Gaiman on Writing

Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors. Although I have discovered him relatively recently and read few of his works, I admire both his writing style and his power as a storyteller, and would recommend all three of his books that I have read: The View From The Cheap Seats, American Gods and Good Omens (Gaiman + Pratchett, so you really can’t go wrong with that one). So when I stumbled upon his interview on Tim Ferriss’ podcast, I played it at once and listened intently. It was loaded with captivating anecdotes and nuggets of literary wisdom, some of … Continue reading Gaiman on Writing

Celebrating Caltech’s Newest Hero

This Thursday, Caltech hosted an open-air reception for its newest Nobel Laureate, Frances Arnold. For this no-holds-barred block party-style celebration, the quaint Olive Walk was transformed into something of an open-air chemistry lab. Shelves of beakers holding fuming colourful ‘chemicals’ (courtesy dye water and dry ice) formed the backdrop to food stalls doling out chemistry-themed dishes. The food on offer consisted of meatballs, salad, drinks and, best of all, petri-plated desserts (pana cotta and trail mix).What’s more, the food stalls were also handing out lapel pins with the now-famous Wolfird – a wolf-bird hybrid representing the potential of Prof. Arnold’s … Continue reading Celebrating Caltech’s Newest Hero

Mahim Dargah

This is an article I’d written in 2013 for the special edition of the annual magazine of my housing society, commemorating our society’s 50th year. It was one of a series of articles written by youngsters in the community offering their take on the people and places that were a fixture in our daily lives. In 1431, on the island of Mahim, a Mosque was built by Sultan Ahmed Shah of Gujarat  on the burial site of the Sufi saint Makhdum Fakir Ali Paru, better known as Makhdoom ali Mahimi. Little did its architects think that the mosque would stand … Continue reading Mahim Dargah

National Library, Singapore

Singapore is a city of libraries. And not old, stone-and-mortar temples of stored wisdom, but swanking glass-and-steel epitomes of knowledge in the information age – dynamic, authoritative and accessible. While other places revere their libraries as relics of the past, Singapore celebrates them as windows to the future. This attitude is embodied in the very structure of the National Library building, a soaring reinterpretation of the library that places it at the heart of 21st century intelligentsia. In design and in function, the National Library building transcends the library’s historic role as a storehouse of information and aspires to be … Continue reading National Library, Singapore