Hello. My name is Himadri, and I’m an argumentative old git.
Well, no, I’m not really – but it’s best to be self-deprecating before someone else deprecates you.
I started this blog in February 2010, a few days after I turned 50, not really knowing what direction it would take. I had a vague idea of writing about books, and sharing my views and opinions on literary matters. And maybe a few other matters as well. And have occasional intemperate rants about things I feel strongly about. What I think I was hoping for was a sort of literary cyber-café, where like-minded people can drop in and discuss literature.
I can, I realise, be opinionated at times, but I do think it a mark of civilised discourse that one may disagree without being disagreeble. Even on the internet!
As for other matters, I am Indian by birth, English by residence, Scottish by upbringing, and am happy with all three parts of me. I am, by profession, an operational research analyst; I live near London with my wife, who has put up with me now for over 30 years. Our two children, one boy and one girl, are now both students – one at university, one at a conservatoire – and, outside term time, the family house is still their home. And what little spare time I have is taken up with reading, listening to classical music, boozing, conversing in convivial company, and, lately, indulging my logorrhoea on this blog.
Please feel free to join in. I look forward to hearing from you.