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Impetuous
I love the word impetuous. I associate it with the very young and the very carefree. I don’t associate it at all with me. It’s a question that keeps bugging me these days. When was the last time I did something impetuously… on an impulse (and I don’t mean picking up that expensive skirt at Mango). Frankly, I cannot remember.I try and analyse this. At the end of the day it is about a certain quality of fearlessness. It is about not giving a damn about what people – your mother, your neighbour, your husband, your boss - will think about you. About not caring if you will end up looking foolish. It is about doing some things purely for yourself - like staying back in office for that half hour of pictionary or shutting the world out for a book. About not drawing the boundaries between what is the right thing to do and the fun thing to do. It is about an ability to be irresponsible – about admitting that the world is not going to come crashing down if you go awol for one day or sle…
God’s Little SoldierKiran Nagarkar is the writer of one of my all-time favourite novels – Cuckold. And he returns 10 years later to write another. It’s almost as big, the writing still makes for an un-put-down-able book, it has the all the makings of a classic. Yet…
GLS is the story of two brothers – Zia and Amanat. Brought up in an educated, liberal Muslim household in Bombay, their lives end up drawing very different trajectories. Both are geniuses in their own ways. Zia is a whiz kid in maths and his brother has always been good with the written word and has an aptitude for architecture that he inherits from his dad. But while Zia, in spite of his liberal Western education turns to extremism in the form of first Islamic terrorism and then Christian fundamentalism, Amanat remains the liberal, questioning, doubting voice.
Zia’s life’s journey takes him to Cambridge, discovering Allah and his life’s first mission, a muffed shot at killing Salman Rushdie, escape to Afghanistan and workin…