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Shvetal Vyas
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Am I because I think I am?
Am I because I think I am?

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Being A Minority in an Authoritarian State: Some Thoughts on the Death of Srinivas Kuchibothla
An Indian man was killed in America last week in a racial crime. It is a tragedy and my heart goes out to the victim’s family, left suddenly shattered, trying to make sense of something random and pointless. I could not get the incident out of my mind, and ...
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11 Child Approved Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers
As my daughter grew, the books we read changed. I read a lot of different books to my daughter not only for her sake but also for the sake of my sanity! I end up reading some books over and over again, but if I read from a wide range, then the number of fav...
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My blog post was published in Huffington Post India. 
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What Historians Do
One bestselling Indian author ignited a minor controversy recently when he asked on Twitter what historians do . The Twitter universe gave him sardonic replies, and to be truthful, I enjoyed some of them immensely. But here's the thing. I rarely follow busi...
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The Many Maps of Google
Google is the deity of our secularized world. It opens up a whole world of information to one’s fingertips, and as someone who is given to ‘googling’ random questions quite often, I am quite aware of its seductions and the pleasures of giving in to them. Cr...
The Many Maps of Google
The Many Maps of Google
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Of Celebrity
In more optimistic times, I too was a part of the gym going world. This was around a year after I'd arrived in Adelaide. Following a health scare and inspired by the Australians who showed up at the beach near our house to run irrespective of the weather, I...
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13 Toddler-Approved Picture Books
In Shabdita's first year, we read to her intermittently. She enjoyed it, and I bought a variety of books for her, but we were not able to get a routine going where we would read to her everyday. I started reading to her regularly in Canberra as a way of kee...
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Shvetal Vyas commented on a post on Blogger.
Hi Tanuj. I find your premise very interesting. I gave up on Kundera a long time ago, but perhaps its time to revisit. About your central premise, I was thinking of something similar when I read Gone Girl last year. Sorry for introducing pop culture, by the way :) Its just that in a murder mystery supposed to thrill, the plot was driven by the performative scripts that drive our emotions. A man is judged when he does not show the requisite grief required when his wife goes missing, and he is conscious of the extent to which his emotions are shaped by what is expected from a husband whose wife is missing. I enjoyed the read, but it left me wondering: if the discursive framings of our subjectivities are the stuff of popular bestsellers (not that it can't or shouldn't be), how are the serious writers going to talk about these things without sounding pretentious or irrelevant?  
The Milan Kundera Joke
The Milan Kundera Joke
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Shvetal Vyas commented on a post on Blogger.
Funny :) 
Ellen I think this is meant to be a caricature. Am sure Anneli knows that there are other novels. 
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The 15 Hierarchies: An Introduction to Decoloniality
We live in a free world. Free being a relative word, of course. There are situations when governments and the powers of one country are controlled by other, more powerful countries and conglomerates, and there are situations wherein some countries are blata...
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