March 2008

Lahore Snaps V: Signs

Some signage from Lahore. The translations are on the flickr site. (Also additional shots). Previously: Lahore Snaps IV: We Eat, Lahore Snaps III: Marks it Bears, Lahore Snaps II: Where We Lived, Lahore Snaps I: Games We Play ...

Lahore Snaps IV: We Eat

Lahore, should you be curious, is a food-lover's paradise. The traditional North Indian cuisines (your biryanis and your karahis and whatnot) get augmented with Sindhi and Pashtun varieties of preparation and serving. Various streets and muhallahs (neighborhoods) are famous for various types of foods. I didn't sample anything, this trip. The most daring I got [...]

Lahore Snaps III: Marks It Bears

I have been having these vivid dreams. Places and conversations continued from Lahore. Waking up every morning is quite a disorienting experience. The landscapes are stuck, the tape paused. I guess it can all be ascribed to jet lag or to this rather unmoored feeling that envelopes me. Whatever the case may be, I find [...]

Demystifying Pakistan

My dear friends will be casting the harsh light of scholarship and analysis onto the murky swamp of Pakistan. Do attend. Spread the word. I surely wish I was there. The Center for Place, Culture & Politics Presents Demystifying Pakistan: Understanding the Current Crisis A panel discussion on the military in Pakistani politics, society and [...]

Lahore Snaps II: Where We Lived

Ancient Lahore is nigh invisible. Old Lahore lumbers on around the inner city. Sometimes, yellow walls and wooden frames peek at us in unexpected places, reminding us that they still await our gaze and our warmth. These are the ghosts that haunt Lahore. Previously: Lahore Snaps I: Games We Play ...

Lahore Snaps I: Games We Play

Of course we played in the streets, in the alley, by the fountain, on the farm; we played wherever a smooth surface, roughly 22 feet was available for us. But there was a special game that was played only in our house. Only by the brothers and their friends. Tip Tip we used to call [...]

Monsoon Chutney

CM reader JM sends in this note for all you gentle readers. Hi! Hoping you Chapati Mystery readers can help me find a publisher for my first novel, Monsoon Chutney. It's the multi-generational tale of an upper-caste Indian-American family. What's really fresh about this work, I feel, is that each generation has its own unique [...]

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