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Drugs that Raze Out the Troubles of the Brain … Then Enslave

Drugs that Raze Out the Troubles of the Brain … Then Enslave Imagine living in a world with just one mirror, a mirror that is permanently fogged up except for one square centimeter of clear space in which you must see yourself. That’s what you are risking when you take that first Read More →

An Ultra-Short History of Conquest or, Global Hegemony 101

The History of Conquest from Prehistoric Times to the 1920s: In the jolly old days, conquering other countries was a venerable sport, guaranteed to work wonders for everything from your image to your complexion. It was easy as picking your Read More →

Conquest, Inc. – A Time-Sharing Enterprise

Secret Offer for Non-Superpowers: Limited Expansion Opportunities Now Opening! NOT A SUPERPOWER YET? NOT TO WORRY! NOW YOU, TOO, CAN JOIN CONQUEST, INC., A TIME-SHARING ENTERPRISE (The Coalition of Willing Sidekicks) Non-superpowers of the World! Have you given up your Read More →

“Railway Man” and “Eaten by the Japanese”

As Japanese Prime Minister Abe continues to deny his country’s history, perhaps this piece, that I wrote some time back, comes to mind: I just saw Railway Man, the movie based on the bestselling book: the true story of Eric Read More →

The Killing of an Author: The New Preface

[Before you even start, this essay or edition is an afterthought; The Killing of an Author has been loved by some wonderful people--and was No. 1 on a list of books recommended by NDTV, for a couple of months. It Read More →


The Revised Kama Sutra could be the story of your life . . . Its approach to sex is warm, sensitive and very, very funny.

- Business Standard

Indefatigable good humor transcends the personal to stand for the contradictions of India as a whole. Considerable charm.

- Publishers Weekly, USA

[Eaten by the Japanese is] a tale of unmitigated horror. A handsome tribute to a man of courage and rectitude.

- Khushwant Singh

I salute you as a full-fledged colleague. Yes, I am reading you and finding you very funny!

- Kurt Vonnegut

Absolutely spectacular . . .a hilarious novel, full of wit and glib language, with a whole lot of compassion thrown in.

- Afternoon Despatch & Courier