Many of you are coming to The Middle Stage for the first time because of Arzee the Dwarf. So here is a selection of eight posts from the last four years that I think provide a fairly representative idea of what this site is about, what my ideas about literature, politics, and culture are, and what my methods are like:
"On Patrick French's biography of VS Naipaul" – "On the Autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi" – "Salman Rushdie and Midnight's Diaspora" – "English and Hindi in Vikram Chandra's Sacred Games" – "On Mukul Kesavan's The Ugliness of the Indian Male" – "Tigers in the poetry of William Blake and Salabega" – "On Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth" – and "Fakir Mohan Senapati's Roundabout Fictions".
Looking through these old essays, I also had occasion to read once again the many sharp and perceptive comments, not all of them complimentary, that you, my readers, have made in response to them. I thank you for your contributions, and hope that you will continue to write, as I will.