Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Ghalib

ऍ बुरे वक़्त ज़रा अदब से पेश आ
वक़्त नहीं लगता वक़्त बदलने में 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Shastri Ji

One Sunday back in 2004, I was sitting at Kankaria Lake, Ahmedabad. My parents were visiting me on my birthday and it was part of a small city tour with them. From where we were sitting, I could see a life-size  bust of a statue placed at the lake's periphery. In Gujarat you would expect Gandhi or Patel or Nehru - but this one was different, smaller. I asked Dad who might that be, let me go and check. A complete stranger who was walking by, looked at me and said - who else, the most worthy politician India ever had.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Read at tandem

It was serendipitous that I started reading two books together - so similar and so different. One is Fatima Bhutto's Songs of Blood & Sword and the other is Ramchandra Guha's India After Gandhi. One is about Pakistan's journey so far and the other is about India. Both are as biased as possible - one against Benazir Bhutto and the other towards Jawaharlal Nehru. Yet the accounts are fascinating.

We know so little about post-independence era. India and Pakistan took different paths and while the roots lie in how they were created way back in 1940s, there were events later on which tested both the countries and both took further detours.

My advise - buy both the books and read them at tandem.