Oindrila Mukherjee

  • So long, India

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    "In the mind of a woman for whom no place is home the thought of an end to all flight is unbearable." -- Milan Kundera,...

  • Culture and chaos

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    A literary revolution of sorts has overtaken the country in the past decade. The global excitement over India's English-language novelists that began when in the...

  • India's Olympic problem

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    Michael Phelps - 22, India - 24 I frequently complain about the broadcasting of sports in the US, about the focus on American football, ...

  • Millennium S***ty

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    For the past eight years I've been visiting India every other year and spending several weeks at the height of summer in the paradox called...

  • A handful of Oprah

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    The past week and a half have seen many Indians get their knickers in a twist over Oprah's Indian special episode on her show "Oprah's...

  • Bombay blues

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    When I was a little girl in the 80s, I spent four years in Bombay. My parents and I lived in a small apartment on...

  • Monsoon magic in Goa

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    A dark shadow creeps across the sky until it's almost as black as night. The waves get choppier and choppier until they lash against the...

  • Southern Spice

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    The last couple of days I've been in Hyderabad, the city of biryani, pearls, gongura mutton, Tollywood and Sania Mirza. I had visited here a...

  • Lee and Hesh - what a mess

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    So this blog is supposed to review changes in India over the past decade. But of course there are some things that don't change. ...

  • Revisiting Calcutta - Part 2

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    In my last blog post I talked about the crumbling beauty of Calcutta. For me, personally, it was an attempt to get reacquainted with the...

  • Revisiting Calcutta - Part 1

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    Last night I came back from a breathless visit to Calcutta, the city where I spent 17 years, including my most formative ones. Middle school,...

  • Foods for thought

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    When my American friends say they love Indian food, many of them are thinking of chicken tikka masala in a mild creamy tomato-based sauce; saag...

  • Whistles in the dark

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    The other day I wrote about a steady stream of service people ringing the doorbell all through the day at my parents' home in Gurgaon....

  • Yes, I am being served

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    Friday was a typical weekday morning at my parents' home in Gurgaon where I'm staying. First, a guy came to fix the printer. Then another...

  • Being fruity and sporty

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    Since I ended my last blog post with the mango, I thought I'd begin this one with it. Not because I am obsessed with the...

  • Mangoes and mythical homes

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    Arrived in Delhi on Wednesday evening. The first thing I noticed when I pulled up the window in the airplane just before landing was how...

  • The ten year switch: passage through India

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    Nearly 10 years ago I travelled from India to the US for the very first time, to join an MFA program in creative writing. Like...

  • Midnight's Children: The movie vs the book 07-07-2011 03:38 PM

    A few weeks ago Canadian-Indian filmmaker Deepa Mehta and her producer husband David Hamilton completed principal photography on Midnight's Children, the film adaptation of Salman Rushdie's iconic novel. The film is scheduled for release in late 2012. Reading Stephanie Molen's location report from Sri Lanka, published in the Globe and...