The Global Jigsaw

Pallavi Aiyar
Global travel and culture
Created 02 Feb 2021
  • Indonesia's Islamic rain shamans
    23 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 0 3
    Dearest Global Jigsawers, Many of you have been with me on this weekly journey of connecting the dots across the world for almost a year. We’ll be celebrating our first birthday in February. I want to...
  • The story of the zero
    18 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 2 2
    Learning a language is the process of becoming. Babble becomes meaningful as you gain syntactical felicity. Undifferentiated noise becomes words that conjure objects and actions. Where in the beginnin...
  • Cohen
    11 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Almost exactly 5 years ago, I wandered the streets of Tokyo, recording myself singing loudly and sadly – an act viewed as akin to madness in Japan. It was my way of paying tribute to the great lyricis...
  • The confessions of an atheist
    10 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 2 8
    Hola All, I recently visited the, still incomplete, Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona. The front façade, which depicts the nativity, is a cross between theme park and rocket ship; the overall kine...
  • When I revert please come from the backside only.
    04 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 4 5
    Dear Friends, First off, a very Happy Diwali to everyone. We wish you wonderful things for the coming year: health, good books, deep sleep, gelato and the courage to be the light, not the noise. Even ...
  • Of surprises: Vikram Seth, The Tang Dynasty and Picasso's pointillism
    02 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Hello, My lovely Global Jigsaw subscribers. It’s time for a little poetry. Vikram Seth is one of my favourite poets. He is witty and pithy and he rhymes, which is a rarity is today’s free-form world. ...
  • China: The America of Asia
    28 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 1 3
    Hello Global Jigsawers, I can’t believe its almost November. In a month’s time I’ll be winging my way to India, after two loooong years. I’d never been away from my hometown for longer than a few mont...
  • Tagore, Japan and the Stray Birds of Summer
    26 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Hola Folks, Since you have had the great sense (and generosity) to support The Global Jigsaw by subscribing, I will be sending you the gift of poems, mid-week, every week. Last Tuesday we began with s...
  • Naples: Calcutta with Baroque
    22 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 0 3
    I visited Naples earlier this month. Although only a two-hour flight from Madrid, it felt like a continent away – or more specifically like a certain subcontinent that many of you, gentle readers, are...
  • A poetic interlude
    19 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 1
    My dearest Global Jigsawers, This is going out as a special to paid members of our community. As a token of my appreciation of your support I will be sending you guys a poem, or four, a week. Between ...
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