• So long, India

    Heat beat |  Oindrila Mukherjee
    "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

    Heat beat |  Oindrila Mukherjee
    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

    Heat beat |  Oindrila Mukherjee
    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

    Heat beat |  Oindrila Mukherjee
    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

    Heat beat |  Oindrila Mukherjee
    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

    Heat beat |  Oindrila Mukherjee
    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

    Heat beat |  Oindrila Mukherjee
    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

    Heat beat |  Oindrila Mukherjee
    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

    Heat beat |  Oindrila Mukherjee
    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

    Heat beat |  Oindrila Mukherjee
    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

    Heat beat |  Oindrila Mukherjee
    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

    Heat beat |  Oindrila Mukherjee
    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

    Heat beat |  Oindrila Mukherjee
    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...