The Assassination of Indira Gandhi: An Excerpt from ‘India: The Crucial Years’

On the morning of 31 October 1984, I left for Along in Siang district by helicopter. After landing there an hour later, I proceeded to Basar by road. Basar had an agricultural research centre, where there was a function requiring my presence. A little before 1 p.m., I returned to the rest house after the… Continue reading The Assassination of Indira Gandhi: An Excerpt from ‘India: The Crucial Years’

Of Divorce and Income Certificates. An extract from ‘The View from Kollam’

‘We are not man and wife. We are divorced.’ This statement took me by surprise as the speaker was an ordinary middle-aged man, looking exactly like the college professor that he actually was. The prim, neatly attired woman sitting by his side looked what the headmistress of a high school should look like. Their pleasant… Continue reading Of Divorce and Income Certificates. An extract from ‘The View from Kollam’

The Census and the Merchant Ship – A chapter from ‘The View from Kollam’

The gangway was lowered in silence as the harbour launch that brought the collector, the DSP, his fellow officers, me and the tehsildar from the port to the large cargo ship at anchor some distance away bobbed around in the high swells. [...] As we climbed up the narrow gangway along the steep sides of… Continue reading The Census and the Merchant Ship – A chapter from ‘The View from Kollam’