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The Quest For Our Glorious Past Is How The Right-Wing Woos The People

The Quest For Our Glorious Past Is How The Right-Wing Woos The People

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

08 October 2021
Song Sung Blue: Aashiqui, Violin Man And Other Stories From Here And There

Song Sung Blue: Aashiqui, Violin Man And Other Stories From Here And There

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.

08 October 2021

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: How India Post Is Reinventing Itself In A Digital World

Postmen and women recall the days when the bearer of letters were served tea and snacks by grateful families.

Flashback: An Old-Timer Recalls Sepia-Toned Bollywood, In 70mm

Flashback: An Old-Timer Recalls Sepia-Toned Bollywood, In 70mm

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

08 October 2021

Angels And Demons: Growing Up In Bihar With Fantastical Tales Of Djinns And River Ghosts

In circulation for centuries, such hair-raising stories were an integral part of the state’s oral literary tradition.

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08 October 2021
The Sea In Mumbai And A Thousand Splendid Memories

The Sea In Mumbai And A Thousand Splendid Memories

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.


08 October 2021
Tiger By The Tail: When The LTTE Held Sway And Sri Lanka Was A Bloody Mess

Tiger By The Tail: When The LTTE Held Sway And Sri Lanka Was A Bloody Mess

Seema Guha’s recollections of the violent days in Jaffna in 1987. When a fragile truce between the Lankan army and the LTTE fell apart.


08 October 2021
From Delhi To Ontario: Seeking Mother Durga And Dhakis In Canada

From Delhi To Ontario: Seeking Mother Durga And Dhakis In Canada

The sights and sounds that are jarring at home become sweet music. Longing for things lost is the essence of nostalgia.


08 October 2021
A Catalogue Of Melancholic Ghosts

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.


08 October 2021
Aesthetics Of Nostalgia: The Past Is Not Just Sounds And Symbols But The Distance From Them

Aesthetics Of Nostalgia: The Past Is Not Just Sounds And Symbols But The Distance From Them

Nostalgia is now widely commoditised and its political potential is sought to be neutralised into the service of a politics of belonging over that of longing.


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08 October 2021
Phantom Comics And Phantom Cigarettes: Collective Yearning For A Vanished Past

Phantom Comics And Phantom Cigarettes: Collective Yearning For A Vanished Past

Mukul Kesavan’s essay on middle-class nostalgia in India—looking back fondly at a time when Indians were worse-off than they are today.


06 October 2021
Mahalaya: An Amalgamation Of Hope and Nostalgia

Mahalaya: An Amalgamation Of Hope and Nostalgia

For many, Mahalaya marks the homecoming of Maa Durga where she begins her journey from Mount Kailash to reach her maternal home that is Earth.


06 October 2021
When I Met Vajpayee During His Last Public Appearance

When I Met Vajpayee During His Last Public Appearance

Former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee, it was said, met journalists at his residence on his birthday each year.


06 October 2021
How India Post Is Fighting Back Not To Become Redundant

How India Post Is Fighting Back Not To Become Redundant

This month India Post completes 167 years of its existence. With the advent of technology, it could have long been gone. Instead, the department kept...


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