One of the good things about starting a blog, hibernating and then starting up again is there is so much stuff that I had mentally filed away that I am downloading now as posts. I’m sure I’ll run out soon and then go on another multi year hiatus. For example I loved this interview/conversation between Parul Sehgal and Durga Chew Bose, partly because she mentions that her family were refugees from Pakistan to India during the partition. I love knowing these details about desi people, it feels important to me.
Anyway, I was reminded of this piece because she was on a podcast on Slate, called I Have to Ask by Isaac Chotiner. Both the pieces are interesting on what it means to be a critic but only the first even touches on what it means to be desi, even though she does mention her grandmother in both pieces.