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The Future of Desire

WHEN DURYODHANA ORDERS THAT Draupadi be dragged to the assembly hall, she is menstruating and is covered by only a single piece of cloth. Her husbands have just gambled and lost her in a game of dice…

The Decline of Man: Being Male After #MeToo

A FEW YEARS AGO, I found myself in one of the upper floors of a high-rise, gazing out of a balcony. It was a pleasant evening. Below, at one end of the building compound, there was a sort of a garden…

Dissent in the Desert

When I speak of fear, intimidation, arrests and public shaming of intellectuals and religious leaders who dare to speak their minds, and then I tell you that I’m from Saudi Arabia, are you surprised…

Every Unbearable Thing

SAY YOU BEGAN as rib or clod of earth say you were blossoming until someone stared too long at your shirt and leaned in unbuttoned pushed forced don’t mistake me this is not a poem against longing…

Track Record (Continued)

IN THE LAST column, I made the point that to understand India’s railway system today, one has to remember the past. Let me continue where I left off. Circa 1870, several links of the country’s trunk…

To Protect A God

THE PROBLEM WITH being a believer in any God is the absoluteness of the certainty that He is going to protect you. And then, from that assumption, to make a short leap to the senseless idea that it…

Anna Burns: Novelist of No

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS IN BOOKS seldom make for interesting reading. The author thanks her near and dear, those who got her to write, those who fine-tuned what she wrote. Anna Burns’ list of…

Fact and Fiction in Kashmir

MUCH HAS BEEN made of the low turnout in the recently concluded local-body elections in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). At 35.1 per cent, the overall voting percentage is indeed low by Indian standards…

Mystery of the Zika Virus

THIS OUTBREAK OF Zika fever in Rajasthan makes me wonder if the last three years were lived in a different dimension. During September-October 2015, Zika fever emerged in Brazil and two months later…

Open Diary

THE PAST FORTNIGHT has been dominated by the MeToo campaign. Regardless of the fact that the campaign is often accompanied by the rhetoric of piousness from its cheerleaders, some good will…