Literature

  • Decompressing post-Jaipur

    Borgub's Lair |  Amrita Tripathi
    Every January, for the past 7-odd years, I've been one of those lucky enough to hit the Jaipur Literature Festival. Usually we get to soak...

  • Decompressing post-Jaipur

    Borgub's Lair |  Amrita Tripathi
    Every January, for the past 7-odd years, I've been one of those lucky enough to hit the Jaipur Literature Festival. Usually we get to soak...

  • I'm not watching Rahul Dravid's last match from the stands, am I not a true fan?

    Sanguine Symphony |  Pragati Ratti
    Rahul Dravid is playing his last match today. At the Ferozeshah Kotla Grounds. In Delhi. I stay in NCR and I'm not going for the...

  • A review of Saba Naqvi's 'In Good Faith'

    Hindustani awaaz |  Rakhshanda Jalil
    While much work has been done on exploring and exposing communalism in India, relatively little attempt has been made to understand its conjoined twin, secularism....

  • The closing of the Indian mind

    Bloody Mary |  Sagarika Ghose
    The counter argument to narrow mindedness is missing From the Grand Mufti's fatwa against the all-girl band in Kashmir, to the now lifted ban ...

  • By giving corruption a caste gloss, Ashis Nandy does not make it redemptive or acceptable

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    In 'Behind the Beautiful Forevers', a true account spun off as a novel, about life in Annawadi, a slum adjoining Mumbai airport, author Katherine Boo...

  • The bad girl of Urdu literature: Dr Rashid Jahan

    Hindustani awaaz |  Rakhshanda Jalil
    Rashid Jahan was a woman of many parts: a brilliant and hardworking doctor, a dedicated member of the Communist Party, a committed political organizer, a...

  • Are you a writer?

    Imagination To Ink |  Dr Manjiri Prabhu
    Have you ever felt a crazy urge to drop everything that you're doing, to write down an idea niggling at the back of your head?...

  • Childhood is not a destination, it's a sojourn

    Delhi Musings |  Shormishtha Panja
    I noticed that in my last blog (the kind comments on which are greatly appreciated) on the summers of my childhood spent immersed in books...

  • Literary voyeurism in the writings of Ismat and Manto

    Hindustani awaaz |  Rakhshanda Jalil
    The two enfant terribles of Urdu literature - Ismat Chughtai and Saadat Hasan Manto - delighted in being provocative, outrageous, even blasphemous; both were tried...

  • Of loving and leaving Bhutan

    Borgub's Lair |  Amrita Tripathi
    Bhutan is one of those places that just leaves an imprint - but as I write that, I think of other places visited, people met,...

  • Javed Akhtar: talking cinema, songs and the state of Urdu

    Hindustani awaaz |  Rakhshanda Jalil
    The Hindi film industry and its sorority of regional-language sister industries in the sub-continent has elevated the song-and-dance sequence to a rare art form. Inspired...

  • The hills are alive: hugged by the Queen, blessed by the Abbot

    Borgub's Lair |  Amrita Tripathi
    The sound of music resonated in the most unlikely fashion - After being treated to a dose of "high culture" music, if you'll allow me...

  • Contemporary Indian literatures

    From Heart to Heart |  H S Shivaprakash
    In spite of having an uninterrupted history of 200 years, Indian literatures, written in 22 officially recognized major languages, countless tribal languages and in foreign...

  • Rushdie row takes one back to the politics of 1980s

    Newsman |  Rajdeep Sardesai
    Is 2011-12, 1988-89 all over again? The near farce over Salman Rushdie's non-appearance in Jaipur, whether in person or even in a videolink, would suggest...

  • It's a wrap : On the Jaipur Lit Fest, fatigue and censorship

    Borgub's Lair |  Amrita Tripathi
    Festival fatigue has indeed set in, but I must remember not to keep asking people if the massive crowds leave them feeling wiped out! The...

  • India: Literature festival central

    Borgub's Lair |  Amrita Tripathi
    What is it about literary festivals? The thought of one can drive some people into rhapsodies, or have others pull their hair out, and that's...

  • Jaipur Lit Fest: We coulda danced all night

    Borgub's Lair |  Amrita Tripathi
    I have to announce right at the outset, that I've been to the Jaipur Literature Festival so many times, I have to double check whether...

  • Where the world is a stage...

    Borgub's Lair |  Amrita Tripathi
    It's impossible to sum up the Jaipur Literature Festival in a few words -- it's stunning, sun-drenched, sublime and chaotic all at once. You ...