Poets Aditi Angiras and Akhil Katyal, editors of ‘The World That Belongs To Us’, on how they put together the wildly ambitious project.
‘Terrarium’ by Urvashi Bahuguna, ‘Love Without a Story’ by Arundhati Subramaniam and other gems helped me.
Kashmiri poet, filmmaker and academic Asiya Zahoor talks about Article 370, the significance of the Chinar tree in Kashmir, and the necessity of expression and ordinary joys even in the most turbulent places.
India's Ambassador to the UAE and translator of Khooni Vaisakhi, a poem about the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, says regret is not enough.
The two young poets are torchbearers for their communities, which have been torn by State violence.
I met Dr. Harivansh Rai one chilly evening in November 1996. It was his 89th birthday, and he was sitting wrapped up in a
The times, they are a changin’. When word of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize triumph caught wind, the literary world broke into heated
The rare three-day celebration of poetry is a chance of a lifetime for Mumbai residents.
"Sheher mein agar har din check-in kar rahe ho toh zinda ho tum."
My book is a culmination of a dream that was stitched over a long time as I grew up, and which, at times, seemed improbable. For me it signifies the triumph of a “below par” schoolboy who always wrestled with doubt and wondered if he was good enough at anything. Getting this volume of poetry out bolstered my self-belief and gave me faith that I too could carve a little corner for myself in a wide wide world.
Of all the things I did not know of Hardy and came to know only recently (and here's a gory bit: his heart was cut out from his body to be buried with his first wife in the village cemetery, but the rest of him lies in London at Poet's Corner), what struck me as particularly interesting was his war poetry. Rather, the anti-war sentiments in his war poetry.
Bollywood veterans Lata Mangeshkar, Sudhir Mishra and Mahesh Bhatt among others paid an emotional homage to renowned poet
In digital times, any ode to lustrous hair (zulfein), soulful eyes (ankhen), unique style (andaaz) pretty smile (muskurana) or alluring walk (chal) would perhaps invite ridicule. Is it any surprise, therefore, that far away from the sophistry of 'Kabhie Kabhie Mere Dil Mein' we have 'Sexy Dress Mein Bomb Lagdi Mainu' which is funky. But crass. Above all, it is impossible to sing along.
"Maya", as a concept in Hinduism and Buddhism, means attachment to the tangible aspects of life and relationships. It is a sentiment which the scriptures sternly warn you off of, as they say it is spiritually unhealthy. They say this is all transient -- an illusion. That it is not the truth. And yet, as my friend chose the name "Maya" for her adoptive daughter, I was struck by the intense attachment she felt for the child.
In another Facebook post, director Ghaywan shared pictures of a signed copy of Kumar's 'Saayein Mein Dhoop', addressed to
I have never felt as wordless as when I was trying to articulate my experiences of sexual harassment on the streets of India. When these incidents took place, all I wanted to do was to perhaps take a lesson from them and then move on, forget about them. They made me feel emotionally weak, helpless, as if freedom was out of my grasp. I could imagine others saying, "So what? After all, she was never raped."
In effect, The Supreme Court says that different, more stringent standards apply to speech related to personalities of the "historically respected" kind. They are entitled to more deference than the common man. It ends with the shocking line, "we do not intend to express any opinion that freedom of speech gives liberty to offend."