The 299 Ramayanas That Just Won’t Go Away

I recently read The Collected Essays of A.K.Ramanujan. I bought the book to read an essay called “Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation”, an essay written by Ramanujan in 1987. I was unaware of the existence of this essay, and of Ramanujan, till I learnt that the Delhi University removed this…

My Uncle Bash

My earliest memory of him is at my maternal home on Desai Road, Nairobi: my Uncle Bash, my Bashmama. He is just married. My two elder sisters and me, then 4 or 5 years old, are there for the marriage. My Bashmama, this exceedingly debonair cosmopolitan uncle, with his French Beard, with his dark complexion,…