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Chennai Chess Olympiad: The Art of Dance, War And The Great Game

Chennai Chess Olympiad: The Art of Dance, War And The Great Game

Aug 03, 2022

Choreographed chess moves that hint at medieval statecraft, feudal hierarchy, fight for land and crown, and the art of defending territory. But should we analyse the art and the game this much?

The Underwater Chess Players Of Chennai - The Fever Of 44th Chess Olympiad, 2022

The Underwater Chess Players Of Chennai - The Fever Of 44th Chess Olympiad, 2022

Aug 03, 2022

Chennai shivers with the chess fever, and yet does not lose the poise while celebrating and hosting the prestigious 44th Chess Olympiad, 2022.

A Performance On Tagore's Songs To Spread Trans Justice

A Performance On Tagore's Songs To Spread Trans Justice

Aug 01, 2022

They dance so adroitly and gracefully, Laxmi. Oh, is she/he Kinnar? Rubia? Is she/he Tagore's Chitrangada? Their existence questions the partition of inside and outside, gender and sexuality, twilight, and the monsoon night?

The Fear Of Losing Friends

The Fear Of Losing Friends

Jul 27, 2022

We live in the age of pyar dosti hai on the one hand, and opposite sexes cannot stay friends on the other

Keeping Mumbai Mills Alive: Why The Art of Resistance Must Master Time

Keeping Mumbai Mills Alive: Why The Art of Resistance Must Master Time

Jul 27, 2022

The mills in Mumbai, when you finally stand in front of one, wear the look of a vagrant with a half-burnt cigarette hanging unlit from his mouth.

Photo Essay: Mumbai Sleeps Covered In Old Posters

Photo Essay: Mumbai Sleeps Covered In Old Posters

Jul 21, 2022

Photographer Ritesh Uttamchandani knows his Mumbai; he watched its continuous premiumisation, its transformation, the language of the posters, changes they predict, and the journeys they undertake

A No-trust Motion Against The Monsoon

A No-trust Motion Against The Monsoon

Jul 16, 2022

All the poets are not enthralled by rain. Kushal Poddar writes that he has trust issues with the shower.

Moon Floats On The Black Water: A Bihar Artist's Memories Of Flood Echo In Her Art

Moon Floats On The Black Water: A Bihar Artist's Memories Of Flood Echo In Her Art

Jul 10, 2022

Artist Shambhavi Singh's art is forged using sickles in works like 'Reaper’s Melody of Kaatani Geet, 2018' and uses motifs like the goddess in 'Red Kali 2009'. But the presence of black and water in her solid artworks reflects the ravages of the 1975 Bihar floods on the collective memory of a state.

Monsoon Metronome: The Inner Beat Of The Rain Soaked Heart

Monsoon Metronome: The Inner Beat Of The Rain Soaked Heart

Jul 09, 2022

The ghost of sunlight haunts us down, and when we meet it begins a story we have been hearing for millions of year. Kushal Poddar receives the buzz and transits that here.

A Matrix Of Varied Realities Through The Lens Of Bangladeshi Photojournalist Shahidul Alam

A Matrix Of Varied Realities Through The Lens Of Bangladeshi Photojournalist Shahidul Alam

Jul 07, 2022

An exhibition explores the emotive world of Bangladeshi photojournalist and activist Shahidul Alam’s photographs. Some of these photographs are haunting while others capture glimpses of a world that exists but often remains unseen.

The Thin Skyline Divides The Day, Evening And Night -- Two Poems

The Thin Skyline Divides The Day, Evening And Night -- Two Poems

Jun 30, 2022

If Derrida would deconstruct the subliminal literature of the humdrum of the days, evenings, and nights, perhaps he would say that do not believe what the poet writes but do find where he leaves a space. Poet Kushal Poddar synthesizes the daily routines, coffee, dreams, deaths, and hardworking laborers.

Painting The Walls Before They Collapse

Painting The Walls Before They Collapse

Jun 18, 2022

They utter something as one and in chorus. I tell them, I don't want to be late for my lecture on the importance of being dishonest about climate change.

An Ode To The Mother Of My Child

An Ode To The Mother Of My Child

May 08, 2022

A poet's ode to the mother of their child.

An Allegory Written In Blood

An Allegory Written In Blood

Apr 06, 2022

“How was your day?” I ask my wife as if I can still ruin it...

Two Poems On Ukraine And One On Peace During Wartime 

Two Poems On Ukraine And One On Peace During Wartime 

Mar 21, 2022

Vignettes featuring a morning-walker, a kitten and a crow, oblivious to the tremors of violence. The after-blast rain reveals skeletal basics. What does peace see at her windowsill during war? A dove? Or a falcon?

The Loops Of Love On The Holi Day

The Loops Of Love On The Holi Day

Mar 18, 2022

The fingers can make you feel - I open a flower one petal at a time/until nilch remains of it except a sense of loss and gain we lose again and again.

Poems: February Witnesses Death Of The Singers

Poems: February Witnesses Death Of The Singers

Feb 25, 2022

Kushal Poddar's new poem delves into the anatomy of death and glimpses of a funeral.

Poem: The Lévi-Strauss Kind Of Love

Poem: The Lévi-Strauss Kind Of Love

Feb 15, 2022

Our shadow has flatfoot and it rolls down/to the estuary of obscure.

Two Poems: Of Pens And Moths

Two Poems: Of Pens And Moths

Feb 12, 2022

'Perchance it denotes only/the season, slant of the afternoon'

Can Statues Teach Us About History? Do They Tell The Truth?

Can Statues Teach Us About History? Do They Tell The Truth?

Feb 03, 2022

The statues mark a point of time; time removes them; the new statues represent some different ideology; common men and onlookers remain unchanged beyond their individual lifetime and psyche.

Poem: Florida Migrant Boat Capsize

Poem: Florida Migrant Boat Capsize

Jan 28, 2022

The flesh and the rot, rot and fish/fish and us become one

'At The End of A Protest': A Poem On Farmers' Protest

'At The End of A Protest': A Poem On Farmers' Protest

Jan 02, 2022

The farmers' protest that went through the entire 2021 was sustained by numerous camps, tractors, and deaths. As time welcomes new dawn, a tribute to the farmers' agitation through the eyes of a poet.

New Year Poetry | New Calendar Day

New Year Poetry | New Calendar Day

Jan 01, 2022

As another year begins under the shadow of the pandemic, here's a short poem to begin New Year 2022 on a thoughtful note.

Patna Through The Eye Of The Third Kind

Patna Through The Eye Of The Third Kind

Dec 30, 2021

Snapshots of Patna seen through photographs—people, places and poetry

Where Comedy Is Not A Relief, But A Constant Build-Up Of Tension

Where Comedy Is Not A Relief, But A Constant Build-Up Of Tension

Dec 09, 2021

Stand-up comedians, ‘two-nation theory’ and other stories that failed to tickle our funny bones

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