Tuesday, August 22, 2006

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Couldn't resist sneaking back in. Watch this story. The right to information movement is one of the most exciting things happening in India at the moment.

I have just finished reading Suketu Mehta's Maximum City (in which, incidentally, the tale of the Jain family's grand renunciation freaked me out more than anything about gangsters, the underworld, riots, etc.). If I ever write a book about Bangalore's infrastructure, it will be called Minimum City.

Ustad Bismillah Khan is no more: 'Much has been written about the Ustad as a devout Muslim who also worshipped Saraswati, the muse of all artists. His pluralism and tolerance were not learnt. They were instinctive and non-didactic, something that flowed naturally in the context of his being. He belonged to a generation that worshipped naad, the abstract principle of the perfectly tuned note.' A truly moving tribute here and one from L. Subramaniam.

I am reading things about Lebanon in the Indian media that I havn't come across anywhere else: 'While Hizbollah's fighting skills are well known, its blueprint for a modern Lebanon of co-exististing communities - Shia, Sunni, Christian, and Druze - is less well known.' Thank god for a free press.

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