Bombay, Bombay, India
December 31
Icy Highs is the writerly alter ego of Tharun James Jimani, author of 90s pop culture novel, 'Cough Syrup Surrealism' (Fingerprint! Publishing, 2013). He has lived in Chennai, Glasgow, Dusseldorf, London and Singapore over the last twelve years, and is- in Animal Planet parlance- a 'serial immigrant', and averse to nesting. He writes to keep the moss from gathering.


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FEBRUARY 17, 2015 3:22AM

Tuesdays With Fatboy

To say Fatboy has a penchant for drama is like saying Hrithik Roshan is not crazy about defeat. He actively pursues opportunities for unleashing said histrionic tendencies too, which is why I hadn't been looking forward to Fatboy's impending visit. But he seems pensive somehow, almost distracted/… Read full post »

JANUARY 14, 2015 3:31AM


I look around, and pause again to take them all in, as I have done numerous times on this trip. We're all here, the original gang of four, chilling like it's 1999, like numerous summer vacations spent lounging under rubber trees in our paternal home playing made-up games and swapping made-up… Read full post »
APRIL 22, 2014 3:18AM

Something Corporate


When I first watched Cinema Paradiso as a ten year old boy, this much was clear: much like the chosen savior of a clan here, a princess there in the many martial arts movies that populated my VHS collection, I would have to save Cinema. Not in terms of making good/… Read full post »

MARCH 16, 2014 8:25AM

I Fought The Law (And The Law Won)

Usually at this hour, we'd be bouncing over by-roads and ghosting through residential lanes. Not today though. Today, I'm sober- and consequently, the designated driver- so we're taking the high road, both moral and physical. I'm quite looking forward to being stopped by one of the many poli… Read full post »
MARCH 3, 2014 2:43AM

Bringing Up Uncle

I’ve always taken my uncling responsibilities seriously. Even before my little nephew was born, this much was clear to me: growing up, I didn’t have an elder male figure I could depend on to bail me out of trouble, or even to show me the ropes to basic adult stuff like shaving i/Read full post »

JANUARY 29, 2014 10:35AM

What would Fatboy do?

Fatboy is always telling me to go easy on myself. And cigarettes. And coke. He's also the only person in the world who has consistently and blindly held onto the notion that there is some amount- however small- of goodness in me. Anyway, because Fatboy is always chanting self-help plat/… Read full post »

JANUARY 16, 2014 5:11AM

The Way Way Back (2013): Review


We've seen this one before: the story arc, the characters, most of the setting, even the visual treatment. Despite which the directorial debut of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (the scriptwriter duo behind the equally we've-seen-this-all-before Descendants), The Way Way Back (2013/… Read full post »

JANUARY 12, 2014 4:01AM

The Wolf of Wall Street (2014): Review

Ok, first things first: The Wolf is no Gecko.

Does it glorify the stockbroking trade and its many ruthless miscreants? Not really, because it tells us very little about what exactly they did that was so wrong, other than make unholy amounts of money and spend it on hookers and midget-ball a/… Read full post »


Never ones for conformity, Fatboy and I have had our own version of Christmas (or bridal shower, depending on how you look at it) ever since Sara Markose crRead full post »

NOVEMBER 26, 2013 2:03PM

Bro's Your Daddy

Ever a sucker for a good old-fashioned Bollywood romance, I was probably more thrilled than the newly-weds themselves when my childhood friend and his college girlfriend pulled off the star-crossed wedding of the century. Parents were threatened with suicide and fasts-unto-death a/

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NOVEMBER 19, 2013 5:53PM

Man, Interrupted


It was probably my fault. In a moment of weakness, brought on by a severely late night that I could have avoided and sheer physical inability to face the day before the sun had started its mournful descend down the clock, I found myself boarding a KSRTC Super Fast… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2013 5:53AM

