Category Archives: History

A passion for landscape, poetry and what forms an inner life

By Minal Vazirani

Looking out at the crowded New York street, the hurried columns of pedestrians dressed in grey and blue seemed to shift the city structures with their frenetic pace, while I sat — trying to be patient — for what I knew would be a thoughtful response. I was with Ram Kumar discussing his work and what altered his perception as he removed figuration from his displaced landscapes in Benaras.  After a long pause, he finally smiled at me and said, quietly and confidently, “It’s what I think and imagine and then how I translate it.” He defined his painting process in simple terms, but it spoke volumes about him as a person. It was about beginning with the first glance and perception, expanding with creativity and ultimately finishing with the lyrical nuances only a poet like Kumar could infuse into his work. Continue reading A passion for landscape, poetry and what forms an inner life

My grandpa built a library for future generations

By Purva Grover

As a child, I didn’t know that my maternal grandpa was a scholar. He was a doctor — I knew that — from the black nameplate that hung outside the door — Dr Krishan Dhavan. But what kind of doctor, I was unsure of. Doctors wear stethoscopes, right? He didn’t. Neither did I know that he was an important, famous man. He was just Nana, simple. Continue reading My grandpa built a library for future generations

How prepared can a city be for an earthquake? Very, turns out

By Bernd Debusmann Jr.

At 11 minutes before midnight local time on Thursday, September 7, Mexico was jolted by a magnitude 8.1 earthquake — the strongest in a century. Despite the fact that over 90 people were left dead and that scores of buildings were destroyed in the south of the country, many Mexicans breathed a sigh of relief. Things could have been far worse. Continue reading How prepared can a city be for an earthquake? Very, turns out