Poetry Corner: Volume 3

March brought some unexpected heat and setbacks. Both the poles set record temperatures, the education of young Muslim girls in the subcontinent continues to suffer amid political and judicial malice, there’s economic ruin somewhere while foundations are being laid for an apartheid state elsewhere. There’s not much good news, which is why this month’s poetryContinue reading “Poetry Corner: Volume 3”

Poetry Corner: Volume 2

The world is hurting – there are wars afoot, we are still reeling from the pandemic, there is an alarming rise in fascism, fake news, poverty, hunger and ignorance. It’s time we recognise that it’s important to take a stand for human rights above everything else, for one can’t remain insulated from the divisive forcesContinue reading “Poetry Corner: Volume 2”

Love without a story

This is a collection of poetry fermented and aged with love. A love that’s long past the sappy, blinkered vision that youth harbors. A love that goes beyond just two individuals and walks the earth, misses friends and family, connects deeper with the gods. More importantly, one that finds self at last; a wounded, stitched-togetherContinue reading “Love without a story”

Nine Lives and a Summer Requiem

Nine Lives by William Dalrymple In a land where gods and goddesses abound as do their stories, Dalrymple’s search for the sacred in Modern India still throws up interesting threads. From tantric rituals in cremation grounds, houses lined with skulls to the frenetic energy of Sufi dancers, the author underlines how faith in chosen godsContinue reading “Nine Lives and a Summer Requiem”

Shades of love

Modern love may be a swipe away, but it’s still messy. Ask Mumbai-based illustrator Indu Harikumar. When she started 100 Indian Tinder Tales in 2016, it was through the prism of her own experience. As the circle expanded, out came stories of gay men finding love, extra-marital affairs, fleeting encounters, couples tying the knot, rather funny tales involving hair dressersContinue reading “Shades of love”