February 19, 2020
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15 Years Ago

Soma Wadhwa and others, on the trend of having one child: “It’s bizarre, this huge pressure to keep breeding in an overpopulated country bursting at its seams! As if Indians are on the verge of extinction. Sundry relatives, the landlady, even the cleaning bai, have by turns suggested we have another child!” guffaws Chinmay Lahiri, doting father to a nine-year-old. Much less amused at being asked to procreate by random strangers, his wife Suparna uses a curt reply she’s honed over the years. http://bit.ly/1BQ7Pfq

10 Years Ago

Smruti Koppikar, on the slow dying away of Irani restaurants:  For the 999th time, you negotiate the well-worn marble steps, walk across the old mosaic and marble patterned floor, choose your favourite mahogany marble-top or chequered-cloth glasstop table, look around the wood-panelled and mirrored walls, choose a feather-light wooden chair and survey the place. A familiar set of eyes greet yours, almost as if he was expecting you. http://bit.ly/1GXXfWR

5 Years Ago

Arundhati Roy, in the jungles with the Maoists: The terse, typewritten note slipped under my door in a sealed envelope confirmed my appointment with India’s Gravest Internal Security Threat. I’d been waiting for months to hear from them. I had to be at the Ma Danteshwari mandir in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh, at any of four given times on two given days. http://bit.ly/1AAwhxs

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