Photograph: Mumbai Cutting Chai(Tea), (CHAI & GUPSHUP, Accessed, 30th Jan 2021)

You ask, “From whom?” I reply, “Life.” And I rephrase the question: What do you want from your life? You ask, “Why should I want anything?” I say, “Because you are a person. And people usually like to want.” …

Review of Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II, by John W. Dower

Japanese officials prior to signing the surrender agreement on the deck of the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, 2 September 1945, during the surrender ceremony marking the end of World War II. Photograph: Max Desfor/AP, (The Guardian, Accessed, 02nd Oct 2020)

Embracing Defeat is the Pulitzer and National Book Award winning historical opus of the immediate post World War II period in Japan by MIT professor John W. Dower. …

Book Review — The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the Pillage of an Empire by William Dalrymple[1]

The Mughal emperor Shah Alam hands a scroll to Robert Clive, the governor of Bengal, which transferred tax collecting rights in Bengal, Bihar and Orissa to the East India Company. Illustration: Benjamin West (1738–1820)/British Library, The Guardian (Accessed, 16th August 2020)

“A commercial company enslaved a nation comprising two hundred million people”, wrote Tolstoy in a letter to the Hindu in 1908.[2]

Khushwant Singh (in 1993): The Sardar of Sex, Scotch and Scholarship, Shobha De, November 30, 1999, (Updated March 31, 2014), India Today (accessed , 10th June, 2020)

It turns out that the dirty old sardar wasn’t so dirty. Neither was he “Not a nice man to know” as he made a claim to be. He was quite an astute observer of his times and lived a remarkable life. Khushwant Singh was one of the most prolific writers…

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