20 October, 2020

Travels To Other Dawns

Illuminates history, offers fresh perspective, pares the onion that is a place to reveal its quintessence.

Travels To Other Dawns
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A travelogue with a difference, this. One that illuminates history, offers fresh perspective, pares the onion that is a place to reveal its quintessence. In the process, of course, it tells us very human stories that make us smile, laugh out loud and sometimes get jol­ted. Hard. At other times it evokes poetry that makes the heart sing.

Hariharan, a Palghat Tamil brought up in Mumbai, Manila, resident variously of Chennai, Bangalore, New York and now a Delhi denizen, wonders aloud how to respond to the classic opening line of any Indian conversation “ ... What is your ‘native’ place?”! A complex question that doesn’t admit a pat response. There’s a part of everywhere within us all: wherever we’ve lived impacts us, claims us, even as it belongs to us. We’re all residents, at least in our heads, of the anycity Hari­ha­ran fantasises about—here there’s everything we loved about any place we’ve ever passed through: Mumbai’s sea, Delhi’s greens, New York’s palpable buzz,...

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