Jug Suraiya

Down memory lane on Kolkata’s park street

Every now and again they talk about renaming Park Street, in what is now called Kolkata.

08 Sep 2018

An Israeli-Palestinian take on Shakespeare

The other day I saw a movie adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, with Al Pacino playing Shylock.

11 Aug 2018

From blood and sand to flaming heart of Spain

What redeems bullfighting from being an act of senseless cruelty is the courage of the matador who while dealing death coolly faces it himself.

14 Jul 2018

Madrid represents all of Spain—or none of it

Perhaps the best aperitif to the city is a morning stroll through the Plaza Mayor, the vast, cobblestoned square designed by Philip III in the 17th century.

16 Jun 2018

The state has lost its monopoly on violence

In one of the most dangerous developments facing the country today, a fundamental public sector undertaking (PSU) of the nation is being subversively privatised: violence.

19 May 2018

Mauritius: Caught in the crosscurrents of time

A lot of change to be crammed into so small an island, measuring only 1,865 sq km in area and with a population of little over a million.

21 Apr 2018

The obscene ‘Spirituality’ of the terrorist

In Kashmir or in Palestine, in Syria or Sudan, one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.

24 Mar 2018

There is no inappropriate laughter

Renuka Chowdhury has been rebuked by the ruling party for her ‘inappropriate’ laughter in Parliament.

22 Feb 2018

Slang happens when language walks the talk

When John le Carre was asked by a British interviewer why he did not immigrate to France or some other country where taxes were less punitive than in the UK, the novelist replied with an anecdote.

06 Jan 2018

To be or not to be: the question of suicide

In approximately the time it takes you to read this article, someone in this country will have committed suicide.

30 Nov 2017

When language laughs at our attempts to make use of it

They’re a writer’s nightmare, call them what you will: misprints, literals, typos, errata, printer’s devils.

04 Nov 2017