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Lost Poetry of Education

By Priyanka Tiwari
Education must create a broader picture in the child’s mind about the philosophy of life, the madness of individuality and the music of life and death. After all, the more we come closer to death, the more we start to live.

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Satyajit Ray’s ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’: An expertly crafted cinematic gem

By Prithvijeet Sinha
As a proud Lucknowite myself, I reserve my praise for Ray’s satiric langour and eye for detail in the Awadh-bound trajectory in Shatranj Ke Khiladi (The Chess Players). The complexity in a game of chess, by turns, tests one’s mental capacity or, should I say, awareness of life’s unheeding twists of fate.

Short Story: Hands

By Vivek Nath Mishra
I manured and watered them regularly but the plants were not that shiny anymore. She had some tricks that I didn’t know, perhaps the plants knew her touch. The sparrow that built nest there in my roof garden chose some other place, and the bulbul found another hand, I guess.

Chinsurah by the Ganga

By Nishi Pulugurtha
Nothing of the Dutch Fort Gustavus remains today. Above the staircase of the bungalow of the Commissioner of Burdwan is a plaque with the letters “VOC 1687”, a sign of the Dutch past. Next to the Hooghly Madrassa nearby is a house that once served as the residence of the Dutch Governor of Chinsurah. The original building has been demolished and the British constructed a building in the same place, which serves as the residence of divisional commissioner of Burdwan.

Love || Eat || Pray|| Lynch

By Sabyasachi Nag
The man
Entrusted with the sentence swings and strikes each time
Tabrez makes a slow lunge at the trajectory of the cane –
Shaking his head as the enforcer implores
To chant after him – Jai Shri Ram.

Language after Babel

By Ravi Shanker N
Initially, Dalit poetry in English showed the same characteristics and same reasonings of vernacular Dalit literature (with the exception of Malayalam). But, are we witnessing a change? Since these poets mainly operate from metropolises and other urban areas, their concerns primarily revolved around the well-worn images of Dalit oppression as met in the cities.

Review: Netflix Series ‘Leila’

By Murtaza Ali Khan
There is a whole world of dystopian literature available for study but perhaps Deepa Mehta didn’t want to go beyond the idea of a squalid underbelly that has been best captured by films like Salaam Bombay and Slumdog Millionaire.

Squat the Delhi metro system! Now! Everyone!

By ARAM
We call all persons with female bodies, commonly known as ‘women’, to flood the metro system and use it as public space henceforth. Its free, it has A/C, clean floors to relax on. We especially invite all pavement-dwelling, homeless women and their underage children to start squatting in the metro system.

Transgenders: The Third One

By Maliha Siddiqi
If sex work exists, it is sustained by a large clientele for these sex workers. It is strange and inexcusable to impute immorality and perversion to the sex workers, while turning a blind eye towards the consumers of the trade. It is safe to assume that the hijras would not have been forced to live a degraded life if we had offered them an impartial chance at life without discrimination.