Posts tagged with ‘India’

Basti by Intizar Husain

This is a Pakistani novel from 1979, set during Bangladesh’s war of independence from Pakistan, but with lots of flashbacks — to a pre-Partition life in India, to Partition and the migration to Pakistan — and dreams going further back still, to India’s First War of Independence.* The earliest scenes of pre-Partition India are seen, through a child’s eyes, as […]

London Film Festival 2012, personal roundup

I do enjoy the LFF: interesting films, cinemas full of largely well-behaved audiences, and no ads or trailers. I went to five films this year, this is what I thought of them. Obviously. Reality An Italian film about a Naples fishmonger and petty criminal who becomes dangerously obsessed with appearing on the reality show Big […]

Links

The Official Website of Chennai Super Kings – Players & Staff Does this man have the greatest name in the history of sport? (del.icio.us tags: cricket India ) Times Online – Homeopathy by the (mind-boggling) numbers ‘The arnica is diluted so much that there is only one molecule of it per 7 million billion billion […]

Links

Damn Cool Pics: The Living Bridges of Cherrapunji Bridges made from the growing roots of rubber trees. (del.icio.us tags: roots bridges India ) YouTube – Kseniya Simonova – Sand Animation (Україна має талант / Ukraine’s Got Talent) real time 'animation' with sand by a contestant on Ukraine's Got Talent. via Design Observer. (del.icio.us tags: YouTube […]

Exhibition round-up

Some quick comments on ‘Baroque’ at the V&A and ‘Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur’ at the British Museum.

All About H. Hatterr by G.V. Desani

All About H. Hatterr is a novel I bought after seeing it recommended somewhere — the complete review, I think. It is a modernist novel written in 1948 in a colloquial Indian English laced with bits of slang, Shakespeare, legal jargon and so on. I’m not in a position to judge the relationship between the […]

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

I bought The Satanic Verses in irritation at all the fuckwits who were complaining about Rushdie getting a knighthood. Not surprisingly perhaps, having bought it as a gesture rather than because of an urgent desire to read it, it ended up at the bottom of my to-read pile. It didn’t help that it has a […]

Two Lives by Vikram Seth

Two Lives is a biography of Seth’s great-uncle and aunt. They met in the 30s in Berlin when Shanti Seth was studying dentistry and took lodgings with the (Jewish) Caro family. Henny Caro was one of the daughters of the house and at the time was engaged to someone else; but after the war they […]

Doublehard Goans

I made ‘rechad’ spice paste today. It’s a recipe from Goa; Goa was a Portuguese colony, and the name is apparently from the Portuguese recheado, ‘to stuff’, because the Goans use it to stuff fish*. I used some of it tonight to make a particularly good Goan seafood curry called ambot tik which uses the […]

More ethnic food slurs

I was watching Antiques Roadshow at the weekend and some chap brought in an C18th* English silver sauce boat. The expert got excited because it was a rare early example; apparently before that point English food rarely had sauces but it was about then that some people started employing French cooks. So far, reasonable enough […]

Colonial troops in WWII

I found this article in the Independent interesting. There’s a film coming out in France called Indigènes about “the 300,000 Arab and north African soldiers who helped to liberate France in 1944.” Apparently about half the French army in 1944 was African or Arab. The director and producer, both French of North African descent, “hope […]