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In memory of Marcel Proust

 My Lockdowns With Marcel Proust: Escaping Covid Anxiety Through Reading 

'I first tried to read Proust because of social pressure, which is the worst reason you could ever have for discovering a writer you never read before. As I progressed through my studies, Marcel became more and more present.'

04 December 2022

An integral part of the Hornbill Festival is the eponymous bird, as elusive as the legends it has

The Legend Of The Great Hornbill In Nagaland

Chasing the origins of Nagaland’s symbol– the Hornbill bird– through tribal tales and legends


The author of 'The Adivasis will not Dance' Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar

Politics Of Writing: How Author Of ‘The Adivasis Will Not Dance’ Treads Through Complex Terrains

Ashley Tellis meets Adivasi writer Hansda Sowvendra Shekhar who continues on the path of writing, no matter how difficult.


On the same day, we lost our own land.

The Day I Lost My Own Land

As bulldozer had pierced our own land, own home. Those cruel people, on the bulldozer, had nothing their own.

03 December 2022

The Chipko Movement: A People’s History has won the Kamladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize 2022

Book On Chipko Movement Wins Presitigious Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Prize

The Chipko Movement: A People’s History by eminent historian Shekhar Pathak (translated from Hindi by Manisha Chaudhry) wins the prestigious Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize in its fifth edition.


Adivasi lives caught in the curse of mining in Saranda

Mission Saranda: Adivasis And The Curse Of Mining

Nearly 50 villagers from Dubil have been working in Chiria Mines as casual mining labour since 1991, but none of them have been regularised.

27 November 2022

Deep into the night...

Book Review -- Dead End: The Minister, The CBI And The Murder That Wasn’t

In 'Dead End: The Minister, the CBI and the Murder That Wasn’t', veteran journalist V. Sudarshan chooses this very episode to weave a true crime narrative that keeps in view both the compelling human drama at the heart of...

03 December 2022

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Kalam Patua's Kalighat painting on Nirbhaya rape case

Traditional Or Contemporary: Under What Category Do Folk And Tribal Arts Bearing Modern-Age Flourishes Fall?

While critics remain divided about where to place folk and tribal artworks that incorporate modern-day elements, themes and techniques, the artists themselves remain unbothered and say all art is just art.

27 November 2022

27 November 2022
Travelogue: Trivial Backpacking And The Touchy Marmot 

Travelogue: Trivial Backpacking And The Touchy Marmot 

The author recalls memories from a 'pointless and meaningless trip in the garb of a mountain expedition in this story.


27 November 2022
Fever Dreams: Living With My Uncle Perry

Fever Dreams: Living With My Uncle Perry

'Grandmother often told me how Perry had gone to the office in the morning, a perfectly normal man and had been brought home violent and unmanageable'. The...


20 November 2022
How I Became A Hoarder Of Sarees

How I Became A Hoarder Of Sarees

Like many other girls, I wore saree for the first time on my school farewell day. It was a turquoise blue chiffon saree that my mother had bought for some...


19 November 2022
Poems Of Gopal Lahiri

Poems Of Gopal Lahiri

Gopal Lahiri is a bilingual poet, critic, editor, writer and translator with 27 books published, including five jointly edited books. His poetry is also...


19 November 2022
The Politics Of The Poor In A Democracy

The Politics Of The Poor In A Democracy

Much as in Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Kenya, Turkey, and Malaysia, democracy in India has been a key plank of political legitimacy for anti-colonial elites...


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19 November 2022
The Women Of The Ganguly Family

The Women Of The Ganguly Family

Following the lives of three sisters, their unbreakable bond, and a nation about to be born, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s new novel, 'Independence', is a...


19 November 2022
The Pursuit Of The Future

The Pursuit Of The Future

Space dogs, stray dogs and my mother’s Soviet love of science.


13 November 2022
Fragrant Memories: The Quintessential Smells Of Home

Fragrant Memories: The Quintessential Smells Of Home

A prose that leads readers down the memory lane of aromas, smells, fragrances and odours that eterenally breath fresh life into old memories.


13 November 2022
Short Story: Hera Gayle Daiya Re

Short Story: Hera Gayle Daiya Re

A story that follows the lives of Viksa and Manjhay and becomes a metaphor for the choices that humans make.


13 November 2022
Poem: The Lived Experience

Poem: The Lived Experience

The poet calls out the society for harbouring 'Fear, violence, threats, manipulation, Tools of control, Oppression, exploitation, subjugation', and reflects...


12 November 2022
The Joys Of Philately

The Joys Of Philately

Some of the earliest stamps related to the modern petroleum industry were issued by Azerbaijan circa 1920.  In 1959, the US issued a stamp commemorating the...


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12 November 2022
Delhi To Duliajan: My Longest Road Trip

Delhi To Duliajan: My Longest Road Trip

What made me embark on this voyage? Almost everybody from the Buddha to ibn Battuta has a reason to travel.


12 November 2022
Book Review: Speaking in Tongues: Poems in Spanish, Mandarin, and Turkish

Book Review: Speaking in Tongues: Poems in Spanish, Mandarin, and Turkish

All said and done, too, Speaking in Tongues is, throughout, a book of travels. A journey through life; a journey, in different ways, through the world. A...


12 November 2022
Jean-Luc Godard: The Man Who Became Immortal... And Then Died

Jean-Luc Godard: The Man Who Became Immortal... And Then Died

Godard is indeed a cinema giant and yes, it is quite difficult if not impossible to wrap him up between the beginning and the end of an article. There is no...


06 November 2022
Tackling Climate Change: Hindi Journal Looks At The Anthropocene In A First

Tackling Climate Change: Hindi Journal Looks At The Anthropocene In A First

Many believe environment studies to be a Western concept, but concerns about the environment are deep-rooted in Eastern civilizations and their literature.


06 November 2022
Book Review: Shivers, Shudders Or Illusions? Taranath Tantrik And Other Tales From The Supernatural

Book Review: Shivers, Shudders Or Illusions? Taranath Tantrik And Other Tales From The Supernatural

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay put his formidable skills to writing about the supernatural when he wasn’t writing about village life and making waves with...


06 November 2022
Cake And Other Poems

Cake And Other Poems

Four short poems by Meher Gandhi on the ravages and drudgeries of life, of the short, sharp pains and passive absences.


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