Clive James on Naipaul and Nirad ChaudhuriRead more: Clive James on Naipaul and Nirad Chaudhuri
Clive James is as effusive on the joys of flying as in his praise of the Indian writer Nirad C Chaudhuri. And few have written better. Funny, vivid, acute, he punches all the right buttons needed to be a good writer.
Naipaul: A Turn in the SouthRead more: Naipaul: A Turn in the South
VS Naipaul writes about race, prejudice, Elvis Presley, country music and tobacco in A Turn in the South, about his journey through southern United States. Remarkably, he compares the “rednecks” with the Indians of his childhood in Trinidad.
The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline BabyRead more: The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby
Reading Tom Wolfe for the first time was like listening to rock ’n’ roll. I was blown away. But reading him now after all these years is like listening to Little Richard. His breathless opening paragraphs, his occasionally manic style, can be overpowering at times.
Pico Iyer, Video Night and IndiansRead more: Pico Iyer, Video Night and Indians
Pico Iyer gets India so right in Video Night in Kathmandu. He is spot on about Indians being allured by America but many of them being Anglophiles, too, in the 1980s.
Bill Clinton: My LifeRead more: Bill Clinton: My Life
I have been reading Bill Clinton’s memoirs, My Life, and am pleasantly surprised. He has an easy conversational style and there are charming vignettes in the book. His love for his mother and his grandparents — “Mammaw” and “Papaw” — his feelings about his stepfather, whose surname Clinton he took, all come through.
Year-end chartbusters 50 years agoRead more: Year-end chartbusters 50 years ago
What were the most popular songs constantly on air 50 years ago? These were the Top 10 songs in Britain and America at the end of December 1969.
Indians in SingaporeRead more: Indians in Singapore
Once upon a time, there were more Indian than Chinese voters in Singapore. Hard to believe but true. Indians outnumbered the Chinese when the first general election to the Legislative Council was held in 1948. Only British subjects were eligible to vote. Out of a potential electorate of more than 200,000, only 23,000 registered to…
Hits of May 1966Read more: Hits of May 1966
It’s amazing how much data has been preserved from the past. While listening to music today, I wondered what were the most popular songs during this week in 1966. That year came to my mind because it was such an exciting time in pop music.
Raffles, Singapore, Calcutta and BengalRead more: Raffles, Singapore, Calcutta and Bengal
When a young man came to Singapore from Calcutta many years ago, he didn’t know he was following in the footsteps of Sir Stamford Raffles. The one difference: He came by air. Raffles came by sea — on the ship Indiana, with his deputy, Major William Farquhar, on board another vessel, the Ganges.
What happened to the Hindu god of love?Read more: What happened to the Hindu god of love?
Cherubic Cupid, winging his way with bow and arrows to shoot at hearts, graces countless valentines. The little Roman god of love has proved more durable than the Roman empire. What explains his lasting appeal when another god of love languishes in relative obscurity?