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Opening Essay

Nostalgia: The Ghost...

Memories are many-hued, multi-layered. The clock turns back in time. The past finds its way into the present.

Mukul Kesavan | October 18, 2021
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  • Aesthetics

    Jaane Kahan Gaye Woh Din: The Past...

    Nostalgia has a deeply political aesthetic that recoils from symbols and ­certitudes. It doesn’t let us reconcile ourselves to the past as a template for the future.

    October 18, 2021 | Rashmi Varma
  • Snippets

    My Other Lives

    The past is a world before the pandemic, a place of happiness perhaps, of love, of togetherness. We want a romanticised past to become our future.

    October 18, 2021 | Chinki Sinha

Other Stories


The Past In Future Tense

The politics of nostalgia involves mobilising the masses around the yearning for a glorious past brought alive in imaginations of the future

October 18, 2021 | Vikas Pathak

Revolutions: A Running Show

The Congress and the Left habitually inhabit a past of real and exaggerated achievements

October 18, 2021 | Preetha Nair

Our Past In The Present

From Partition to genocides in Rwanda and elsewhere, museums are important to understanding our fractured past

October 18, 2021 | Shuchi Kapila
Durga Puja

Fallen Earth And Divine Soil

No festival is complete without its own set of myths. Traditions invented for the relatively new Durga Puja...

October 18, 2021 | Snigdhendu Bhattacharya

A Catalogue Of Melancholic Ghosts

Are your sweet memories as summer-centric as mine? One summer, I read through all my novels and comics. You see, I was bored.

October 18, 2021 | Kushal Poddar

Pause And Effect

Missing the sound-drenched ethos of Delhi’s Durga Puja, set to rhythm by the childhood dhaaki, in the autumnal stillness of Ontario

October 18, 2021 | Bhaswati Ghosh
Sri Lanka

Fright Nights

Jaffna, 1987. A fragile truce takes hold between the Lankan army and the LTTE, with IPKF keeping peace. Then, it explodes into bloodied bits.

October 18, 2021 | Seema Guha

Born From The Ocean, Into The Ocean We...

An NRI looks back with fondness, and a little bit of regret, at the time when the sea was part of her everyday life but didn’t matter as much as it does now.

October 18, 2021 | Sukhada Tatke

A Story Can Cure You

Fantastical tales of djinns, river ghosts and demons in circulation for centuries were an integral part of growing up in mofussil Bihar

October 18, 2021 | Abdullah Khan
LP Records

Of Diamonds And Rust

Not only do they have indubitably unique sound, old vinyl records effortlessly summon up the past in a whirl of tactility and art

October 18, 2021 | Snigdhendu Bhattacharya

A Nostalgist’s Map Of Kashmir

The events entrenched in memory are all ­imbued with a tinge of grief. A medley of loss and tears.

October 18, 2021 | Huzaifa Pandit

Newsreel From The Valley In Eastmancolor

Always a community exercise, film viewing in 1980s Kashmir left an impact on the audience few could anticipate

October 18, 2021 | Naseer Ganai

Persistence Of Dreams

Scattered souvenirs from memory’s cache spread across Panjim, Sao Tome and Fontainhas, of growing up under Portuguese colonial shadow

October 18, 2021 | Govit Morajkar

Framed Memories

From Lahore to Delhi, Dinesh Khanna follows in his father’s footsteps to capture extraordinary images.

October 18, 2021 | Dinesh Khanna

Stop The Ride, I Want To Get Off

Oh, to be able to return to the dank, muggy, single-screen theatres in dusty mofussil towns, and to relive the magic of Bollywood...

October 18, 2021 | Giridhar Jha
Post Office

Bells Of Letters

A festschrift to penmanship, ink, paper, stamps and the man in blue on a bicycle

October 18, 2021 | Jyotika Sood



In case you missed it: News and newsmakers from India over the past week

October 18, 2021

Fighting Fire In UP

For the moment, the Lakhimpur Kheri crisis appears to have been defused. However, this may...

October 18, 2021 | Vikas Pathak


Book Review

Chronicler With A Movie Camera

Romila Thapar’s account of a 1957 journey to ancient Buddhist sites in China, across swathes of Silk Route territory and modern cities, comprises both visitor’s gaze and historian’s introspection. The result is time travel with a continually shifting lens.

October 18, 2021 | Alka Acharya


Actor’s Diary

I never wanted to be an actor. Though I was always told that I am a good actress, I never took...

October 18, 2021 | Konkona Sen



Published feedback from our readers: rants, raves, bouquets, brickbats

October 18, 2021