Monthly Archives: April, 2016

Bird Lore – Utsav Kaushik, Delhi

He lives in the veritable charm Where sparrows chirp. They sing his eternal lore That nobody thinks.   Cropping in her claws, She builds her lair. Worms, beetles in tweak, She feeds...

Catharsis – Indrashish Mitra, Maharashtra

‘Thinking will not overcome fear, action will.’ - W. Clement Stone ‘To escape fear, you have to go through it, not around.’ - Richie Norton ‘Always...

Can I get a cup of coffee please? – Preeti Madhusudhan, California

"You know what's nice about sitting here and.." "I have this insane craving for caviar you know..." "Insane? You got that right girl. So you have...

A Ballad of a Marauder – Harjeet singh (H.S Sidhu), Punjab

Time was there lived a saint. And was wont to deliver himself of practical preachings. Direct was his attachment with God. Oneness of inwardness and outwardness was...



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...