The gaajar ka halwa came in a tiny orange dome, grooved on all sides from the mould it was made on, like some architectural detail from a Mughal tomb, inlaid with slivers of pistachio. You’ll have to forgive my flights of poetry, but Asma Khan’s food demands—and provokes—nothing less. Food, for Asma, is not simply […]
Looking back at 2018, it seems like this year has been a tipping point of sorts. Not so much #MeToo but #Meat?Oo! Vegans have come out of the woods, and staked a claim to the mainstream. Supermarket shelves are stocked with vegan products — some now have whole aisles dedicated to plant-based, meat-free, dairy-free, cruelty-free […]
‘Poetry can repair no loss,’ John Berger writes, ‘but it defies the space which separates.’ This year, The Clearing has commissioned seven writers to mark the Remembrance Day of Lost Species. The second of these is by Anita Roy.
A novel borne out of an earthquake, a departed friend, and a translation from which lost voices rise.
A walk in wild Wales along the Pembrokeshire coastal path involves close encounters with puffins, seals and shearwaters…
Three thousand years of sex in just under 250 pages is a tall order for anyone, so for this ground-breaking anthology, Amrita Narayanan skillfully cherry-picks some delicious fruit from across the subcontinent’s literary (and oral) traditions.
Review of Sarah Perry’s bestseller, The Essex Serpent
Forget about fish and chips on the Costa Del Sol. Spain offers a cornucopia of tasty delights for the adventurous palette. Anita Roy went there to widen her horizons – and her waistline.
When Pandit Ravi Shankar passed away in December 2010, writers and musicians the world over struggled to convey just how great a contribution he had made. His friend and collaborator, the avant garde composer Philip Glass, put it succinctly: “It may be hard to imagine that one person through the force of his talent, energy […]
The grand spectacle of the annual migration of British expats from India, in the summer of 1997. To be narrated ideally in Attenboroughesque hushed tones.