At 90, BN Goswamy's presence was precious and prescient. He left us, as if, while listening to Kumar Gandharva’s self-composed bandish in raag Shuddha Shyam.
A valuable addition to the literature that documents the lives of the Banjara community, this collection is sharp and it cuts deep. Like poetry should do.
Here are three poems chronicling conflict through the years. The poems are about Iraq, the Occupy Wall Street protest, and every deadly war waged since WW II.
In 'Monsoon', the narratives of the author, Vimala Devi, assume importance in the societal moralities in which 'she' lives as it has a huge impact on her writings.
Chetna Maroo’s Western Lane is an exacting portrait of a grief-stricken family
These memories of those times are precious to us. We are now living in abundant times where everything is so accessible and so dispensable. The joy is certainly not as much as it used to be when we went to watch films in...
Cutua, a pejorative term used by Hindu communalists for Muslims, was used in the Indian Parliament recently by Ramesh Bidhuri while addressing Danish Ali. This poem has been written in response to Bidhuri speech.
Seishi Yokomizo’s narrative is extremely detailed and he takes his time in letting the story unfold, travelling back and forth in time as required by the exigencies of the plot. He takes the reader through the...
The stories in Bithia Mary Croker and Alice Perrin’s ‘The Dread of Night: Supernatural Encounters From the British Raj’ are based on the world they saw every day, an India of dak bungalows, deserted bungalows in hill...
Abir Bazaz’s book ‘Nund Rishi: Poetry and Politics in Medieval Kashmir’ delves into the life and works of 14th-century Kashmiri sufi mystic and poet Sheikh Noor-ud-din Noorani, commonly known as Nund Rishi or...
From childhood memories to national identities, Sophie Ernst’s book HOME explores what the idea of home represents to people who have been forced to leave their homes behind. It also deciphers how artists, filmmakers and...
In the tangled web of intrigue and conspiracy theories, one glimpses a majoritarian nation taking shape
In a dance of contrasts, where historical significance intertwines with urban negligence, Lamhi tells the tale of cultural heritage under siege, and the erasure of a village’s cherished connection to its literary luminary....
Animal Farm to The Hunger Games, passages from dystopian novels over the years
The ‘Beautification and Upgradation Drive’ was one of the earliest directives by the Corporation aimed at altering the visual characteristics of Goa-aah, to transform the state’s landscape to picture-postcard beauty.
Sonali Chandra writes about Arjun Rajendran's 'One Man Two Executions' for Outlook.
Indian women writers have bravely choosen to tell the tales that were suppressed or silenced by the dominant narrative
Excerpted from Another India: Events, Memories, People by Chandan Gowda (Simon and Schuster India, 2023.)
Ukrainian poet and writer, Victoria Amelina, died recently from wounds inflicted by a Russian missile strike in the East Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk
The love and compassion one encountered in poet Jayanta Mahapatra’s company are legendary. The luminary who passed away last month has left behind the undying zeal for life
Reading verses of poets who trained the lens on erstwhile Bombay during poetry walks provides a new dimension to understanding their work.
Padma Award winner Manjamma Jogathi vows that it is her art that has taken her all the way from a remote village in Karnataka to Rashtrapati Bhavan
The mention of trans-people in various mythologies is proof that ancient people had a refined understanding of gender and sexuality
This fascinating collection of profiles of Indian women leaders is a good place to start a study of the growing space for female politicians in our democratic system, especially where it matters most—at the grassroots
The Peacemakers is a piece of literature conscious about the social reality of today’s India