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Poem: The Rohingya

By Usha Nellore
The Buddha said, be detached.
I can’t be detached.
You can’t be detached.  
No one should be detached.
When another human is attacked,
what is it like to be detached
what is it like not to fight back.


The Story of a Secularist in India

By Navras J. Aafreedi
Noticing my parents’ reluctance, when the official there suggested that they give me just any name if they did not wish to pass on theirs, my father perceived it as the expression of doubt on my legitimacy and gave my first name a couple of suffixes, my mother’s caste name, Jāt and the name of the Pashtun/Pathan tribe he comes from, Āfrīdī (He spelt it Aafreedi to emphasize the long vowels in it, and not for any numerological reason.).

Paris: An Immortal Memory

By Jagari Mukherjee
I wanted to see the city which has been immortalized by poets and artists. I wanted to see the city which had formed the backdrop in works like Alexandre Dumas’ Camille, Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal, and Sartre’s The Age of Reason, amongst others. I had watched and loved movies like Moulin Rouge (based on Camille) and Gigi (based on Colette’s novelette). As for me, my painting of Paris will be a work of Impressionism rather than Realism as I attempt to recapture its essence mainly through the perfumed mists of memory.

Memoir: Revisiting my school

By Fayezah Iqbal
I sank in a bit more in my environs, inhaled more of that air and more of that soil, saw myself as one of those children frolicking, romping, and eating silently there during the recess. My present coalesced with my past.

Shillong’s Tribal-Punjabi Conflict: A Struggle for Survival

By Ananya S Guha
The penchant of the media to rake this up as a Dalit issue is to politicize it and fit it into the overall politics of the country, where Dalits are attacked in various parts the country. It is not the case in Shillong. It is a local issue over a conflict of interest. It is also not an ethnic clash, because of the same reason.

Two Poems

By Michelle D’Costa
When they ask, you know any Konkani films?
​S​ay, you’ve ​no clue. They’ll believe you​.​
Minorities have no music or cinema.

What ails our perception of North East India?

By Ananya S Guha
A lot of discussion on North East India is focused around questions of politics, identity, society, and even literature. Seminars are held all over the country generating debate and polemics. Many of the seminars and conferences only result in producing books, which publishers from Delhi, eyeing the academic market, take advantage of.

‘Watchmaker’: A brave experiment in Indian cinema

By Nabanita Sengupta
Anindya Banerjee in ‘Watchmaker’ does not entertain. He provokes the audience to think. Together with his actors, he raises uncomfortable questions regarding the extremely intangible notion of time and leaves the answer open. ‘Watchmaker’ does not answer any question; it opens up many new ones and therein lies its success. The film is multi-layered, and a brave attempt in Indian cinema to represent the abstract.

Why fasting during Ramadan is good

By Muhammed Favas
Ramadan plays a pivotal role in the human mind expansionism process. By giving up sexual contact and regulation of food, self-control is exerted. Since Muslims are expected to refrain from backbiting, lying, unnecessary hullabaloo, gossiping during Ramadan, it further institutes control over self.

Two Poems

By Tikuli
the river hears her hurried footsteps 
with rapt attention, at its bend
under the shade of the mangroves,
a boat and a promise patiently wait
ready to carry her away. 

Charge Sheet: A fictionalized non-fiction

By Kabir Deb
He went near Rehnuma, as she lay there before me with death curling over her sedated & bloodstained body. He took her in his scary arms, did the penetration that I witnessed for hours with fading day & much darker night. He strangled her with the churni she bought last winter.