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Ah, Sweet Mystery of Youth

Dr. Borphitz, the walrus-moustached Stalin-look-alike Austrian psychiatrist inside my head, leaned forward with an intrigued expression.‘Vot are ze zymptoms?’ he asked.‘Ambition. Discontent. Boredom. Restlessness,’ I replied. ‘Sleeplessness. Daydreams. Occasional compulsive indulgence in addictive substances. Intense, inexplicable attraction to nearest available young woman. Much pontification on the lines of “What does it all mean?” and “Where … Continue reading

The TOI Saratchandra article

As Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Sanjay Dutt-Saif Khan starrer Parineeta rolls into our lives with yet another sprawling array of lavish sets, period costumes and haunting melodies, a large chunk of our nation’s devoted movie-watching public will be reading the credits and wondering, once again, ‘Based on the novel by Sarat who?’But Indian audiences down the … Continue reading

Cover version

Good news from Penguin; Simoqin is being rejacketed, and the Manticore cover will be in the same design. Which means I have to dig up my original list of cover ideas, work on it a little, and send them my suggestions. If you have any blindingly good ideas for the cover, now is the time … Continue reading

Neil Gaiman on reviews

Reviews are opinions. That’s all. And I’ve had so many of them over the years that they tend not to stay in my head longer than it takes to read them. When I was much younger I’d walk around the house and put together long letters in my head to the reviewers I’d never send. … Continue reading

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June 2005