Monthly Archives: July, 2020

The wait – Rana Preet Gill, Punjab

The soft hum of the aeroplane was enough to bring her out of the house, with her chore at hand tagging along, the knitting...

The Not So Bearable Lightness of Life! – Saurav Ranjan Datta, Kolkata

The old timepiece struck eight right at the moment when Arpita was just about to yank her mouth for a long drawn yawn. She...

Stay Cool – Sahaj Sabharwal, Jammu & Kashmir

Stay cool, Don't be a fool, Just like a mule, Are you a dull stool? Never be in terror loon, Or you will...

They Say – Vaishnavi Namdeo, Bareilly

They say, 'Check on your dress' They say, 'Why showing that bra strap?' They say, 'Why you go after 9?' They say, 'How...



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...