<Colombia> This week, at Trinity College, we are hosting one of my favorite contemporary writers, the Colombian novelist and travel writer Santiago Gamboa. If you live in the area, and are free on Wednesday, I hope you'll swing by and listen to his lecture. It will reflect on his time in India. In his novel - Night Prayers - Santiago meditates on the tree outside the Mexican embassy, where Octavio Paz lived and worked and of which he had written movingly. Sitting in his balcony in the Embassy, Paz had written of Delhi,
You were covered with poems
your whole body was writing
recover the words
you are beautiful
you know how to talk and sing and dance.
I wish Amitava Kumar would come, because he'd enjoy it instinctively.
Just finished writing my introduction. Hope it comes alive.
October in Peking, April in Hartford.
— with Santiago Gamboa.