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Poem | Odysseys From India: A Tribute

Poem | Odysseys From India: A Tribute

Memories of journeys and voyages across the oceans, cultures and continents.

26 June 2022
Short Story: A Little Boy’s Harmonica

Short Story: A Little Boy’s Harmonica

A 9-year-old boy is witness to rows of coffins from his mountain house window. Through his innovative Blues, short dirges straight from the heart, he pines for...

26 June 2022

Book Excerpt: Why Are Women Missing From Public Spaces?

When the public space is hostile, women have no choice but to accept the misogynistic definition of a woman’s rightful place in society.

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

Short Story: Rage At The Machine

Instead of shoving his way into the train at Bandra station, Waghmare liked getting pushed and flowed into the bogey with the crowd. He witnessed the...

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25 June 2022
The Poetry of Homes

The Poetry of Homes

A poet sent her poem in response to the Nomad's Diary


25 June 2022
A Fistful of Poems About Father

A Fistful of Poems About Father

These poems commemorate fatherhood by recalling childhood stories, bonds made over books and rivers, the onset of illness and the eventual loss of the father.


25 June 2022
Poem: Collateral Damage

Poem: Collateral Damage

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


20 June 2022
Memories From Kamathipura: 'The First Time I Saw My Father'

Memories From Kamathipura: 'The First Time I Saw My Father'

Fathers' Day ruminations of the son of a 'tawaif' from Kamathipura in Maharashtra: 'He came for sex. She gave him love':


18 June 2022
Book Review | From Afro-euphoria to Afro-realism: A Reality Check On India-Africa Relations Over The Past Decades

Book Review | From Afro-euphoria to Afro-realism: A Reality Check On India-Africa Relations Over The Past Decades

The book assesses development projects funded by concessional LoCs, bilateral trade, people- to people initiatives, and grant projects between India and Africa.


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27 June 2022
Talat Mahmood: The Gentle Mould-Breaker

Talat Mahmood: The Gentle Mould-Breaker

The playback and ghazal singer of the 20th century crooned in more than 15 regional languages and also fought for the right to royalty fees for playback...


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...


18 June 2022
Painting The Walls Before They Collapse

Painting The Walls Before They Collapse

They utter something as one and in chorus. I tell them, I don't want to be late for my lecture on the importance of being dishonest about climate change.


13 June 2022
Regional Literature Needs Quality Translators: Assam Poet Rita Chowdhury

Regional Literature Needs Quality Translators: Assam Poet Rita Chowdhury

The Assamese poet and novelist, who served as the Director of the National Book Trust, reflects on the state of translations from Assamese literature and the...


13 June 2022
Book Excerpt | The Expiation: Travails Of A Young Widow

Book Excerpt | The Expiation: Travails Of A Young Widow

Translated from the bestselling Bengali novel Narach, Chronicles of the Lost Daughters captures the glory and decadence of late nineteenth-century colonial...


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...


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11 June 2022
Book Excerpt | Legacy: How Monohar Parrikar Missed His Chance At Greatness

Book Excerpt | Legacy: How Monohar Parrikar Missed His Chance At Greatness

‘Legacy’, the last chapter of An Extraordinary Life, Parrikar’s biography published by Penguin Random House India and authored by Sadguru Patil and...


11 June 2022
Bilingualism Inspires Us To Look Beyond The Limits Of Our Own Cosy Worlds

Bilingualism Inspires Us To Look Beyond The Limits Of Our Own Cosy Worlds

It doesn’t help if that one language is English. Everyone speaks it, or understands the necessity of the ‘lingua franca’. So it is no one’s language of...


05 June 2022
Trapeze, Circus, Jugglers, And Beyond: The Saga Of A Temple, A Mosque And A Survey

Trapeze, Circus, Jugglers, And Beyond: The Saga Of A Temple, A Mosque And A Survey

For digital media and television channels, the incident was like manna from heaven -- a lucrative opportunity to garner viewership. It soon manifested as one...


05 June 2022
No Strings Attached: Puppets of Tilonia

No Strings Attached: Puppets of Tilonia

The expressive puppets of Barefoot College in Rajasthan’s Tilonia village bind people to grassroots activism, helping them address a range of issues from...


05 June 2022
A Faded Souvenir Of The Forgotten Past

A Faded Souvenir Of The Forgotten Past

Rajkamal Chaudhary (1929–1967) wrote outside the dicta of dominant Hindi ethics. His stories can be read like montages, flashes and sudden glimpses of the...


04 June 2022
Book Review: It Does Not Die

Book Review: It Does Not Die

In a world obsessed with staying young, one can guess what lies at the heart of the Hidden Hindu. Gupta presses the right buttons of violence, hackers and...


13 June 2022
A Letter To Nikhat Zareen: Unboxing The Dreams Of A Small-Town Girl

A Letter To Nikhat Zareen: Unboxing The Dreams Of A Small-Town Girl

A letter to boxing prodigy Nikhat Zareen acknowledges the efforts of her father and offers words of advice on the way forward


13 June 2022
Poems | On Nature And Toronto

Poems | On Nature And Toronto

The topaz blue of the Toronto sky can transport one to the luminous regions of solitude.


13 June 2022
Poem | The Symphony Of The Tide

Poem | The Symphony Of The Tide

And I may have lost the shore/But now the ocean is my own.


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