Portrait of an author: VS Naipaul
And it was clear that here (Alexandria), and not in Greece, the East began: in this chaos of uneconomical movement, the self-stimulated din, the sudden feeling of insecurity, the conviction that all men were not brothers and that luggage was in danger.
Special Edition: Joe Goode on his most treasured book
San Francisco Chronicle
I am going to surprise myself with this answer, as I am a fiction lover. Nothing pleases me more than to be taken into a new world with characters and locales that are perhaps unfamiliar, but brought to life with gorgeous prose. I love Cormac McCarthy ...
The case for egotists and Travis Kalanick
In 2001, the Swedish Academy gave the Nobel Prize in Literature to VS Naipaul for his works of “incorruptible scrutiny”. Jurors who could be sentimental about the developing world rewarded the coldest eye it had ever produced. Seven years later, he was ...
Travels in Havana, er Mussoorie
Times of India (blog)
Had a refreshing weekend trip to Mussoorie recently, away from Delhi's summer heat. If your notion of a hill station is that you wake up in the morning, move aside your curtains and gaze out over the Himalayas, with town and valley before you and snow ...