shiv on the shoreShiv on the shore
When the great flood or fire finishes the world, Guyana’s Shivnarine Chanderpaul may still be batting


Caribbean Events

GUYANA Moray House Trust 239 Camp & Quamina Sts, Georgetown Readings with Gaiutra Bahadur, author of Coolie Woman Tuesday, 13 May 2014, 5.30 pm In conversation with Brendan de Caires Friday, 23 May 2014, time tbc JAMAICA Calabash Festival Jakes, Treasure Beach ‘Globality’, with Robert Antoni and Andrea Stuart Saturday, 31 May 2014, 10pm  

Coolie Woman

December 2013 Reading and talking with Gaiutra Bahadur, author of Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture Saturday, 28 December 2013, 4pm May Day Bookstore and Cafe, 2254/2A Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi 110008

Among the believers
Sachin India Today

“To Lahli we went like pilgrims to a mela.” Farewell, for India Today.

Forsaking aching breaking yearsRock Country

“Except possibly Springsteen I’m not sure I’d heard formulations like that in rock before. They were vague and specific, correct and powerful.” Australian rock songs in an Indian teenagehood, for Christian Ryan’s magnificent new production, Rock Country

A Class of Her Own

Humaira Bachal founded a school in a squatter colony in Karachi when she was 13.
Her story, for Intelligent Life.

Love Letters

Of two Indian cricketers who found love on tour, romance by post, and left to make a home in countries far away. The Nightwatchman.


The Great Tamasha

A review of James Astill’s book on Indian cricket, for the New York Times.

A Matter of Rats

July 2013 In conversation with Amitava Kumar, about his new book, a short biography of Patna 22 July, 6pm Oxford Bookstore, N 81, Connaught Place, New Delhi  

Dravid & Laxman

“The great sitar player Ustad Vilayat Khan once said the idea of a jugalbandi was to both showcase and subdue oneself.  As he hands over to his partner, the artiste must judge how much to dissolve the tune. Dravid and Laxman dissolved into one another more harmoniously, more significantly, than any other Indian duo.”

A tribute to the great batsmen in Wisden Almanack no. 150.