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Yearly Archives: 2013

Night at Balasore – Kousik Adhikari

The night at her fashion-less wedding On the nude streets of  Balasore, Beggars hunting sleep After day’s wrecks, Trees luckless at their Mid-widow life, yearns For a rainy day’s dance- Men...

The Thing About Water – Ananya Sarkar, West Bengal

Each time Ramu turned on the tap and saw the water gushing forth--- spontaneous, clear, sparkling---he couldn’t restrain from putting his hands in the...

Why Should education be commercialised – Preethi Padmanabhan, Tamilnadu

Why should education be commercialised? Is it a necessity? Or has it become a commodity? A custom–aka-fashion has become the quantisation of education today which...

Remembering the end – Madhuchhanda Karmakar, West Bengal

Forgetting to remember the end fragmentary sentences clings on its amorphous presence. Words drowns in the swirls of the ink swallowing letters as it sinks Facades blot. I return back from all the...

The Sapience of a Healer – Dr. Mohsin Bin Mushtaq

Flurry showers of snow were peacefully carpeting the entire city of Srinagar. An uneasy calm overthrew the buzzing of summer lutes in our north-most...

Ode to Motherland – Renjith V. Sathyan, Thiruvananthapuram

Never a poet, a lover of beauty. Nor a singer, a devotee of music. Words burst out from my heart. Music whistles from my mind. Now I am...

To Nissim Ezekiel – Salin Gopinathan, Kollam

An alarmed squirrel barked and swished of his tail alerting the crows on the twigs of the trees. A woman screamed and ran to and fro. Neighbors and...

Life Story – Wribhu Chattopadhyay, West Bengal

I live in a lame land Like those castrated clap Who can only dance in And out side of an alley. Here is no living words for Unknown names,...
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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...