The pandemic has not dimmed Bengaluru’s passion for beer. Back in 2019, in what feels like a different era, we wrote in our cover story on Bengaluru’s breweries that “in Bengaluru, beer is the new coffee”. At that time, we reported, the city had 55-60 microbreweries – today, that number has crossed 100 with new outposts of well-known brands and the brewery culture spreading to the slightly more far-flung areas of the ever-expanding metropolis, like Sarjapur Road, HSR Layout, Electronic City and Kanakpura Road (till now best known for hosting the headquarters of the Art Of Living Foundation).
Mattoo has published six books, including The Mystic And The Lyric in 2019, where she has translated the four women poets of Kashmir (14th-18th centuries): Lal Ded, Habba Khatoon, Rupa Bhawani and Arnimal. Her new book, The Greatest Kashmiri Stories Ever Told: Selected And Translated By Neerja Mattoo (Aleph Book Company), features early practitioners of the craft like Diananth Nadim—his Reply-paid Card (1948) is considered to be the first Kashmiri short story—Somnath Zutshi, Sufi Ghulam Mohammad and contemporary writers like Dheeba Nazir.