Instinct led him down an ecclectic literary journey, says Pankaj Mishra, author of From the Ruins of Empire, an account of the response to colonialism in Asia, illustrated by the lives of a few continental figures such as Jamal al-Din al-Afghani, Liang Qichao and Rabindranath Tagore. V. Ganesan recorded some scintillating conversation at the launch in Chennai. Here's an account of the launch in New Delhi - http://thne.ws/Rf5Gm7
The collapse of a 50-year-old four-storey building in New Delhi and an under-construction 11-storey residential complex in Chennai is a grim remainder that the nation has a long way to go in building safety.
‘Auto Anna’ Annadurai has upped the ante this football season. By streaming the FIFA World Cup live in his auto, he has managed to douse many Chennaiites’ angst against auto-drivers! Photos: Vikas Vasu