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Amit Chaudhuri

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Slipping Into Silence

Slipping Into Silence

Aug 26, 2000

The renaissance Bengali, a being always about to vanish from history into silence, has now probably ceased to exist.

Wage A War To Win Your Peace

Wage A War To Win Your Peace

Jan 18, 2003

The Constitution, not the Hindu Right, grants the Muslim his place in the country. It's his Indianness he can use as a weapon of assertion.

Literature: Buddhadev Bose

Literature: Buddhadev Bose

Aug 10, 2002

To make a pronouncement on who might be the pre-eminent literary figure of post-independence India is both foolish and difficult...

Oh, For The Return Of The Clown Prince

Oh, For The Return Of The Clown Prince

Sep 03, 2005

Give us the Rushdie who is louche, open to enthusiasm, strange yet intimate, who could be himself rather than one burdened to produce a major work

Gently Down The Stream

Gently Down The Stream

Jan 31, 2009

Kolatkar's last offerings relish carrying mortality's burden

Non-Fiction

Non-Fiction

Dec 17, 2010

Bloodaxe’s edition of the Collected Poems of Arun Kolatkar, edited by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, reveals how provocative and inventive its bohemianism once was.

The Rise Of A Passionate Schmaltziness

The Rise Of A Passionate Schmaltziness

Mar 26, 2011

The widely accepted India-as-an-experience model has, alarmingly, sacrificed the specific and heightened conceit

Shoe

Shoe

Jul 08, 2011

The writer-musician-singer offers us an exclusive poem on an anti-offering

Room For Words

Room For Words

Apr 20, 2012

His working day—his surroundings, his routine, the conditions that allow him to write

Found Music Down Free School Street

Found Music Down Free School Street

Jan 24, 2013

At the Park Street-Middleton Row corner, speckled with iconic establishments, infected with old joie de vivre, one can sense a ‘modern’ past feeling for the future. In Calcutta.

On the Same Page

On the Same Page

Mar 08, 2013

He had given Hitchens his vote, and his views remain unchanged

Amit Chaudhuri

Amit Chaudhuri

Oct 25, 2013

“Of Reticent Bureaucratic Air”

“Of Reticent Bureaucratic Air”

Jun 19, 2015

The unsettling, the divine and the destitute.

Unadorned Doors

Unadorned Doors

Jan 28, 2016

This photgraph is of all that CPI leader A.B. Bardhan left behind when he died recently. Writer Amit Chaudhuri responds to it, ruminating on life, death and possessions.

Hunger Strike

Hunger Strike

Aug 27, 2011

A few had stopped to look; others/ walked on, some / quickening their pace, many / unmindful of what had caught the attention of the few...

The Act Of Listening

The Act Of Listening

Oct 22, 2010

I did my best to escape music as a child, running very fast whenever my mother tried to teach me the Tagore songs she sang so beautifully, but my genes ensured music would eventually return to me, or I to it...

A Professor Of Poetry

A Professor Of Poetry

May 01, 2009

Amit Chaudhuri and Peter D McDonald explain why they took the initiative in nominating Arvind Krishna Mehrotra for the position of Oxford's Professorship of Poetry, the most high-profile in British poetry after the laureateship

'A Completely Egoless Candidate'

'A Completely Egoless Candidate'

May 17, 2009

Although Arvind Krishna Mehrotra did not win Oxford Professor of Poetry elections, the large mandate he received 'shows that a real departure from well-worn insularity and familiarity has been achieved'.

Returning To Earth

Returning To Earth

Jun 27, 2008

The pre-eminent and best loved Bengali poet after Tagore was an elusive, deeply private writer, reluctant to make himself better known, reluctant, in some crucial instances, to publish his own work...

Sacred Objects

Sacred Objects

May 23, 2007

There's an intriguing juxtaposition between the violence of the art-work and the violence of nationalism. Which perhaps explains why the educated middle class is essentially in agreement with the VHP that art shouldn't "cause offence".

'Triumphant Eclecticism'

'Triumphant Eclecticism'

May 07, 2006

The idea of an unbroken Indian tradition is probably an Orientalist invention. The 'Orient' itself comes into being in the early period of colonialism, and one of the earliest writers to perceive its great cultural, emotional, philosophical, and pol

Hovering On The Edges

Hovering On The Edges

Dec 08, 2006

There is another lineage and avenue in Indian writing in English than the one Midnight's Children opened up, along with an obsession with the monumental, and its source lies in Jejuri.

Argufying

Argufying

Sep 30, 2005

The problem of Indian modernity and humanism needs to be examined afresh -- if Indian modernity is a way of viewing the world, we haven't scrutinised, enough, the gaze in the mirror.

Distant Thunder

Distant Thunder

Aug 02, 2004

'Back in Calcutta after a month in England, I found that a debate, or a public difference of opinion, between two Indian academics had gone all but stale...'. Amit Chaudhuri writes on the articles by

In The Waiting-Room Of History

Aug 09, 2004

Chakrabarty's book is not only an unusually sustained and nuanced argument against European ideas of modernity, but also an elegy for, and subtle critique of, his own intellectual formation and inheritance as a Bengali.

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