Monthly Archives: November 2017

Brer Rabbit

An enduring memory of my childhood is that of lying in bed on a cold December night in Bangalore, sometime around 1973 with the lights switched off and my brother telling me stories of Brer Rabbit.  These were written by Enid Blyton and involved the escapades of a rabbit...

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A bag of Pistachios

While rummaging through our pantry the other day, I came across a bag of Pistachios.  It was a 3 lb bag from Costco and we had consumed about half its contents. The presence of the bag had obviously been forgotten and it was lying hidden behind some boxes.  The...

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Requiem for the Cassette Tape

  They made their appearance in India in the mid-to-late seventies.  The next step in the evolution of music players – the cassette decks.  They ranged from the compact mono players and “two-in-ones” to the larger cassette decks that came with graphic equalizers and powerful speakers.  They were middle...

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The Street Singer

The phrase “Street Singer” evokes nostalgia for lovers of old Hindi music.  And by old, I mean really old, for this is the name of the 1938 movie starring the singer-actor K.L. Saigal.  It contains gems such as “Babul Mora”, “Jeevan Been Madhur Na Baje” and “Lachhami Murat Daras...

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A Pair of Shorts

  Each year, as my school’s annual sports day rolled around, I would get excited.  I really had no reason to.  While I played cricket and soccer in my neighborhood, I would never qualify for any of the athletic events.  I loved sports though.  I followed the Olympics (past...

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