Those who are away from home miss it the most. But as they say, if you are feeling homesick, it means you come from a happy home.

Celebrating India’s Independence Day with some episodes of Shyam Benegal’s version of Bharat Ek Khoj. I’ve left reading Nehru’s Discovery of India half way some time back in Ahmedabad. I’ll make sure to finish it soon. Our history and inheritance is so overwhelming, one can hardly claim to understand it all. Positive or not, in the past or in the present, India does make a splendid subject or background to a story, fictional or otherwise.

And yet today’s political and many social circumstances often makes one wonder if contemporary India is a fanfiction version of a glorious past. No matter how much we love to nitpick, we all have a version of India in our hearts that we love and cherish…

Speaking of fanfiction, check out this Oped-youth page in today’s Tribune: Tales that never end. [or ePaper version] about how some people literally put their imagination to use in continuing their version of some favourite stories…



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