Going Viral

Without the necessary precautions, it's the sort of thing that could happen to anybody, but you somehow never imagine it could happen to you. Blissfully in denial, I ignored the obvious symptoms for the first couple of days: the tell-tale sting, the burning sensation, the constant itching. It's/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2013 1:29PM

Riding In Cars With Boys

Few things intimidate me like the sight of a blank page. That probably sounds like the kind of thing you'd expect a writer to say. But that's not the sort of thing I'm talking about: I'm literally terrified of blank pages. I keep thinking they'll rise up from the spines of books… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 4:30AM

The Language of Privilege

In an austerity bid that would have made Obama proud, I cut down on some frills last month and cancelled cable, internet, my subscription to The Hindu newspaper, and pretty much all social commitments that involved leaving the house. The last part naturally necessitated some maneuvering, so as t/… Read full post »


See my little nephew and I, we're practically peas in a pod. The little guy is all me, it must be like genetic or something- and I don't mean manic depressive or creepily-silent-around-women. I mean the curiosity, the wonder, the non-stop questions, the frequency of hair gel-induced diRead full post »

AUGUST 17, 2013 1:30AM

Hey there, Delilah

We both know, that if last night had happened a few weeks ago, or days even, maybe, I would not be bent over my laptop right now, coaxing words out of keys that don't love me anymore. No, I'd probably still be asleep, to put it charitably- 'unconscious' is how they… Read full post »

The 'pop culture surrogate' is a great human tradition that dates back to the very beginning of time, when a heartbroken, recently-dumped caveman gingerly stepped up to the wall and doodled a pair of breasts significantly bigger than the ones he had been in close contact with until recently. Over

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The Mothership, hardcore Mallu that she is, has a tendency to assume the worst about North Indians- or as we call them in private, 'Hindi people'. Her definition of 'Hindi people' is a wide, sweeping, arc that covers just about every inch of the country north of Bangalore. Naturally, she wa/… Read full post »

An excerpt from my novel, COUGH SYRUP SURREALISM (2013), Fingerprint! Publishing 


We could be soulmates. Meaning, we weren’t, yet. Meaning, there was a chance that we were soul mates, but she really wasn’t sure. This was disturbing news.&

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JULY 5, 2013 5:54AM

Fair Weather Girlfriend

This time, I’m mad. I’ve had enough. This would be the third guy in just the last couple of hours. And they were all a certain type, too: skin like leather, topis so colourful they could be flags, a lilt in their tones that evoked in the listener’s mind images of story-tellers/… Read full post »

Countless years ago, on a fairly mundane but ominous-in-retrospect Thursday evening on the eve of my seventh birthday, my father had The Conversation that all Mallu Dads must at some point, usually on the eve of their son’s seventh birthday, have with their male progeny. “Son,&r

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JUNE 22, 2013 10:55AM


When Girlfriend and I set off on a trek around Kasol a day after my book launch, the rules were clear: personal hygiene would be a personal choice. No judgments would be made, no snide comments would be passed and we would spend our days in sun-soaked, rain-drenched Himalayan hermitage inRead full post »

MAY 21, 2013 1:03PM

Cutie's got a face, now.

 So I've been threatening to publish my novel for a while now. I'm glad to tell you my baby's finally got a face, and a release date. And a Facebook page, because nothing screams AUTHENTIC more than a Facebook page, right? The cover's below, and here's the link to the page:… Read full post »

MAY 4, 2013 7:24AM

Because Pop Will Eat Itself

The wonderful Songs of my Life is looking for music lovers to tell them about their three favourite songs. Here are mine:




Released in 1991 as a split single feat. Nirvana and The Melvins covering the Velvet Underground’s ‘Here She… Read full post »

"No, of course I'm not bored," I assured her, "just thought you may want to try something new. You're what, 25? Live a little!" 

''Oh I know it's not like there's nothing left to try," she said, "I even have a list. It's not that. I'm just not that interested in theatre or...Read full post »