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Book Review: Interior Monologue of A Diasporic Woman

Book Review: Interior Monologue of A Diasporic Woman

The book under review is named after the title poem 'Woman by the Door', which represents the interior monologue of a diasporic woman who confesses, 'I sit by the door today/ talk to myself/ my voice quivers/ as it reaches into the valley'

14 August 2022
The Wigmaker

The Wigmaker

This short story first appeared in Telugu about a decade ago in the author’s short story collection bearing the name of this story itself.  It depicts the...

14 August 2022

Short Story: Of Strangers And Friends

The writer delves into the bond between two slightly different worlds.

Book Excerpt: Attar

Book Excerpt: Attar

This story is from the forthcoming book 'Mistress of Phoolpur' from Speaking Tiger.

13 August 2022

Untimely Death Declared (One Day Left)

Begin now the journey until your dying day/Write your own prescription for poetry/Read out loud every poet you’ve ever loved/Eat a feast prepared with you in...

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13 August 2022
Who's Afraid Of Ranveer Singh's Butt?

Who's Afraid Of Ranveer Singh's Butt?

The outrage against Ranveer Singh’s ‘nude’ photographs needs to be located within the wider context of the actor’s quirky sense of fashion and his...


16 August 2022
Neem Leaves and Silence

Neem Leaves and Silence

The writer tells us to involve our sensory memories and versions of silence while writing.


13 August 2022
A Bouquet Of Poems

A Bouquet Of Poems

The poet, marked as the most important British poet by the academic world, delves and scouts for the surreal stories in his surreal chronotope.


06 August 2022
Sonnet Mondal’s An Afternoon In My Mind - A Book Of Million Moments

Sonnet Mondal’s An Afternoon In My Mind - A Book Of Million Moments

The dewdrop and the insect make the world beautiful, but even if their lives are momentary, they continue to lend their beauty. The dewdrop and the...


06 August 2022
Poem: Night Rain

Poem: Night Rain

The poet spins a surreal drama of a rainy night that will wriggle within the reader for a while.


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06 August 2022
They Suffer

They Suffer

They suffer from suffering, They stink of hunger and poverty, They don’t even know their chances of surviving, Many go into vices due to this.


06 August 2022
Poem: Hiroshima And Nagasaki

Poem: Hiroshima And Nagasaki

The wound seems incurable, perhaps that is better that way for our ever-failing memories. Poet writes, 'That it has taught us failure,/ Loving it as the...


06 August 2022
Revisiting Rajmohan Gandhi’s Mini Masterpiece

Revisiting Rajmohan Gandhi’s Mini Masterpiece

The book is a scholarship of the different spots from which these embodiments of the Muslim community in India exuded representation throughout the British...


30 July 2022
Short Story: Hari Jadu Madhu

Short Story: Hari Jadu Madhu

The short story travels to the unreal reality of the protagonists intersecting in the milieu of Assam. Do you know Assam means peerless?It is derived from the...


23 July 2022
Book Excerpt: Chambal Revisited

Book Excerpt: Chambal Revisited

The translator reflects that while the name Chambal evokes a range of associations like fear, grandeur, violence, crime, and heroic machoism, in our mind,...


16 July 2022
Book Excerpt: I See The Face

Book Excerpt: I See The Face

This is an excerpt from the Bengali novel, I See The Face (2006), by Shahidul Zahir (1953–2008), of Bangladesh. Translated by V. Ramaswamy. The enchanted...


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16 July 2022
Gelatin, Goblins And Dandelions

Gelatin, Goblins And Dandelions

'The petals would reach the Stratosphere, earnestness is long-lost now,' writes Fatima Khan.


09 July 2022
A Broken Earth Will Recover

A Broken Earth Will Recover

'I have all that I want and still seek,' writes the poet during a dark time looming large.


09 July 2022
The Butterfly Clip And The Jolnapai

The Butterfly Clip And The Jolnapai

I did own a jolnapai, a gift from appa. He outgrew his pair of black-but-fast-turning-grey polyester pants and so he took them to a tailor a few blocks down...


09 July 2022
Short Story: The God Of 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...


03 July 2022
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...


02 July 2022
Book Review: Repression, Resistance and Great Power Game

Book Review: Repression, Resistance and Great Power Game

In this 500-page work, Ambassador Talmiz Ahmad presents issues covering most of the important countries of West Asia and North Africa (WANA), its history,...


02 July 2022
Poetry: The Night And Views Spread Inside And Out

Poetry: The Night And Views Spread Inside And Out

'We were a winter that became factories and movies and cults and several mysteries in the world,' writes poet Mihir Chitre.


02 July 2022
The Revenge of Monday – Belles-Lettres

The Revenge of Monday – Belles-Lettres

Such is the terror of Monday. Monday is the ultimate revenge upon Friday in the case of the more fortunate ones and upon Saturday in the case of those...


26 June 2022
Book Excerpt: Why Are Women Missing From Public Spaces?

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.


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