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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’

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A Barbarous Situation: Excerpts from Nayantara Sahgal’s letters to the Authors’ Guild of India in 1975

Excerpts from Nayantara Sahgal’s letters to the Authors’ Guild of India in 1975, protesting against the censorship and suspension of civil liberties. She resigned membership of the Executive Commiittee of the Guild when the guild refused to put on record a protest against checks on freedom of expression. Since 26 June we have an ‘Emergency’ in this country…… Continue reading A Barbarous Situation: Excerpts from Nayantara Sahgal’s letters to the Authors’ Guild of India in 1975

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Carpet vs Built-up vs Super Built-up Area: An Extract from ‘How to Buy a House’

Buying a house is not simply a monetary decision. It is important to connect with the house for you to be happy there. Sometimes just a window in the wrong place can make you uncomfortable. After considering all the above, what is most essential is your ability to negotiate! This means leveraging the available information…… Continue reading Carpet vs Built-up vs Super Built-up Area: An Extract from ‘How to Buy a House’

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The Exhumation: An Excerpt from ‘The View from Kollam’

The sun beat mercilessly down on the assembled crowd which had surrounded a house and its grounds. Over 300 people had thronged the site. To one side were parked two police jeeps and a van, with my car carefully parked in a shaded spot that diligent Sreedharan Pillai had found. Half a dozen policemen kept…… Continue reading The Exhumation: An Excerpt from ‘The View from Kollam’

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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’