About

Welcome to Readings with a cup of tea!

This is a personal diary and a public statement of my interests. Books, poetry, fiction, movies, travel, photography, and my views on anything under the sky.

I have learned over the years that the best way to remember a book is to write about it. So, inter alia, I write about what I read.

Literature and History are my mainstay. I am particularly interested in South Asian fiction written originally in English and world literature in translation.

I believe that there is a need to internationalise and diversify English readership habits to include literatures originating in the cultures and traditions of societies other than Western.

In the discipline of history, my prime interests lie, but are not limited to, Islamic history and the history of the Indian Subcontinent with special emphasis on British Raj.

Comments and criticisms are welcomed.

Note: Every post in this blog is linked and recorded in one of the menu pages at the top of the homepage.

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12 thoughts on “About

  1. I am glad you liked the book. I wll be reviewing another book on the subject of Jihad in the Indian Subcontinent soon. Will share the link on your blog.

    Looking forward to more convos with you. Thanks a lot mate.

  2. I like your space here!
    I want to know if Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s poem – Speak, for your two lips are free — was written as couplets.
    Thank you.
    warmly,
    Kala Ramesh

  3. @kala ramesh,
    Faiz’s poem “Speak, You Also” is a translation of “Bol”. It is not a ghazal in couplet form but written in azad nazm, or free verse. However, some lines rhyme and Faiz has employed poetical metres which give the poem flow and ease of recitation. It’s a beautiful poem.

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