grew up to appreciate natural light as a scarse commodity to be valued and cherished, since much of the time one had to be content with a dark playground and mere artificial light. When I opened my eyes in the morning to see daylight pouring in through the curtains a sense […]

CD Review: Miles From India

I placed the first disc of this album in my player with some trepidation wondering to myself if this indeed was the long awaited holy grail of Indo-American jazz fusion. Here two streams of musical tradition dear to me come together; namely Jazz and Indian classical. The album at hand is essentially a recreation of […]

Something old, something new

The past year has been one of travel, photography and new schemes. A wealth of photographic material awaits to be posted along with musings on the myriad phases of the Byzantine Empire and it’s traces in modern Istanbul. Finally I got to walk among the ruins of it’s past glory and at the same time […]

Guest Post: A Day With Ruskin Bond

The world is, according to a saying, only the size of each man’s head. Deodar trees, misty hills, night trains, haunted spirits, leaping langurs, mountain air, unhappy women and lonely children make the world of Ruskin Bond. And for 60 years, millions of readers have shared this world.

Chennai – The Underestimated Metropolis

Chennai – The Underestimated Metropolis

Walking down Marina Beach with the sea breeze bringing in uncannily familiar and soothing olfactory sensations, I cannot help thinking to myself how this city perched on the shore of the Bay of Bengal has managed to make itself dear to me in a relatively short time. Maybe it is my fascination for seaports, maybe […]

The Lichtwechsel Project

Recently the article Periods of Light, Periods of Darkness that I wrote last year and first posted on this blog was published as part of the Lichtwechsel (Change of Light) art project. As a result of an invitation for an exhibition in connection with the advent of Turku, Finland, becoming the cultural capital of Europe in […]

Writing tips from Jeffrey Archer in Chennai

As I strolled into the Odyssey bookstore I found it bustling with activity and anticipation. I asked one of the stackers and was told that a very famous writer was arriving soon. I had to press him a bit more until he confided that Jeffrey Archer was the man of the hour. Not that I […]

Photography: Glimpses Of Old Madras

Photography: Glimpses Of Old Madras

I reproduce here some vintage photography of Chennai or Madras as older generations still like to call the city. These photos have appeared elsewhere before and in my understanding the copyrights on them have expired. Quite nostalgic they give glimpse into the city that still lies beneath the modern high-rises, concrete flyovers and shopping malls. […]

CD Review: Ilaiyaraaja / The Music Messiah

CD Review: Ilaiyaraaja / The Music Messiah

இளையராஜா – The Music Messiah / Agi Music 2006 After listening to and reviewing Ilaiyaraaja’s magnum opus Thiruvasagam, I made my way to Spencer Plaza in Chennai and bought myself this CD. I thought I would be in for another meeting point of western classical music and Tamil traditions, but not quite. What we have here […]

CD Review: Avial

CD Review: Avial

Avial – Debut Album / Phat Phish 2008 I’ve delayed far too long in writing about this folk-rock outfit. It is beginning to look like Kerala is a real breeding ground for original artists. Avial has already convinced audiences in the state since 2003 but now during the last year or two they have really […]

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