Archive for June, 2011

‘River of Smoke’ has finally hit the stores. The much awaited sequel to the ‘Sea of Poppies’ form Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis Trilogy promises its readers a very engrossing journey on land and sea leading up to the Opium wars.

Book Launch at reliance Timeout store, Bangalore

The ‘Sea of Poppies’ led Ghosh on a voyage of discovery to China leaving him fascinated with the country and that reflects in his books.

My Autographed copy

Amitav Ghosh has so many gems on his book shelf that it is hard to pick which of them is the best.

The Hungry Tide

The Glass Palace

The Hungry Chromosome

The Shadow Lines

The Circle Of Reason

Sea of Poppies

River of Smoke

Amitav Ghosh was recently in Bangalore to launch his book’ River of Smoke’ in Reliance Time Out Store on June 28th. He engaged the audience with a splendid Q & A session answering patiently all the questions the audience had.

My Article in “Citizen Matters” about the Book Launch




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‘Nizhalkuthu’ is a Kathakali performance by an all women’s troupe from Triponithara. The dance drama was mesmerizing – the facial expressions, the hand movements, the stage presence, costumes and ambience created an unforgetable evening. It took me back to the times; years before when Kathakali was watched in the temple premises and koothambalams all night long.

A kathakali performance enriches one’s visual and audio stimuli like no other dance does- transporting one to another cosmic level, where the audience can dally with the demons, gods and the sages in one evening. Kathakali does not use props or background music. Singers on stage with the chenda players set you on another plane with the music reaching a crescendo at times. The ‘kelikottu’ lures you in and you cannot leave until it’s over, because you don’t want to…

BCKA (Bangalore Club for Kathakali and the Arts) did a wonderful job in bringing this exquisite performance to Bangalore.

Photos: Personal collection; from my evening at the kathakali performance.