From Bombay with smog

Monday 11 June, 2007

In a new sequel of the NZZ's climate change series, Kiran Nagarkar affords a lung-clogging view from Bombay, where this winter the smog was a block of dirty concrete that started a couple of metres from where you stood and stretched all the way to the sky.
read more

Farewell to spice and curry

Wednesday 3 January, 2006

Once relegated to the minor leagues of the "developing world", India is now rising to the status of a leading power - and not only technologically and economically. Its ongoing social revolution is reflected in the literary realm as well. Claudia Kramatschek introduces a new generation of writers, a far cry from the country's senior cultural ambassadors of yesteryear.
read more

Bombay: Hieronymus Bosch on acid

Monday 2 October, 2006

Policemen as chief Mafiosi, gangster bosses as Hollywood icons, politics run by religion and businesses run by fear: Bombay the mega-city of schizophrenias. An exercise in the art of the poisonous declaration of love by Ilija Trojanow.
read more

The last station

Thursday 20 July, 2006

Indian author Kiran Nagarkar thought he knew a thing or two about terrorism, having recently written a novel about "God's Little Soldier." But when the terrorists struck last week in Mumbai he was left with a feeling of disbelief, dismay and incomprehension.
read more

Violence in the Land of Non-violence

Monday 2 May 2005

Indian religion, philosophy and the peaceful revolution of Mahatma Gandhi have defined India's image abroad. The West has trouble making sense of the violence that is manifested in religious and political conflicts and everyday crime in India. But are philosophy and reality really at odds with one another? By Bernard Imhasly
read more