By Raziuddin Aquil and David L. Curley
The essays in our co-edited volume, Literary and Religious Practices in Medieval and Early Modern India, deal with the composition and reception of symbolic representations, and with social practices in literature and religion. In them, we have many opportunities to think about writing practices and literary genres in relation to religious boundaries and identities – whether multiple, dual or exclusive.
By Tapan Mozumdar
Ten minutes later, Neera came out of that ramshackle home nourished with a glass of buttermilk on the matriarch’s insistence. Notwithstanding the slippery bathroom that was offered to her after flushing it with a bucket of water, she was relieved of the pressure on her bladder and years of prejudices.
By Mohammad Ashraf Khwaja
Be it the shrill reminder of 1947 Jammu massacre (read genocide) by Dogra forces or the BJP state legislator Chowdhary Lal Singh’s public support to the rapist of 8-year-old poor nomad girl, Asifa, or the mood to declare Hari Singh’s birthday a state holiday, March 16th behaves like an intimidating djinn that fails exorcism.
By Rimli Bhattacharya
I have no hobbies. My life revolves in improving my own skills in acting and theatre. I work with children and I groom them. Since last twenty years, I had been working with teens and I enjoy working with them. So that is my life.
By Paromita Sengupta
Volga presents Sita through five short narratives, in four of which she is shown encountering “marginal/minor” women characters of the Ramayana, and each encounter is enriching for both Sita and the respective characters who are Surpanakha, Ahalya, Renuka, and Urmila. The fifth and final narrative features Rama.
By Santosh Bakaya
I grew up believing in the power of writing and of the word. Connected to this was my idea of the muse, of being inspired and the effect of Romantic poetry in writing what I feel when I feel intensely. The haunting nature, the lingering effect, and the sadness that readers come across, the melancholia if you will, in my works is clearly because of what I spoke of earlier.
By Sadiq Zafar
Galawati Kebab was specially innovated by the rakabdars at the court of the Nawab of Oudh in Lucknow for Nawab Wajid Ali Shah. To please the Nawab, the cooks of the royal court came up with a dish from ground meat to suit his appetite and teeth.
By VM Girija
Saeed Mirza’s autobiographical novel infuses life to the beautiful image of an intelligent and deeply emotional woman, who represents changing India. As she lived in the Nehruvian India, she had internalised all those democratic and secular values.
By Jaya Jaitly
In ten years, Dilli Haat became popular, both nationally and internationally. Lonely Planet and other guide books advised travellers to visit it. At one stage, impoverished Russians came in droves to buy inexpensive crafts, taking them back in gunny bags to sell in Moscow.
By Ananya S Guha
More than dismantling of statues, it denotes the dismantling of diversity and history, which is part of a larger game plan. It is a slow poisoning of the mind in order to demolish any remnant of civil discourse.
By Fahad Hashmi
Neyaz Farooquee’s memoir, An Ordinary Man’s Guide to Radicalism: Growing up Muslim in India, unravels the tattered, bruised, and anguished conscience of a young Muslim boy who lives in the vicinity of Batla House in Okhla, which shoots into infamy following a police ‘encounter’ that takes place in the area as the cops try to flush out suspected terrorists holed up in a flat.