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Poems to read on lonesome nights

Lonesome Lockdowns, Bedtime Blues: Poems On Surviving Solitude

'An empty whisky bottle', 'stale coffee mugs', and a 'blue veil of darkness' become metaphors for solitude in these poems that capture the foggy miasma of loneliness.

10 July 2022

Love in times of monsoon.

Love In The Time Of Monsoon

Monsoon, the season of love, longing and petrichor has just arrived in many parts of India. Here is my poem on love in the monsoon. The readers can read it as a single poem or five different poems on love in the time of the...


Monsoon metronome.

Monsoon Metronome: The Inner Beat Of The Rain Soaked Heart

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.


'The Weird Women's Club' book review

Book Review: Ode To Sisterhood And The Shared Struggles Of 'Weird Women'

Three women with different issues - a sudden widow, an equally sudden divorcee, and a teacher who cannot conceive - form the core of the plot of Aruna Nambiar's new novel 'The Weird Women's Club'.

10 July 2022

God of the frolic.

Short Story: The God Of Frolic

The retreating monsoons had done their job and left the land cleansed and wet. The sky had cleared, and the sun had broken through the clouds, shining down upon the inhabitants...


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

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...

08 July 2022

Literature and rains.

Kalidas And Mountain Rains: Some Metaphors And Magic

Rains are perhaps the most accessible and used motif in literature. Since rains offer a stunning range of states like light drizzle to massive floods, from lush greenery to excruciating humidity, it came to symbolize...

09 July 2022

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Short Story: The Lady And Her Umpteen Cats

Short Story: The Lady And Her Umpteen Cats

‘Sometimes, the felines’ earnest endeavors would even go in vain as the ailing lady would end up burying her face in her hands,’ writes Hina Fatima Khan in a heartwarming short story.

03 July 2022

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01 July 2022
Climate Is A Refugee: The Story Of Nature And Man In Poetry

Climate Is A Refugee: The Story Of Nature And Man In Poetry

As our relationship with nature continues to fall apart and the number of climate refugees grow, artists and writers provide empathy to make sense of these...


01 July 2022
The Othering Of History: India’s History Books Are Heavily North-Centric

The Othering Of History: India’s History Books Are Heavily North-Centric

Our history books have to do justice to every region of India — but only for the sake of truth and for acquiring a balanced knowledge of our great land


25 June 2022
Tamil Translation – An Old Language For Modern Reading

Tamil Translation – An Old Language For Modern Reading

Translations from Tamil to English are moving towards new directions in Indian publishing which augurs well for an ancient language to attract contemporary...


25 June 2022
Poem: Collateral Damage

Poem: Collateral Damage

The shootouts at schools...the attacks at the places of worship... should have never happened...



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18 June 2022
Book Review | 'Data Peer': Longing For A Long-Gone, Harmonious World

Book Review | 'Data Peer': Longing For A Long-Gone, Harmonious World

Hrishikesh Sulabh’s latest Hindi novel, Data Peer, set in a Patna locality called Peermuhani, brings alive a world where the spirit of coexistence binds the...


13 June 2022
Book Review: The City And Its Redundant People

Book Review: The City And Its Redundant People

Malati Mukherjee’s translation of Bitan Chakraborty’s 'Redundant' is a lesson in empathy for outsiders trying to find a foothold in the city of their...


12 June 2022
Poems From Goa: Songs Of Nature, Forgotten

Poems From Goa: Songs Of Nature, Forgotten

These poems by Priyal 'Woodpecker', one of the new age hippies of Goa, look at the loss of Goa's natural spaces and the impact of human invasions on what was...


10 June 2022
For Good And For Verse: What The Booker Prize Can Do For Indian Poetry

For Good And For Verse: What The Booker Prize Can Do For Indian Poetry

A Bitter-Sweet Experience in the World of Literary Translations: In the global Anglophone market, only the novel and big non-fiction travel. Our best poetry...


10 June 2022
Booker Prize For Geetanjali Shree May Be A Great Moment For Hindi Literature, But Not Enough For Indian Translations

Booker Prize For Geetanjali Shree May Be A Great Moment For Hindi Literature, But Not Enough For Indian Translations

The International Booker Prize for Geetanjali Shree's Ret Samadhi put the spotlight on literature and translations, but for publishers, they often fail to even...


10 June 2022
The Business Of Translations: How Badly Translators Are Paid And The Minimal Attention They Get

The Business Of Translations: How Badly Translators Are Paid And The Minimal Attention They Get

For years, Indian publishers have sought government help that will allow them to pay translators a decent wage for their work so that literature can speak...


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10 June 2022
Journey Of An Accidental Translator: Two Decades Of ‘Bengalification’ And A Long Engagement With Bangla Language

Journey Of An Accidental Translator: Two Decades Of ‘Bengalification’ And A Long Engagement With Bangla Language

'Like some people are driven to write, some people are driven to translate out of an urge to share something of literary value,' says V Ramaswamy who began...


10 June 2022
Awaiting Discovery: World’s 7th-Most-Spoken Language, Yet Bengali Literature Has Very Little Translations

Awaiting Discovery: World’s 7th-Most-Spoken Language, Yet Bengali Literature Has Very Little Translations

For years, Bengali has had dominance among other Indian languages when it came to literature translated into other languages. For the late 19th and early 20th...


10 June 2022
Reflections: Translations Illumine The Rich Literary World Of Indian Languages

Reflections: Translations Illumine The Rich Literary World Of Indian Languages

With a view to bringing voices from faraway places, especially of the marginalised and the forgotten, we have had poetry, stories and reports translated from...


10 June 2022
Diary | All Translations Are In Some Way Adaptations Or Retellings: Wendy Doniger

Diary | All Translations Are In Some Way Adaptations Or Retellings: Wendy Doniger

'There are so many languages to learn, we all are grateful for careful, serious translations of texts in languages that we ourselves cannot read,' says Wendy...


07 June 2022
Lingual Anarchy: ‘Un-derstanding’ The Language Of Gibberish

Lingual Anarchy: ‘Un-derstanding’ The Language Of Gibberish

The art and poetry of Mithu Sen, and her quest to critique power politics and 'unsettle structures that society constructs'.


07 June 2022
Good News For Indian Translators: New PEN Initiative Aims To Fund Unpaid Translations

Good News For Indian Translators: New PEN Initiative Aims To Fund Unpaid Translations

PEN Presents is a new program by PEN English to support funding for sample translations and the program will be taking submissions from Indian translators as...


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