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Yearly Archives: 2015

Clockwise Around the Fire – Barnali Ray Shukla, Mumbai

“No, this is not a love story but a story about love”. These are not my lines. The other day I watched this film, between meetings, at...

Uttarakhand – Krashnakumar S. Dave, Gujarat

Split, scattered, scarce they are, the houses, the hotels, the temples… Alive, animated, throbbing, inhabited once they were, now ruined, destroyed, doomed . The injured, the lost, the...

That Maneater of Sundarban- Prasenjit Gorai, Hyderabad

The weak afternoon sun, after traversing the whole sky could just somehow manage to disperse few slanting rays. Though they enveloped this vast maze...

Dispossession – Haimanti Dutta Ray, Kolkata

Had there been a parameter Whereby to scale the length and breadth Of a country, We’d have ascertained where our identities ended. Yet there are places – No Man’s...

The unsurpassable Time -Farah Siddiqui, Allahabad

O’h Time thou is so strapping and powerful Ages and ages thou has surpassed and ruled Now break-off it’s my plead Now stop and do not lead At...

Islands – Dr. Anupama Chowdhury, West Bengal

I. In the shadows of my lonely days Among the icicles of frigid darkness I looked into your eyes For an embalmed touch....   Like a steamed kettle over-burnt You shrugged...

Loss and Gain in the Process of Translation – Mukesh Kumar, Haryana

Translation according to the 8th edition of Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary is: The process of changing something that is written or spoken into another...

Five poems by Dr Abnish Singh Chauhan, Haryana

You embrace me the stored ego melts like an iceberg. ........................ A flower smiles raising the cheeks high happy eyes. ......................... Little white flowers of a mango tree spread mild sweet aroma. ....................... A river moves...
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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...