Monthly Archives: September, 2018

The Grand Circus – Tanisha Tekriwal, Uttarakhand

Eventually, we all move to another ride Slowly letting go of the short-lived before And taking in the fleeting after As we trudge through the eternal chrysalis...

Paper rolling – Utsav Kaushik, Delhi

I feel perplexed, bewildered, flabbergasted, ironically, When the quotidian Express is delivered without Prime; No concerns regarding getting things done on time. Well, what time is it? Eight...

Cell No: 22 – Vivek Muralidharan, Tamilnadu

Andaman Pillai, that’s how everyone call him. A tall, manly, old man about 90. His thick white moustache would prove that he believes in...



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...