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Monthly Archives: May, 2011

Smoke – Ashish Nandwani, Chandigarh

I seek the stimulation of my nerves… In order to bear with the scrutiny of the world I mark a target everyday… To make my place on...

A meeting with the almighty – Vincent Marias

It was during the good old days of my college life.  Life was happy and carefree, devoid of any serious responsibilities other than collecting...

It’s hard to say- Haritha Hariprasad, Karnataka

The biggest irony in life, I feel, is that ‘every destination seems too far but the journey itself is too short’. But where...

A far away pain – Malu, Tamilnadu

The alarm rang. 6 am Anita opened her eyes. All she could see was the pouring rain. Cold breeze seeped through the half-opened window. It...

The Matriarch -Sheela Toshili Nath, Kerala

Once a brave matriarch Now a widow with a failing heart Faltering steps, feeble voice Empty eyes wait for the final act. Her three daughters in distant lands Possess...

Everywoman a pheonix – Rinkoo Wadhera, Sikkim

Everywoman Sets upon a crusade, The vista is grim, Her visage, set. To slay the demons, that deny her, even the first breath of life .. And then, battle...

Scripting the Queen – Rajashree Anand, Delhi

Words pour into the brain, like ants in line, in unison. They creep into grey esoteric valleys in solitary words, groups of phrases, mobs of sentences, in unashamed, circles of...

A Naughty Game – Indah Widiastuti, Tamilnadu

An afternoon delight gleaming in the corners of my eyes, made me feel beautiful and entitled a right to allure the slanting sun. Tilting my head on window, I...
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Resurrection

i have arrived at my altar. hark! i rise, i flourish, i pirouette on my one toe and float like a...

Stalking Prisons

The streets are empty with no one in sight, I check the big clock of the tower behind the basilic of Saint Francis of Assisi. It’s 2 o’clock on a mid-summer Tuesday afternoon. Everything’s shut. Everyone’s resting. My heart’s hitting the walls of its all so tight ribcage, as I need to cross the brightly lit square and go to the other side.

Revisiting Ambedkar’s Vision of ‘United States of India’: Can It Stand as Modern India’s Viable Alternative?

In April 2020, Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor waded into the debate, arguing that a Presidential system would prevent the “one-man show” that the Indian system has evolved into. The proponents of this line of thought also cite the United States' (relative) political stability as one of the key reasons to support their argument. The proposal challenges the Indian Constitution’s “Basic structure doctrine” decided by the Supreme Court in the Kesavananda Bharathi case. However, this requires further examination: a Presidential form of government might fix some of India’s political gridlock, but it may also open Pandora’s Box, releasing a whole wake of issues in its place. This includes a politically biased Supreme Court and horse-trading of MPs on a scale unheard in Indian politics.

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Reviewing ‘Obsession and Wild Pigeon’ by Ismat Chughtai

My interest in Ismat Chughtai developed when I first...