I intend to use this as a forum to express my views on subjects dear to my heart – literature of all kinds, specially Urdu but others that I know of also, the (sadly disappearing) culture of Lucknow, the joys of reading, the vagaries of language, the quirks of history and a multitude of other topics and issues I may feel like voicing my opinion on….. for whatever it counts. I will also share some experiences – personal or public ones I was witness to – not on the hope that someone might consider them interesting – but because they must be shared, I feel.
I must add a couple of words about myself. A mix of the Indo-Persian cultural ethos, the teachings of Pyrrho and Marcus Aurelius AND existentialism and some other trends (which I do not propose to overawe you with) – which possibly makes me sui generis and an intellectual snob, of types – I have a fondness for the offbeat, obscure and the irrelevant. I think that is sufficient – for the moment.