with Samit Basu, author
Bought more films – best pick was landmark anime film Akira, though Cinema Paradiso is always a good acquisition. Watched more Woody Allens, Bananas very tasty, also ate at Andhra Bhavan. This was Saturday lunch, and Im still full. Up all night Saturday night talking, laughing hysterically at remembered tales of throwing chairs at teachers and climbing out of windows and chasing mad librarians down stairs and explaining to Stoob that the key to understanding me is knowing that Maxwell’s Silver Hammer is my favourite Beatles song. Heard lots of scary stories too…times that people I thought i knew everything about have been, well, mistreated as children, or almost lynched by angry mobs. Slept sporadically through Sunday. Some other stuff happened, significant, but cant remember what. Extremely memorable Monday morning, though.
February is almost here. This time last year, I was winding up in Telegraph, getting sent to Goa as reward for four cover stories on the trot, and vaguely heading outlookwards. How time flies, etc.
as told to Samit Basu