Artist is the angel of surplus. Tagore and his aesthetics. The genius shrouded in unwanted reverence by the middle class bengali (a dangerous breed in itself). Take away the unwanted cult-like reverence and you have one of the greatest thinkers of the century. Tagore and gandhi. Gurudev and the mahatma. While the latter was more austere and almost anti-aesthetic, gurudev was more rich in his aesthetic thought. The feminists would hold a lot against him, what with his regressive “gruhalaxmis” and the petite-dainty female depictions, his womanising way. But all said and done, deconstructing tagore yeilds a lot. His short stories, take on society, his writings on art and beauty and especially his view on the ‘civilization project’ ( I abhor the term, I swear).
As for phal’s tag (no one ever defies her, ever)… the 10 best foods and places to find them… here goes…
1.indonesian satay at lemon grass. Its an all time favorite restaurant.
2.tandoori pomfret at gazalee, this down market location and bad ambience is shrouded in the divine food and spicy sol kadi.
3. aloo poshto and fish fry at o calcutta. I swear I could die.
4. lemon souffle at arthurs theme in poona. Feather light. Subtle. Heaven.
5. pizzas and honey chicken made by my old friend arghya, who is across a sea now. Yumm!
6. lemon chicken at ‘china town’, ashram road in ahmedabad.
7. parathas and chutneys at parathey wali galli. Purani dilli, chandni chowk. Hai!
8. anjeers in winter. Its pure sex. Trust me.
9. pethas from mathura (the agra ones are gross and sickeningly sweet). But these are sublime. How could man make something so fruit like and so juicy?
10. roadside chicken shawarma. Lebenon you rock, country! Juicy raddishes and pickled veggies, cream, mayo, garlic and succulent chicken.