A Sighting of the Lord!

The current pervading moroseness in society, over women’s safety, tempts me to scan a recent memory; of a dark and sooty Kartika night when I stood stranded for two hours by a lone tea stall along the Bhubaneswar-Puri highway. I had got…

A Date with Street-snacks and begging

‘From food all creatures are produced. And all creatures that dwell on earth, by food they live and into food they finally pass. Food is the chief among beings. Verily he obtains all good who worships the Divine as food.’ (Taittiriya…

Al Chiki, a date with the colourful Santalis!

At the Chanakya BNR heritage hotel in Puri, on an October 2012 forenoon, I am sitting with fourteen Santali translators to finalize the anthology of forty post-independent Odia short stories in Santali translation. The men, led by Dr…