1. Bombay Super’s online radio
2. Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ta-Nehisi Coates, who writes for The Atlantic, consistently offers a refreshing and omnivorous take on culture, politics, privilege and being a minority in America. As someone who works in the admittedly niche field of “mass atrocity prevention,” I’ve really come to appreciate Coates’ accessible ruminations on the politics of evil. Take for example this piece from back in November 2013, where he argued
Part of the job of writers, historian, artists and intellectuals is not allow evil to become inhuman, amorphous and globulous, to make sure that we don’t get lazy, that the contours of particular evils are delineated and precise.
3. The Lunchbox
4. Chinaman, Shehan Karunatilaka
I’m so glad that I picked up this novel while browsing a friend’s bookshelf looking for a quick read on the plane last week. A witty and weighty book, Chinaman is a unique combination of detective story, sports commentary and Sri Lankan politics. I have to admit that understanding and loving cricket — like I do — makes this novel much more enjoyable. However, Karunatilaka’s rich prose, snarky one liners and self-awareness make it worthwhile reading for anyone, even if you couldn’t imagine sitting through a five day long test match.
5. Saravana Bhavan
6. This acoustic cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”